THE SWEDEN INDIA HEALTH TALKS ENDS WITH SESSION ON CHALLENGES THAT HINDER THE GROWTH OF STARTUPS IN INDIA
- Successful end to SINMW 2020 -
The 13th edition of the high-level multi-activity annual event, Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week 2020 (SINMW’20), concluded today with Health talks on ‘Transformation of a Startup to a successful enterprise - Challenges that hinder the growth of Startups in India’. The “Health Talks” were organized in partnership with Team Sweden - Ministry of Health & Social Welfare of Sweden, Embassy of Sweden, and Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, Swecare, and Business Sweden.
Last year, AIIMs Delhi and AIIMS Jodhpur, together with Business Sweden, launched the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, to create a cross country ecosystem of open innovation and to provide the opportunity for startups and health workers to resolve current and future challenges in healthcare. Celebrating the first anniversary of the India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre.
At the final session of the ‘India-Sweden Health Talks’, Ms. Anna Lekvall, Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai said, “As we conclude the ‘Sweden-India Nobel Week’ digital program this year, we are glad to connect and commit yet again on common interests and synergies. The ‘India-Sweden Health Talks’ in its second year was a unique series focusing on innovations, infection control, oncology, and healthy ecosystems. Through these dialogues, we are reinstating Sweden’s long-standing partnership with India for innovative health solutions employing the triple-helix model engaging the Governments, academia, and private enterprises. The Covid-19 situation this year has only strengthened this engagement. We look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate, co-create, and strategize on key values of innovations, sustainability, and gender equality to derive solutions to global challenges.”
During the event, Mr. R. Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission said, "These uncertain times have paralyzed nations across the world and have created many other healthcare challenges. The global crisis has raised the urgency for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking to address challenges that we are facing now and likely to face post-Covid-19. The solution to all such health-related issues is driven by technology which is becoming affordable, accessible, and available. He further added that the development of the Indo-Swedish healthcare Center in Jodhpur has brought together multiple stakeholders like the private sector, academia, global institutions, and incubators & startups in a vibrant eco-system that is very fast developing in India.
“We are striving to create an innovative eco-system that not only helps startups to ideate, develop and deploy test solutions but also helps them in scaling up the entire mechanism in India, Sweden, and across the globe. Startups must be given an environment and mechanism where their product or solution gets scaled up because that would truly be a parameter to measure the success of that startup and also how innovative a particular eco-system and a country is,” said Mr. Shubhang Vikas, Senior Project Manager, Business Sweden.
Some of the eminent speakers who were present in the event are Noshir Colah - Partner, Aavishkaar Capital, Mr. R. Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Ms. Anna Lekvall - Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, Dr. Sandeep Singh- Associate Director, Stanford-India Biodesign, AIIMS Delhi, Ms. Shilpy Kochhar - Manager, Entrepreneurship Development, BIRAC, Mr. Sunil Dhami - Second Secretary, Embassy of India in Sweden and Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Dean – Academics/Dr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, Dean Committees, AIIMS Jodhpur, and senior representation from AstraZeneca among others.
With the focus on best practices between the countries and within the Indian eco-system, the last session also witnessed discussions on a broad set of challenges, best business practices, and different stages of the business cycle of healthcare startups. The event concluded with Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Dean – Academics, Dean Committees, AIIMS Jodhpur delivering the vote of thanks and encouraging the stakeholders for more future collaborations and to strengthen cooperation and deepen relations between both the countries.
About India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre
The India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre was launched in 2019 during the State Visit of Their Majesties, the King and Queen of Sweden to India, in presence of the Indian Ministers of Health and the Secretary of Health from the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs among other dignitaries. It has been formed to develop a cross-country ecosystem of open innovation that start-ups and healthcare stakeholders can use to collaborate and address current and future challenges in the healthcare sector. This initiative takes a holistic view of innovation that includes technology, data, protocols and processes, skill development, and business models to scale up outcome-based innovative solutions across the healthcare delivery network.
About Sweden India MoU on Health
Between the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Sweden and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India, there is an MoU since 2009 aiming to promote bilateral cooperation in the area of health care and public health, with a particular focus on 12 identified areas of mutual interest. Since the signing of the MoU, the Swedish and Indian health ministers and several high-level officials have had exchange visits between the two countries. The Joint Working Group for coordination of activities under the MoU has so far met six times to discuss prioritized areas of mutual interest and their implementation.
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