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Innovation Celebrated at GIANT Health Event with Beanstalks Competition

The Beanstalks competition in London

The standard of entries to the Beanstalks competition was phenomenal.

Five highly innovative start-ups have been celebrated in the international competition, Beanstalks, which took place at the GIANT Health Event last week at Chelsea Football Club, London. Each business had to pitch to a prestigious panel of healthtech experts, including; the ambassador, facilitator and speaker Chis Hafner; author of the Lunatic Gene Adam Shaw; venture capitalist Gian Seehra; serial entrepreneur Suzie Parkus and legal adviser Savva Kerdemelidis.

The event was organised by the judge and head of Beanstalks, Amir Amraie. Beanstalks attracted at total of 133 entries, 18 of which pitched at the GIANT Health event.

The Memory Tracks initiative is a care platform that links music to daily tasks for those living with cognitive impairment such as dementia and was selected as the winner in the Ageing category.

The platform uses musical triggers to connect songs to evoke reminiscent memories via sensors, behaviours or routines to support people living with dementia as well as their carers and loved ones. The application helps to recall memory, manage agitation, assist with care and support important daily routines through the power of song-task association. Founder Gordon Anderson won a corporate exhibition and media package worth £30,000 for GIANT 2019.

The runner-up was CEO Roel Smolders from Activate for Health.

The Pharma category was won by Rami Kallala, Director at London-based Corthotec Ltd who won £2,000-worth of legal consulting from Legaledge, experts in investment, GDPR and data protection.

The runner-up was Wallis Jones from Biopharm Enterprises.

The Female Founders category was won by Ruth Walker from Select Research Ltd for the Body Volume Indicator (BVI), winning a business consulting and media PR Package created by Suzie Parkus. Select Research is a pioneer company in 3D measurement, which has developed BVI as part of a 10-year collaborative development with the Mayo Clinic and other global partners. The technology represents the world’s first dedicated 3D measurement tool designed to calculate weight distribution and body composition from a smartphone.

The runner up was Silja Litvin, Psychologist, CEO and Founder of PsycApps.

The Healthcare System Optimization award went to founder Zubair Ahmed from MedicSpot. He is both a GP and an MBA graduate from the London Business School. The online service provides private GP appointments, solving the problem faced by those with busy schedules wanting medical attention. The service makes it simple and easy to get the care needed at a time and location convenient for patients. Zubair Ahmed won a coaching package from Amir Amraie, who heads up Beanstalks, plus an exhibition stand for GIANT 2019.

The runner up was Vikram Palit, managing director at The Healthcare Consulting Group.

The Beanstalks Healthcare Startup of the Year was won by Israeli based Tal Givoly from Medivizor. The service provides personalised, summarised healthcare information, free of charge, to people suffering from conditions ranging from infertility to melanoma. They won a pitching and investors package by ‘The Heart Guy’ Adam Shaw and author of the ‘Lunatic Gene’.

The runner up was David Holmes from Follow App Care which utilises insights on behaviour and communication patterns to drive up patient engagement through artificial intelligence.

Amir Amraie said, “The standard of entries to the Beanstalks competition was phenomenal. It was fascinating to witness the vision and dynamism of the business owners who pitched. Along with the GIANT founder Barry Shrier, I’m over the moon that we can assist these leading-edge enterprises and see them advance even more rapidly over the next year.”


Media information provided on behalf of the GIANT Health Event. For further information please contact Tina Fotherby on 0333 344 2341 or email


GIANT Health, set up by American-born technology entrepreneur Barry Shrier, who lives in Oxford, is an annual conference dedicated to the promotion of health technology that improves the outcomes of citizens globally. The event celebrates the value of the contributions to healthtech innovation from diverse people including inventors, app developers, clinicians, corporate enterprises, the investment community, healthcare service administrators and startups.

The festival of digital health, which took place at Chelsea Football Club, London, captured the interest of healthcare professionals globally and is set to attracted thousands of delegates, 325 speakers, 150 startups and produced 125 hours of content. The mission is to educate, share learnings, network and accelerate social, technological and business developments in a friendly and informal environment.