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Healthelife GCN wins Best Potential & Best Improvement awards in 2018 Samsung Global Startup Acceleration Program

Geriatric Care Network(GCN), the social venture from Healthelife has won two awards in the 2018 Samsung Global Startup Acceleration Program(GSAP) which concluded on Friday, 10th August 2018.

42 Samsung employees had flown in from South Korea for the 5 day program hosted by IIIT, Bangalore. These employees had volunteered to mentor selected startups and help them refine their idea in an intense 5 day workshop. The 19 startups in the camp were selected from across India and included a side spectrum of ideas and business domains.

The Healthcare group in GSAP 2018

The Samsung mentoring team included experts from business, domain, technology, marketing and design. The 5 day contact program was preceded by a 2 month remote interaction between the startups and the designated mentors, which enabled the mentors to understand the startups and their pains points. This enabled the GSAP team to invite other mentors locally to supplement their efforts. The event included presentations, discussions, booth pitching, stage presentations and team mentoring sessions to help the startups overcome some of their pain points.

For GCN, the program enabled us to refine our idea, smoothen the rough edges of our offering and make a 5 minute pitch that can be understood by everybody. From a basic idea, we emerged as a ready to implement business offering. We could get a lot of positive feedbacks and also managed to catch the attention of many of those who were part of the program.

In the end GCN ended up winning the Best Potential and Best Improvement awards and walk away as one of the best business ideas in the event. The entire GCN team is all charged up to push forward and make the idea a reality that can make a serious and noticeable social impact.

We thank the Samsung GSAP team and IIITB Innovation Centre for making such a wonderful program a reality.