One definite highlight in the Terkko Health Accelerator journey was the Semifinal, that took place at Terkko Health Hub last week. The evening pushed the teams to work on their pitches as the teams had the opportunity to pitch for a row of the industry’s content matter experts. For many of the teams, this was their very first opportunity to pitch in front of a jury and prepare for the showcase ahead.

The atmosphere was excited as the teams prepared to take the stage of Terkko Health Hub. One by one, all of the teams gave their three-minute pitches on how their solution would reshape healthcare. And after each pitch, the jury gave them valuable comments and feedback. The jury consisted of four content matter experts  representing the different players in the health ecosystem, i.e. big pharma and investors: Raisamiina Rimpelä from health startup association Upgraded, Tarja Kähkönen from Roche and Pauliina Meskanen from venture capital fund Wave Ventures.

All of the seven teams nailed their pitches and got supportive feedback from the jury. Three teams stood out from the contestants to the jury: Capsamedix, Uute Scientific and SciAR. The pitching workshops during the accelerator didn’t definitely go in vain.

Jarkko Nissinen from Helsinki Think Company facilitated a pitching workshop for the teams few weeks earlier. In the workshop Jarkko shared his insights on how to improve the three-minute pitches and add a hint of magic to them. He was also following the semifinal and seemed pretty proud afterwards.

“I was amazed by the very solid and strong pitches!”

According to Jarkko, all of the pitches were top notch. “Every team had made process since the pitching workshop I facilitated just few weeks back”, Jarkko said.

All the teams had spotted their own specific market niche and were able to explain their product and goal in a convincing way. He encourages the teams to exceed themselves in the showcase ahead.

“In the showcase the teams will go above and beyond with their pitches. I bet they will all reach a level they didn’t know was possible before taking part to the accelerator.”

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Text: Venla Parkkila, Helsinki Think Company

Photo: Jonas Simberg