From developing new treatments to improving the accuracy of diagnosis and personalizing care for patients, startups are using AI to make healthcare better for everyone.
To support their efforts and help founders enhance health outcomes for people around the world, in May Google announced the Google for Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health program for companies based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
This three-month program consists of virtual workshops on best practices for AI and leadership development, responsible innovation, product design and customer acquisition. It also includes one-on-one mentorship sessions and technical project support from experts from Google Research, Google Health, Verily, Fitbit, Google DeepMind and more. There will be two in-person summits (including the program kickoff in London on September 27 and 28) designed to connect founders to venture capitalists, industry experts and other founders building with AI in the healthcare and wellbeing space. After the program’s conclusion founders will continue to receive expert support through the Google for Startups alumni network.
The 30 startups selected for the program, representing 15 countries from the whole region are:
- Acorai (Sweden): A heart failure monitoring platform.
- Activate Health (Estonia): A platform that uses data, AI and gamification to help users improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
- ADNTRO GENETICS (Spain): A DNA kit requiring only a saliva sample to discover personalized nutrition, training, predispositions to diseases and more.
- Anya (United Kingdom): A startup supporting parents during their first 1,001 days of parental journey — from conception to toddlerhood.
- Biocam (Poland): An endoscopic capsule for real-time determination of potential digestive system threats.
- Cara Care (Germany): A holistic companion for people with digestive issues.
- clare&me (Germany): An AI voice coach for anxiety, worries or circulating thoughts.
- Deemea (France): A cooperative platform dedicated to medical imaging data.
- Doctomatic (Spain): A remote patient monitoring software where patients can scan the results and automatically provide the data to their doctors.
- Eden Care (Rwanda): A health insurance solution, offering seamless and affordable digital healthcare coverage to businesses across Africa.
- EQL (United Kingdom): Self-service assessment tools for people with muscle and joint problems that enable quick access to the best available care.
- ExactCure (France): A Digital Twin simulating the concentration of drugs in the blood of patients.
- iZola (Kenya): An online therapeutics platform for families with neurodivergent children.
- Kahun (Israel): An AI assistant platform designed specifically for physicians.
- Labplus (Poland): A medical device software that automates the analysis of lab test results.
- Likeminded (Germany): A platform that supports and improves the mental health and wellbeing of employees.
- mDoc (Nigeria): A digital health company which provides virtual self-care health coaching to people living with or at risk for chronic health needs.
- Mindstep (United Kingdom): An app for optimizing brain and mental health care.
- MX Labs (Estonia): A startup providing health advice in seconds based on camera-based health screening using only a smartphone.
- Pharmacy Marts (Egypt): A digital marketplace that connects pharmacies and medical suppliers.
- Pharmarun (Nigeria): An on-demand platform simplifying how Africans access medication through the use of technology.
- Rayscape (Romania): A complete digital assistant for radiologists that provides AI tools for better decisions.
- StethoMe (Poland): An intelligent stethoscope for parents.
- Talkie.ai (Poland): A company simplifying access to healthcare by automating telephone contact with patients using AI-based virtual assistants.
- Techspert (United Kingdom): An expert network to source the freshest and most precise healthcare insights.
- Tucuvi (Spain): A startup automating medical phone conversations through empathic AI.
- Vitadio (Czechia): A mobile app reversing insulin resistance with AI-driven lifestyle modification.
- VOS.health (Czechia): A wellbeing companion with daily mental health insights, tailored plans, and all-in-one tools.
- Wellx (United Arab Emirates): A platform encouraging and rewarding healthy habits.
- Zuri Health (Kenya): A company providing affordable and accessible healthcare solutions for people without smartphones and living in underserved areas.
Growth Academy: AI for Health is one of Google’s many efforts to advance AI and make healthcare more accessible and accurate to everyone in the world.