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Five innovative start-ups have been celebrated in the international competition Beanstalks, which took place at the GIANT Health Event at the Chelsea Football Club in London.

Beanstalks, part of the GIANT Health Event, is an international competition for healthcare tech startups.

The event was organised by the judge and head of Beanstalks, Amir Amraie and attracted a total of 133 entries, 18 of which pitched at the GIANT Health event.

Each business had to pitch to a prestigious panel of healthtech experts including: the ambassador, facilitator and speaker Chis Hafner; author of the Lunatic Gene Adam Shaw; venture capitalist Gian Seehra; serial entrepreneur Suzie Parkus and legal adviser Savva Kerdemelidis.

Amir Amraie said: “The standard of entries to the Beanstalks competition was phenomenal. It was fascinating to witness the vision and dynamism of the business owners who pitched. Along with the GIANT founder Barry Shrier, I’m over the moon that we can assist these leading-edge enterprises and see them advance even more rapidly over the next year.”

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The Memory Tracks initiative is a care platform that links music to daily tasks for those living with cognitive impairment such as dementia and was selected as the winner in the Ageing category.

Memory Tracks uses musical triggers to connect songs to evoke reminiscent memories via sensors, behaviours or routines to support people living with dementia as well as their carers and loved ones. The application helps to recall memory, manage agitation, assist with care and support important daily routines through the power of song-task association. Founder Gordon Anderson won a corporate exhibition and media package worth £30,000 for GIANT 2019.

Rami Kallala, Director at London-based Corthotec won the Pharma category, winning £2,000-worth of legal consulting from Legaledge, experts in investment, GDPR and data protection.

The Female Founders category was won by Ruth Walker from Select Research for the Body Volume Indicator (BVI), winning a business consulting and media PR Package created by Suzie Parkus.

Select Research is a pioneer company in 3D measurement, which has developed BVI as part of a 10-year collaborative development with the Mayo Clinic and other global partners. The technology represents the world’s first dedicated 3D measurement tool designed to calculate weight distribution and body composition from a smartphone.

The Healthcare System Optimization award went to founder Zubair Ahmed from MedicSpot. The online service provides private GP appointments, solving the problem faced by those with busy schedules wanting medical attention.

The service makes it simple and easy to get the care needed at a time and location convenient for patients. Zubair Ahmed won a coaching package from Amir Amraie plus an exhibition stand for GIANT 2019.

The Beanstalks Healthcare Startup of the Year was won by Israeli based Tal Givoly from Medivizor. The service provides personalised, summarised healthcare information, free of charge, to people suffering from conditions ranging from infertility to melanoma. It won a pitching and investors package by ‘The Heart Guy’ Adam Shaw and author of the ‘Lunatic Gene’.

GIANT Health is an annual conference dedicated to the promotion of health technology that improves the outcomes of citizens globally.

The event celebrates the value of the contributions to healthtech innovation from diverse people including inventors, app developers, clinicians, corporate enterprises, the investment community, healthcare service administrators and startups.

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