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AzaadHealth to Represent Pakistan in Entrepreneurship World Cup

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: AzaadHealth, a health information management and data analytics startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Islamabad. It emerged victorious from a pool of 5,926 contestants from across Pakistan – each receiving access to free virtual training services to help them take their venture to the next level.

Syed Ahmed, founder of AzaadHealth, leads the team and advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries.

“The healthcare provider data records are filled up with errors or misleading information while transferring health records from one health system to another creates duplicates or mismatched patient records,” said Ahmed. “Problems like these create life and death situations for patients in emergencies where timely and secure access to health information is crucial.”

AzaadHealth is the first truly global patient-owned health data exchange network built upon blockchain which encrypts patient health records with their biometrics and stores it on a decentralized network. This way healthcare providers can instantly identify patients via their biometric scans and securely get temporary access to patient records from the blockchain network. Patients in developing economies or disaster regions can also give consent to transfer health data and do not need to carry additional documents to establish their identity.

Ahmed will participate in an acceleration program which features virtual training and one-to-one mentoring with international mentors to prepare for the EWC Global Final, which will be held in Riyadh on November 12-14, 2019.

Other finalists at EWC Pakistan included:

  • Bricx Farm  is a startup that focuses on manufacturing bricks made from different industrial wastes. These are cost effective, efflorescence free, eco-friendly and have low water absorption ratio and these qualities presents their unique selling point.
  • Augmento a startup that fetches the view from your camera and augments an arrow onto the view, which navigates you to your selected destination.
  • Foster Learning Pakistan is a social enterprise to help personal and professional capacity to build women and low income class youth that belongs to remote areas, The start up focuses on socially and economically empower them by enabling them to compete with existing job market or to start their own businesses.
  • Screen-IT is a startup that transforms the rear windows of cars into screens which displays digital content that is track-able. This creates a brand new OOH medium for brands to utilize to better reach and engage their intended audiences.

More than 102,000 contestants from 200 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from idea stage to growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2019.

EWC is an initiative led by Global Entrepreneurship Network and Misk Global Forum with support from a collection of national and global partners,  including the Global Educational and Leadership Foundation and GSVlabs.

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