Mumbai: ZS, a global professional services firm with three offices in Gurgaon, Pune and New Delhi, announced ZS PRIZE to help innovators solve for India’s healthcare challenges of availability, accessibility and affordability.
A grand prize winner plus 7 additional teams will be selected by a panel of judges and industry experts. The top 8 teams will share an INR 1 crore prize purse. ZS PRIZE is open to students (graduates and postgraduates from any discipline) and professionals from the start-up, enterprise and NGO sectors of India.
Launching October 28, 2020, ZS PRIZE will accept registrations which can either be ideas or solution prototypes, through December 21, 2020. The top 20 selected teams, evaluated on pre-defined criteria, will go through a six-week mentorship with ZS leaders between January and February 2021. The top 8 teams out of the 20, will then present their solutions to the jury in March 2021.
The COVID-19 crisis exposed the existing fault lines in healthcare systems across the globe. In India especially, the pandemic has created additional pressure on the already fragile healthcare system. Indian healthcare system is facing prominent challenges – fragile infrastructure, unaffordable specialized medical care, and lack of accessibility, to name a few. Today, discussions are mainly around how can citizens at large contribute to creating a roadmap where healthcare becomes accessible and affordable for all in India.
In such times, when India’s healthcare is asking for dire attention, a program like ZS PRIZE can be become the catalyst to bring together a number of people from diverse backgrounds to work on creating solutions to tackle these problems.