Working alongside our partner Mettā we will be targeting startups in East Africa, where we will run a challenge that ends with a pitch event in May. Furthermore, we host our monthly eHealth Meetup. Interested in participating?

The application period runs from March until May 2018!


What do you get?

The selected start-ups will be invited for a Pitch Day in Nairobi.
The best start-up will have the opportunity to collaborate with our globally in our Headquarters.

Awards for the winners:

  • Prize Money ($ 3,000)
  • Trip to our Headquarters in Darmstadt to pitch in front of our experts
  • Opportunity to work on a collaboration project with our Innovation Center and internal project teams
  • Access to our Innovation Center Train To Innovate Curriculum
  • Office space at Mettā

Why East Africa?

Reforms have made it easier to do business in four out of the six East African Community countries. East Africa has become the most financially inclusive region and most integrated bloc across the continent. East Africa is producing outstanding startups at a growing rate, and government and other stakeholders have amped up their support to encourage economic growth.


Nairobi’s innovation scene has long been a major hub for the whole African continent and is set to develop still further. The region’s varied entrepreneurial landscape lays the foundation for an infrastructure that triggers novel ideas in many industries, none more so than in the bio-testing and mobile and digital health sectors. We are now an integral part of the innovation scene.

About the Pitch Event

At our Pitch Event, startups and founders get the chance to showcase their innovative ideas to a judging panel from us. The winner will be invited to join our Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany to pitch for a collaboration project.

The application phase will run from March until May.


Apply now