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Millions of people go 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 have access to speech therapy), the team came up with a mobile app which acts as a personalized digital coach for those with a stutter that is affordable and scalable. The idea was built from the team's personal experience, which is a clear differentiator and is addressing an unmet need that has a huge societal impact....

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

Runner up

*In alphabetical order

Ameliorate Biotech

Malaria, Dengue, and Chikungunya are highly prevalent diseases in India and there is huge inefficiency in the timely detection of the exact disease for several reasons. The rapid testing kit or single diagnostic device that the team are developing has a huge market need and can detect accurately and differentiate between mosquito borne diseases like Malaria, Chikungunya, and Dengue. The way they channelized their personal loss into a source of energy for innovating such a novel solution that can have a nationwide impact is commendable. Their device is affordable and easy to use even in the rural areas....

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

In India, millions of patients go through dialysis and are dependent on hospitals to get the treatment and need to travel quite a bit to get the dialysis. To combat this and provide easy accessibility to such patients, Padmaseetha Technologies have worked on a simple, safe, anytime/anywhere mobile peritoneal dialysis device, OmniPD. The portable dialysis cycler along with a smartphone-based patient management system that stores data, analyzes and sends alerts for better preventive care. It will ensure that patients with dialysis needs and their families can perform dialysis with ease at their convenience. It is an extremely novel idea and given that 17% of the global diabetes population resides in India....

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 Innovations.
Shantanu Pathak
Co-founder and CEO, CareNX Innovations.
Pritee Dehukar
Senior Operations Manager, CareNX Innovations.
Zeeshan Anjum
Product Manager, CareNX Innovations.
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.
Founder MedPrime Technologies.
Mahesh Kumar Rathor
Co-founder MedPrime Technologies.
Binil Jacob
Co-founder MedPrime Technologies.

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.

Jury Speak

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.
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.
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.
  • 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.

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