Health start-ups gearing up for digital pitch to U.S. investors

New business models emerging in wake of corona
01 October 2020
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A survey of 27 health start-ups has found that 82 per cent of interviewees view the corona crisis as an opportunity for their business model despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and its economic repercussions. The issue will be discussed by a panel in Hamburg's The Labs Space at 7 pm on Thursday (October 8, 2020). Organised by the German Accelerator and the Hamburg Invest Startup Unit, the event will also see five Hamburg-based health start-ups pitch digitally to U.S. investors from the co-working space. 

Leading health location  

Demand for digital solutions is growing in an era marked by reduced interaction between doctors and patients for fear of infection. Hamburg is one of Germany's leading medical centres and is the seat of multiple stakeholders and many  start-ups dedicated to healthcare. Philips is one of the largest companies in the sector and supports start-ups in co-operation with the Techniker Krankenkasse health insurer. 

New business models 

North German and U.S. experts will exchange views on health start-ups and address the opportunities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the resulting social innovations and new business models during the panel discussion. "The event is a good opportunity for us to raise the international visibility of our vibrant start-up ecosystem here in Hamburg," said Veronika Reichboth, Head of Hamburg Invest’s Startup Unit. "The pitch to a jury consisting of investors holds a great opportunity for start-ups in Hamburg to network on an international scale." Click here to register


The Labs Space

Founders have joined forces to bring their employees, partners and customers together in The Labs Space, which is within walking distance of Hamburg's City Hall. The emphasis is on mutual learning, joint presentations and collaborations where appropriate. Even though health and artificial intelligence top the agenda, founders from other innovative areas are also welcome to join The Labs Space. Among the initiators are Sirko Pelzl and Marc-Angelo Bisotti, whose apoQlar firm, has recently been ranked one of Germany’s TOP 50 start-ups. 


Hamburg Invest

Hamburg Invest is a one-stop agency for new business settlements and investments in Hamburg and the main partner for all business development issues in the city. A wide range of services is available for SMEs. Hamburg Invest also markets urban commercial and industrial sites - from site development, advertising and customer contact to leasehold rights and purchase contracts. Technology and knowledge-based start-ups find their main point of contact here.