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The Challenge 


Each year in the city of DubaiMEIDAM "house of Dermatology" attracts over 4,000 experts and participants from around the world to discuss their research, share knowledge, and innovations in dermatology, skincare and aesthetic medicine with the wider medical community and key opinion leaders ,and to enhance capabilities of practitioners from the East and West.

Health Capital was created to facilitate financing and empowerment for innovators and entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry and to introduce investors to the next generation of successful innovative ideas and concepts in life science, biotechnology, nutrition, medical devices, healthcare services and healthcare information technologies. The matching services at the Health Capital are working on many fronts to build, strengthen, and support the development and commercialization efforts by global entrepreneurs.

MEIDAM and HealthCapital are excited to support innovative minds and to accelerate commercialization through the Global Innovation Challenge " ignite" and the Innovation Hub for innovators and startups in MENA Region and from around the world to showcase their talents in the skincare, aesthetic medicine, dermatology, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging sector. In participation from top corporate partners, experts, venture capital funds, accelerators we will be selecting top companies , concepts and ideas for awards and participation in the Innovation Hub.



Register here and Send your Ideas for consideration 



Innovation Selection Criteria 



Innovations from the competition will be selected based on the fit within the following innovation sub sectors


Have a viable and scalable business idea/product line/invention in the following innovation verticals:


  • Beauty and Make up (Innovative clean, vegan, and natural products)

  • Digital therapeutics, Robotics and Services

  • Digital health leveraging technologies (AR/VR, AI/ML), Telemedicine, Patient Monitoring

  • MedTech, SaaS, PaaS, DaaS, based tech models

  • Biotech, Deep science based solutions

  • Consumer/Retail Tech/ Devices

  • Sustainability Tech

  • Future of Work Tech in context of dermatology, cosmetic surgery and anti-aging medicine.

  • COVID -19 related technologies and therapies 


Awards will be given in the following categories 


  • Best COVID-19 response and innovation 

  • Environmental response and innovation 

  • Aesthetic Innovation

  • Advanced Therapeutic Innovation

  • Surgical Innovation

  • Hair Innovation

  • Beauty Innovation

  • Wound Care Innovation 

  • Natural Innovation

  • Newly formulated products

  • Skin health Innovation & diagnostics

  • Novel skincare solutions (non-topical, ingestibles)

  • Consumer Interaction Innovation

  • Packaging Innovation

  • R&D Innovator Leader

  • Social Impact



Rules and guidelines for participation

  • Have demonstrable value or traction in the market

  • Have less than 100 employees

  • Pre Seed, Seed, or Series A Stage Company


Any company and individual who feel that they have a chance of winning, can enter any of the award categories.


You are able to enter multiple categories if you believe you qualify.


The criteria for each category needs to be heavily considered when submitting your information.


Make sure that your submissions highlight the key factors that have been asked for.


Accurate information is essential for all submissions as it is from this information that the judges will make their informed decisions. The submitted information will also appear within the results on MEIDAM HealthCapital Innovation Hub , all promotional material, media coverage, certificates and trophies.


The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Entries need to be received by December 5th, 2020. Anything received after this date will not be considered.


Information provided needs to be accurate otherwise the entry will be disqualified.

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