Innov8 Talks – The Start-up Competition

A brand NEW and exciting feature at the Global Health Exhibition, where the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world will pitch how their solutions will address current gaps and redefine healthcare to an audience of Investors over 3 nerve-wracking rounds! The competition will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Health – KSA and in partnership with Monsha’at and Innovation Hub & Business Development - Digital Health Center of Excellence, Ministry of HealthKSA

Location: Conference room 3 - Lecture halls 3 & 4 | 10:15am - 4:00pm

2-4 October 2023

Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Center, KSA

Why Innov8 Talks?

Discover all healthcare innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs showcasing their amazing idea or product to the industry leaders. The judging panel and start-ups selected will be put together with gender parity.

This is an equal opportunity event. The winner will be picked by an esteemed panel of investors, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Prizes include

12-month subscription

A 12-month subscription to Informa's Media Marketing Solutions to showcase your product or solution.

Exclusive interview

An exclusive interview on Omnia Health Insights – online publication that reaches 1.5 million healthcare professionals!

Your exhibition stand

A complimentary exhibition stand at the 2023 Global Health Exhibition.

Return flights

Return flights to Dubai and all access passes to Arab Health – Healthcare Trade Show in Dubai.


Top 4 finalists will receive a 3-month mentorship programme with Digital Innovation Hub, Ministry of Health. 

The Pitch Competition

Each company will make their pitch for 4 min, followed by 4 min of Q&A from the judges. 4 Finalists from Round 1 and Round 2 will proceed to the grand finale for a final pitch-off.  Only early and middle stage start-ups will be considered. Submit your interest to pitch at the competition today! 

Innov8 Talks Judges

Dr Abdullah Alaraj
Co-founder and Board Chairman, Riyadh Angel
Investors, Riyadh, KSA 

Dr Abdulaziz Alhmoud
Chief Medical Officer, SEHA Virtual Hospital, Ministry
of Health, Riyadh, KSA 

Omar Almajdouie
Raed Ventures, KSA 

Majed Abu Alfaraj
Investment Manager, Waed Ventures, Riyadh, KSA

Dr Huda Alfrdous
Serial Entrepreneur,
Digital Health Sector 

Johnatan Bringas Dimitridiades
Wearables and Digital Health Expert, Partner & Managing Director, JBD Healthcare, The Netherlands 

Sarper Tanli
Operating Partner, TVM Capital Healthcare, Founder
 and CEO, Diginova Health Solutions, Dubai, UAE 

Eng Moath Ali Alzahrani
Director of Emerging Technology & Business Models, Digital Government Authority, Riyadh, KSA 

Dr Sufana AlMashhadi
Director of Innovation, Saudi National Health Institute, Riyadh, KSA 

Adwa AlDakheel
Saudi Arabian author, poet, pilot, musician and entrepreneur, CEO, Falak, Ns3a & Dar Technology, Co-Founder, Social Advisors, Riyadh KSA 

Bader Alshathry
Vice President & Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Alturki Holding, Riyadh, KSA

Samar Nassar
Managing Director, Healthcare and Life
Sciences, Ministry of Investment, Riyadh, KSA 

Prof Dr Nazeeh AlOthmany
Vice Executive President for Medical Devices, Saudi
Food and Drug Authority, Board Member, Saudi Scientific Society for Biomedical Engineering, Riyadh, KSA 

Abdulaziz Alnowaisser
 Senior Manager, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, MiSK Foundation, Member, OQAL Angel Investors Network, Riyadh, KSA

Giles W.L. Boland, MD
President, Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization (BWPO),
Executive Vice President, Mass General Brigham (MGB), Philip H. Cook Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 

Dr Mohamed Al Hameli
Director of Innovation, Center of Digital Health Excellence, Ministry of Health, Vice Lead, Telecardiac Services, Lead,
Innovation and Partnerships, Saudi AI Society, Riyadh, KSA 

Eng Khalid Aldhaayan
 General Manager Ecosystem and Projects Management - Health Sector, National Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, Riyadh, KSA