Global StartupCities eHealth Program 2022

About the Program

 This Multi-stage EU eHealth start-ups competition is a chapter of the Global StartupCity Cluj-Napoca affiliated with the Center for Health Innovation HIVE and it’s designed to help early stage health innovation entrepreneurs transform their ideas into world changing companies, faster and smarter.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to grow their business skills and global network through carefully designed trainings, mentoring sessions and evaluation stages. Start-ups who successfully complete the program will be able to take their venture to the next level!

The program includes 4 different stages the startups must get through in order to win the prize: 1-year mentoring by a high-profile IT Company offering tech support and 1-year support for pilot and validation within the healthcare system. 

4-10 July   Solution Validation Workshops by Linnify

14 july   eHealth/Medical Evaluation

20 July  Technical Evaluation

27 July Business Evaluation 

29 July Final Evaluation

Solution Validation Workshops by Linnify

Applied workshops to touch the essential points that go into validating the need for a solution on the market.

Idea exploration – where we understand and define the problem we are solving the solution we have in mind and for whom.

  • What does it solve and for whom?
  • Output – problem statement and target market.

Market research – in which we analyze the market quantitatively and qualitatively.

  • How big and painful is the problem? And how is it currently solved?
  • Output – The size, value and trends of the market. User persona, scenarios and journey. Competitor analysis.

Unique value – where we establish the unique value proposition.

  • Why would your target market come to you to solve their problem?
  • Output – Competitor positioning map and reach. Value proposition panel. Lean canvas model.

Ideation – where we detail the concrete ways in which the solution will deliver the unique value proposition.

  • How will the solution concretely deliver a unique value proposition?
  • Output – Why and vision. Product idea map. Solution outlines.

Validation – where we set out the details of the validation experiment.

  • How can we effectively validate the need for the solution?
  • Output – Hypothesis and validation metrics. Scenario of the experiment. Timing and resources based on impact/effort matrix analysis. Initial pitch with a clear demand.

            10:00 – 18:00

  • Program and process presentation – 1h
  • Defining problem statement and target market (10 seconds pitch) – 2h 
  • Market research directions (quantitative/qualitative) – 3h

            A hackathon starts at 14:00 on Friday and ends at 16:00 on Sunday.

  • Hands on market research by participants

            14:00 – 18:00

  • Market research conclusions (report, competitor analysis, user personas, scenarios, journeys, PESTLE) – 3h

            10:00 – 00:00

  • Competitor landscape and differentiation (SWOT, Positioning Map, Competitor Radius) – 2h
  • Unique Value Proposition – 2h
  • Product vision – 2h
  • Ideation – 2h

            00:00 – 16:00

  • Validation setup – 2h
  • Experiment planning – 2h
  • Initial pitch with clear ask – 2h

Stage 1 Proof of eHealth Concept

The purpose of Stage 1 – Proof of – eHealth Concept is to demonstrate that critical design features of the selected design concepts perform as intended.

Each team will have access to a mentoring session with one of the experts during the week.

eHealth/Medical Evaluation – 14 July 2022

The evidence base check, soundness of vision, the fitness of purpose will be evaluated by the medical jury and 3 startups will leave the competition.

The medical jury – COMING SOON

Stage 2 – Proof of technology Concept

The purpose of Stage 2 – Proof of – technology concept is to demonstrate that critical Tech design features of the selected design concepts perform as intended. 

Each team will have access to a mentoring session with one of the experts during the week.

Technical Evaluation – 20 July 2022

The feasibility, capacity, compatibility will be evaluated by the technical jury and 3 startups will leave the competition.

The Tech jury- COMING SOON

Stage 3 – Proof of business concept

In stage 3,  participants will articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges.

Each team will have access to a mentoring session with one of the experts during the week.

Business Evaluation – 27 July 2022

The business plan, cashflow projection, market position will be evaluated by the technical jury and 3 startups will leave the competition.

Business Jury – COMING SOON

Stage 4 - Final pitch

6 Finalists will introduce their business idea to the grand jury in stage 4, on the 29th of July, for the final evaluation.

Our ultimate aim is to make sure that, at the end of this program, everyone involved, takes away something of value and comes out with an enriched perspective. To this end, the judges will be looking at specific points in order to evaluate the startups, and choose the best startup pitch.

Why Participate?

  1. Grow your business skills, refine your value proposition and prepare your pitch for the global markets
  2. Connect to a global network of domain experts, business executives, entrepreneurs and investors
  3. Gain global visibility and accreditation
  4. Receive practical knowledge through hands-on workshops and mentoring
  5. Win mentoring for 1 year
  6. Be part of the HIVE Network and gain early access to our international events

Who Should Apply?

Startups in the Health field, in various stages of development following ideation and concepting;

Individuals or teams that consider it would be an opportunity for them to meet the Cluj-Napoca Health, AI-IoMT, MedTech ecosystem, and get help in furthering the journey of their Start-Up;

Innovative and promising business concepts;


  • 1-year mentoring by an established IT Company- tech support
  • 1-year support for pilot and validation within the healthcare system
  • Training program on grant writing and how to access funding





18:30-19:30 🕙 TrainingImplementation science in health systems
Trainer: Razvan Chereches

18:00-19:00 🕓 TrainingInnovation in healthcare and social services
Trainer: Ion Gheorghe Petrovai


18:00-19:00 – Welcome & program presentation
19:00-20:00 – Ideas presentation
20:00-21:00 – Training: Pitching for innovation in healthcare – Razvan Chereches

09:00-09:30 – Coffee & Q&A
10:00-14:00 – Mentoring
17:00-18:30 – Final pitches
19:00 – Prizes & closing

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