The Winner of the Philips South African Innovation Fellows competition is...

hearScreen mHealth solution is the #nextbigidea in improving access to primary healthcare

Johannesburg, South Africa – Philips South Africa has announced the hearScreen mHealth solution as the first winner of its South African Innovation Fellows Competition. The Innovation Fellows Competition was launched in August this year in collaboration with the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, with the goal of unlocking local talent and addressing regionally relevant challenges in healthcare

The hearScreen mHealth solution makes widespread systematic hearing testing possible by providing a cost-effective, sustainable smartphone application that provides clinically valid tests and can be operated by generalist health personnel (e.g. community healthcare workers) along with cloud-based data management and referral systems linking patients to services.

How does it work?

Starting from 19 August 2015, interested participants can register at www.innovationfellows.co.za and submit their #nextbigidea

Who can enter the competition?

The Philips “South African Innovation Fellows Competition” is open to all South African Citizens or permanent residents from age of 18 years

What are we looking for?

Philips is calling South African innovators to submit their ideas for products and services that will help to improve primary healthcare access for fellow Africans.

Do you have the next big idea for meaningful innovation addressing one of the following themes?
1. ICT solutions to improve access to healthcare
2. Solutions to improve care delivery
3. Healthcare imaging for low resource settings utilizing smartphones
4. Diagnostic tools for low resource settings
5. Innovations for healthy living for mother and child

What success looks like in this competition

Success in this competition requires:

  • Innovation and Creativity - we're looking to reward new ways of tackling the innovation gap
  • Vision and feasibility - entrants will need to clearly explain the project, plans to bring it to life, and how it can be scaled to help more people
  • Impact - successful projects will solve an unmet need and have a meaningful impact on peoples' lives
  • Transparency – the entrants need to be specific about how the R200,000 prize money will be used to progress the project

How does it work?

Phase 1 – Submit an idea

  • Starting from 19 August 2015, interested participants can register at www.innovationfellows.co.za and submit their #nextbigidea in word or pdf addressing the following topics:
    1. The challenge being addressed
    2. The technology solution proposed
    3. The social impact expected
  • Please remember The South African Innovation Fellows competition is looking for the best products, services and tangible ideas that address the issue of improving access to primary healthcare.
  • If your idea is selected, you will receive an e-mail confirmation about how to move onto Phase 2 of the competition.
  • Entrants will be judged on the quality of the overall idea as well as the proof-of-concept (implementation) demonstrated.
  • Applications can also be sent via email from 19 August 2015 to 23 September 2015 to : application@innovationfellows.co.za



Phase 2 – Finalists selected and notified

  • Philips in collaboration with the Innovation Hub, Pretoria will announce five finalists on Wednesday, 30 September 2015; entries will be evaluated and judged by the Philips Innovation Fellowship Adjudication Steering Committee.
  • Selected finalists will be notified via email; all other participants will also get an email informing them that their entries were received but did not make it to the final shortlist.
  • Each finalist will receive a Rand 12,000 cash prize
  • Training will be provided by domain experts for the top-5 shortlisted entries to develop their ideas, business plan and presentations.
  • Top five finalists will have the opportunity to share their plans with the media and a panel of Innovation experts at the “Philips Innovation Talk”, a discussion session with experts in the field of Innovation being planned for 8th or 9th October 2015. (Dates subject to change)



Phase 3 – Winner selected

  • The final winner of the fellowship will be announced by the Philips Innovation Fellowship Adjudication Steering Committee on 10, November 2015.
  • One grand-prize winner (from the short-listed five finalists) will receive a fellowship grant of R200,000 and mentoring from Philips.
  • In addition, the winner will get mentored by The Innovation Hub in Pretoria and will be coached in the startup phase of his/her idea.
  • The fellowship grant amount of R200,000 will be available as a research & development budget to develop the concept in collaboration with Philips, owned by the entrepreneur.
  • The winner will be able to spend this fellowship grant of R200,000 to get support from the Philips Africa Innovation Hub based in Kenya to create a prototype of the idea; if a prototype exists, the fellowship grant will be used for the creation of a go-to-market strategy for the concept in collaboration with the Philips Africa Innovation Hub.

Who can enter?

The Philips “South African Innovation Fellows Competition” is open to all South African Citizens or permanent residents from age of 18 years (individuals, small teams and start-ups).

Prizes

The winner of the competition will receive R200,000 as a fellowship grant to support the development of the best idea.

In addition, the winner will get mentored by The Innovation Hub in Pretoria and will be coached in the startup phase of his/her idea.

The fellowship amount of R200,000 will be available as a research & development budget to develop the concept in collaboration with Philips, owned by the entrepreneur.

There will be five finalists short-listed to compete for the final fellowship grand-prize; each of the finalist will receive a R12,000 cash prize.

The winner will be able to spend this fellowship grant of R200,000 to get support from the Philips Africa Innovation Hub based in Kenya to create a prototype of the idea; if a prototype exists, the fellowship grant will be used for the creation of a go-to-market strategy for the concept in collaboration with the Philips Africa Innovation Hub.

Training will be provided for the top-5 shortlisted entries to develop their ideas, business plan and presentations.

Submit your entry


Thank you for your interest in the Innovation Fellows competition; we are no longer accepting entries as the competition ended on 23 September 2015. Please keep an eye out on social media and this website for the shortlisted candidates.

Media

 
The South African Innovation Infographic


 
 
The South African Innovation Report


 
 
Philips meaningful survey - South Africa


 
 
Do South African’s consider themselves to be innovators?


 
 
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