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Millions of people are going through the emotional challenge and stigma associated with stammering and speech impairment. With the current speech therapy solutions being expensive, prone to relapse and inaccessible (only less than 1% of people in India having access to speech therapy), the team came up with a mobile app which acts as a personalized digital coach for the stutter that is both affordable and scalable. Ideas drive innovation, but when personal experiences also fuel the vision, relatability and compassion get added to the mix, and what you have is a winner. Two of the co-founders struggled with stammering from childhood and built the AI-powered speech therapy application to address the unmet need and create a huge societal impact.

Meet Singhal Co-founder and CEO,
Harsh Tyagi Co-founder,
Anshul Agarwal Co-founder,

Runner up

*In alphabetical order

Ameliorate Biotech

The rapid testing ASSURED kit detects the three most prevalent mosquito-borne diseases - Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue - on the 1st day of symptoms with a single blood sample, in less than 15 minutes. It uses vertical flow technology to improve sensitivity and recombinant designed antigens improving specificity, minimizing the chances of false results.

Dr Rashbehari Tunga
Managing Director and Founder,
Ameliorate Biotech.
Dr. Binita Shrivastava Tunga
Co-founder and Director,
Ameliorate Biotech.
Padmaseetha Technologies

OmniPD is a portable peritoneal dialysis cycler that empowers renal patients to execute dialysis anytime, anywhere. This cloud based patient management system connects patients with their caretakers and doctors, stores dialysis data, and sends alerts for better preventive care.

Gowrishankar Wuppuluru
Founder and CEO,
Padmaseetha Technologies.
Thiagarajan Thandavan
Co-founder and CTO,
Padmaseetha Technologies.

Honourable mentions

*In alphabetical order


As per WHO, globally 7000 newborns die every day and 500,000 per year are from India. 50% of these deaths are due to preterm birth and asphyxia. Prevalence of these conditions can be reduced by regular fetal monitoring from the 24th week of pregnancy and during labor. To combat this issue, team CareMother came up with an idea of an AI powered portable, wireless and smartphone based fetal monitor that can help make accurate diagnosis of the babies' health and improve healthcare outcomes for millions of expecting mothers.

Tarana Mendiratta Lead -
Partnerships and Alliances, CareNX
Shantanu Pathak Co-founder and
CEO, CareNX Innovations.
Pritee Dehukar Senior Operations
Manager, CareNX Innovations.
Tarana Mendiratta Lead -
Partnerships and Alliances, CareNX
MedPrime Technologies

Based on AI, Medprime Technologies is looking at solving the problem of making diagnostics lab scanning easily accessible for a huge population like India’s. A digital microscopy machine that can help perform multiple functions of a diagnostic lab as whole slide scanning, AI-powered sample analysis, and remote microscopy. Striving to make a difference to the Indian healthcare ecosystem and focusing on the challenge of improving accessibility to the larger population, Medprime’s main focus is on the overall improvement of healthcare by developing new technologies that can be beneficial to all.

Greeshma Unnikrishnan Co-founder
MedPrime Technologies.
Samrat Founder MedPrime
Mahesh Kumar Rathor Co-founder
MedPrime Technologies.
Binil Jacob Co-founder MedPrime

Other finalists

*In alphabetical order

India Vision

India has 12 million blind people, 1/3rd of the world’s blind population, with little or no access to assistive technologies, which leads them to live a life of dependency. This is also a cause of unemployment among them and a low quality of life. To address these grass root level needs of the visually impaired, India Vision has designed a Smart Cap that can process images of text, face, object and scene etc. for the user describing them using speakers or headphones. An idea that can have a large societal impact by solving employability challenges for visually impaired, ‘Bindu Smart Cap’ looks at breaking the stereotypes and providing a sustainable life for the visually impaired....

Rutuja Udyawar Founder and CEO,
India Vision.
Atharva Kulkarni Development
team, India Vision.
Amey Hengle Development team,
India Vision.
Predible Health

Predible aims to bridge the shortage of expertise in radiology interpretation for lung and respiratory care. Acute shortage of thoracic radiologists often leads to misdiagnosis among 100M+ respiratory patients. 20-30% of early lung cancers are missed; median time to diagnosis for ILD is 11 months. Through LungIQ, the team aims to use artificial intelligence on chest scan images to diagnose lung cancer, Covid-19 and other lung related diseases quickly and accurately....

Suthirth Vaidya Co-founder and
CEO, Predible Health.
Abhijith Chunduru Co-founder and
CTO, Predible Health.
Adarsh Raj Chief Architect,
Predible Health.
Pulse Active Stations Network

The Pulse Active Stations Network is a connected network of IoT-based Smart kiosks known as the Pulse Active Stations. Each Pulse Active Station generates a report with over 21 body parameters and risk indicators for 12 lifestyle diseases and is placed in a public area with high footfall such as Malls, Hospitals, Stations and other centers for the convenience of the user. The thought of applying AI and interconnecting these kiosks through the power of the internet will only magnify the impact it can have on a large population like India's by creating self-awareness and driving preventive healthcare....

Joginder Tanikella Founder and
CEO, Pulse Active Stations Network.

Winner journey in ZS PRIZE

Team Stamurai, ZS PRIZE 2021 Winners
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Winner,
Team Stamurai
Stuttering speech disorder and a nervous breakdown couldn't stop Meet Singhal from helping others facing the same issues. He and his friends Anshul Agarwal and Harsh Tyagi founded Stamurai to help people overcome speech impairment. A proud winner of ZS PRIZE inaugural edition, he shares the Stamurai story and their journey with ZS PRIZE here. Watch now
Gowrishankar Wuppuluru, ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team
Founder & CEO,
Padmaseetha Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Padmaseetha Technologies' Founder & CEO, Gowrishankar Wuppuluru shares in-depth details about how his portable dialysis device was designed and how he can help millions in need. Listen in, as he shares the various experiences of his entrepreneurial journey and what keeps him excited about his product along with his journey with ZS PRIZE.
Gautam Pasupuleti, ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team
Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD,
Biodesign Innovation Labs
Gautham Pasupuleti, CEO & MD, Biodesign Innovation Labs aims to tackle the shortage of ventilators and lower the mortality rate in India. He left a promising corporate career to become an entrepreneur. Watch him, share the details of his innovative idea, his career graph and his experience with ZS PRIZE in this interesting video.
Rutuja Udyawar, ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 8 team
Optimum Data Analytics.
Rutuja Udyawar, Founder, Optimum Data Analytics aims to help the visually impaired read using their innovative solution Bindu Smart Cap. In this video, she explains her innovative concept, her vision for the product, and how the mentors at ZS helped make the product market-ready.
Akshay Navalakha, ZS PRIZE 2021 Top 20 team
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 shortlisted team from Swasthya.ai. Its Co-Founder, Akshay Navalakha, shares how his personal struggles with the healthcare management system drove him to devise a patient-driven platform. His dream is to build a remote monitoring platform for a holistic patient-centric system. Watch his story here.

Jury Speak

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Juror Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon
"The level of competition was of a very high order", recalled ZS PRIZE 2021 Jury member, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon as she spoke about her interactions with the Top 8 teams for the final pitch round. Watch her here talking about the criteria for deciding the winner.
Dr. Dipak Jain
In conversation with Dr. Dipak Jain, President (European), CEIBS, Former Dean of Kellogg School of Management, and member of the 2021 ZS PRIZE jury.
In this candid conversation ZS PRIZE Jury member, Dr. Dipak Jain, President (European), CEIBS, and Former Dean of Kellogg School of Management talks about the level of innovative thinking and sound reasoning that participants of ZS PRIZE showcased.  Dr. Jain shares his insights and suggestions for the teams willing to participate in the next edition of ZS PRIZE.
Dr. Ferzaan Engineer
In conversation with Dr. Ferzaan Engineer, Co-founder and Chairman of Cytecare Hospitals, and member of the 2021 ZS PRIZE jury.
ZS PRIZE 2021 Jury member, Dr. Ferzaan Engineer, Co-founder and Chairman, Cytecare Hospitals lauded the initiative for providing an excellent opportunity to entrepreneurs to make a difference to healthcare. ZS PRIZE put the limelight on the change makers in healthcare and helped them improve their ideas. Picking the winner for ZS PRIZE from the Top 8 finalists wasn't an easy decision. Watch him speak of his experience here.
Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Juror Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
In this candid conversation the ZS PRIZE 2021 Jury member, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India hails ZS PRIZE as an innovative way of inviting technological talent to transform healthcare and critical issues that need to be addressed. Watch the video here as Prof. Reddy discusses the role of ZS PRIZE in shaping various unique ideas in healthcare.
Sandeep Singhal
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Juror Sandeep Singhal
Sandeep Singhal, Co-founder, Nexus Ventures and ZS PRIZE 2021 Jury member was pleasantly surprised at the final pitch round to see novel concepts taking shape to improve healthcare in India. Here, he speaks about the factors that helped decide the winner of ZS PRIZE 2021.


Abhishek Trigunait
In conversation with Abhishek Trigunait, Chief Technology Officer Principal ZS, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator.
Tarun Pandey coached one of the Top 20 teams for finalising their go-to-market strategy. His rich experience at ZS, dealing with finding viable business solutions for clients, came in handy here. In this interaction, he talks about his 'rewarding and fulfilling mentorship experience'.
Shankar Viswanathan
In conversation with Shankar Viswanathan, Principal, ZS India, and ZS PRIZE 2021 Evaluator
In this candid conversation, Shankar Viswanathan, Principal, ZS India mentions how the Top 20 teams used cutting edge technology to solve some of India's deep-rooted healthcare challenges. He feels that all the Top 20 teams have passion and a deep sense of purpose in their ideas, and thus align naturally with the ZS PRIZE vision.

Watch the awards ceremony here

Awards Ceremony

The ZS PRIZE awards ceremony for the inaugural edition was the culmination of a very keenly contested healthcare challenge where over 33,000 of the brightest talent in India registered and 2,900 submitted healthcare ideas.

After rigorous scrutiny, 20 teams were shortlisted for further mentoring by experts in ZS and the industry. A final shortlist of 8 were mentored by experts in ZS, and renowned clinicians to pitch their ideas to the eminent ZS PRIZE jury. Watch the ZS PRIZE awards ceremony for the inaugural edition here to be inspired by the 8 finalists and celebrate the winners.


Apoorva Aggarwal
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor- Apoorva Aggarwal, Office Managing Principal, ZS India
Apoorva Aggarwal is all praises for the Top 20 teams for ZS PRIZE. Here, she shares her experiences of coaching one team and helping them through their entrepreneurship struggles. Watch the video on how she helped the team get past the challenges of entrepreneurship while adding finesse to their solution.
Tarun Pandey
In conversation with ZS PRIZE 2021 Mentor - Tarun Pandey, Office Managing Principal, ZS India.
Tarun Pandey coached one of the Top 20 teams for finalising their go-to-market strategy. His rich experience at ZS, dealing with finding viable business solutions for clients, came in handy here. In this interaction, he talks about his 'rewarding and fulfilling mentorship experience'.

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