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Health start-ups: Corona is above all an opportunity

The corona crisis has brought new attention to the medical and health industries: As the organizer of the business plan competition medical industry, the participating start-up founders per Ruhr area asked how they were doing, what impact the pandemic had on their start-up, what vision you have with your company, how you imagine the future, and what politics can do even better. Ute Günther, managing director of pro Ruhrgebiet, sums up the result as follows: "The tenor of the start-ups is mostly positive and the outlook for the future is promising!"

Opportunity despite restrictions

The corona pandemic is a great opportunity for start-ups in the industry, even if it brings with it some restrictions. Founder Dr. Ole Martin from the start-up Dermanostic gets right to the point when he speaks of the "Janus face Corona": "[...] on the one hand, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic lead to problems for us in communicating with authorities and other companies. On the other hand, the Corona period helps us: Many patients are more open to telemedical services and see the benefits more clearly. "

One restriction for start-ups during the pandemic is the travel and contact ban. This means that customer visits are canceled, networks cannot be established, trade fairs cannot be visited and collaboration on prototypes has to be postponed. Delivery bottlenecks for production parts from abroad result in a delay in development.

Nevertheless, the teams are predominantly optimistic and confident about the future of their start-up. The increasing digitization and the associated acceptance of digitization in the healthcare sector is seen as a great opportunity for growth in the future. Social awareness of the health system and the people who work in it has also changed for the better as a result of Corona: “The health care system has recently gained new visibility and a new social status. Trends such as the increasing shortage of medical professionals, demographic change and the associated increase in chronic diseases increase the need for our innovative solutions for the automation of routine processes. We are confident about our further business development ", says Simon Kuttruf from the start-up Praxis Concierce. Delivery services - such as the start-up Lamiloo - or providers of online training - such as the start-ups Novaheal and NeuroLifeBalance - clearly see the new opportunities that arise from the change in the population's habits triggered by the corona crisis.

Health start-ups: Less bureaucracy desired

If the founders are allowed to want something from politics, institutions or start-up supporters, less complicated funding in times of crisis and generally less bureaucracy in the start-up process are mentioned. Florian Stumpe from the medicalvalues ​​team formulated the team's request to politicians as follows: “There is no lack of will or money. Politicians must enable secure, data-based business models with clear laws and regulations that increase the quality of treatment and follow clearly defined data protection requirements.“

Despite the Corona crisis, this year's business plan competition for the medical and health industry started on time and is particularly popular this year with 41 participating teams. The teams come from 11 different federal states, with NRW providing most of the teams with over 35%. Second place is shared by the federal states of Bavaria and Berlin, which are each represented by 15% in the competition.

In six months, the competition will lead the founders to a certified business plan: The aim of the business plan competition is to bring forward-looking medical and health management ideas with market potential into a promising starting position and to establish and relocate innovative companies to the medical and health industry in Germany promote.

You can find all the answers, opinions and wishes of the founders in detail, with a short profile of the start-up, in our category "Founding stories - Healthcare start-ups in demand like never before!"

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