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Important:  The “Healthier Life” category is exclusive for german startups!



The covid-19 pandemic brought the humanity challenges debate back to the world agenda.  Already very well represented by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN. Within these challenges, the health challenge, in its broadest meaning and as a right of all, gained relevance, perhaps becoming the most urgent.

The SDGs form a global agenda adopted during the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015. Bringing 17 goals and 169 targets to be achievedby 2030. This agenda presents global actions in the areas of poverty eradication, food security, agriculture, health, education, gender equality, reduction of inequalities, energy, water and sanitation, sustainable patterns of production and consumption, climate change, sustainable cities, protection and sustainable use of oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, inclusive economic growth, infrastructure, industrialization, among others.

To understand all these challenges, as well as to ensure the development of the best solutions for each challenge, scientific research and the exchange of science play a fundamental role. In this sense, the German Center for Science and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo presents itself as a multidisciplinary platform to ensure that German and Brazilian educational, research and innovation institutions have a better and more effective exchange of scientific and innovative knowledge.



In this context, startups play an important role as a bridge between the results of scientific research and their application to improve human health conditions in its broad sense. From a healthy environment (living and working, life in general) to the treatment of diseases, through prevention of specific diseases.

Therefore, we promote the category “Healthier Living” within the sixth Startups Connected program, to bring to Brazil, German startups with solutions based on scientific research for the challenges highlighted by the covid-19 pandemic.

Startups Connected “Healthier Life” category is destined to German startups, primarily with solutions for the following SGDs:

  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 – Responsible Consuption and Production

All or almost all SGDs are related to the challenge of providing “Healthier Living”. In addition to the four prioritized in this category of the Program, it is worth mentioning: 1) No Poverty, 2) Zero Hunger, 4) Quality Education, 6) Clean Water and Sanitation, 8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and  13) Climate Action.

As the category “Healthier Living” is a multidisciplinary category, the registered startup must offer an innovative solution, primarily in one or more of the indicated SDGs, which has been developed in an academic or scientific environment. Startups must present solutions to the great challenges brought by the covid-19 pandemic that will remain after it ends, whether in the health, governance, production and services, environmental sustainability, public transport, social coexistence, education, culture and art, as well as science areas. Solutions must focus on preventing diseases and pandemics, or rapid reaction to new ones, as well as on preserving or offering healthier environments and living spaces.

The startup is expected to have an interest in acting in business, as well as establishing R&D cooperation in Brazil. To this end, the startup must be willing to comply with the acceleration program offered by AHK and DWIH São Paulo.

Candidate startups must be spin-offs born at German universities or science, technology and innovation institutions, public or private. In relation to these startups entrepreneurs, young scientists, still with academic activity or recent graduates of scientific institutions will be privileged. Spin-offs should preferably be in the early-stage phase, i.e., candidates do not need to have a validated solution that is already being sell at the market. The evaluation criteria will be the profile of entrepreneurs, the innovative character of the solution, its impact, in addition to its potential and knowledge about the Brazilian market.


By winning the category ” Healthier Living ” the startup gains the opportunity to participate in the acceleration program offered by AHK São Paulo, as well as to enjoy DWIH São Paulo network for the construction of contacts with partners, eventual customers and centers of excellence that can assist in the development or improvement of its solution for the Brazilian market.

Join us in the Healthier Life category and present your solution in Brazil, with support from the German-Brazilian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH São Paulo).

By submitting your startup, you agree to AHK’s and DWIH’s Data Protection Policies.

About DWIH São Paulo

The DWIH São Paulo is part of a global Network of five Centres which is overseen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The goal is to increase the visibility in Brazil of Germany as a scientific and technological centre and foster exchange between German and Brazilian scientific institutions.
Both Germany and Brazil consider science and innovation to be key areas  for ensuring  economic, social and sustainable environmental development. For 50 years, the two countries have promoted comprehensive and fruitful scientific cooperation. With the opening of DWIH São Paulo, Germany took an important step towards strengthening ties with its Brazilian partners.