About the program



Pfizer CDI invites the Greek startup ecosystem to carve the future of healthcare through Digital Innovation with their visionary ideas in the second iteration of the Start4Health challenge.

Through the challenge, Pfizer CDI aims to promote innovation and increase its engagement and collaboration with the local innovation ecosystem – creating mutually beneficial relationships.  

After a successful first run of the startup acceleration program in 2022, this year we seek a wider range of solutions, beyond digital healthcare and across the entire value chain of digital innovation in the pharmaceutical industry.

Key Thematics

More specifically, we seek solutions that fall under one or more of the following four thematic pillars:
•    eHealth: solutions that improve patients’ lives through the use of technology ranging from digital biomarkers, diagnostics and therapeutics, biomedical devices, health literacy to clinical decision support systems.
•    Bioinformatics: computational techniques, algorithms, and platforms that process, analyze and interpret biological data, and efficiently aid in novel and faster discoveries in the field of life sciences.
•    Business Intelligence: data-driven solutions that encompass data analysis, reporting, and decision-making, optimizing operations and strategy.
•    Green Innovation: sustainability-focused initiatives within the pharmaceutical industry value chain, spanning from production to delivery, e.g., eco-friendly environmentally sustainable practices and technologies, carbon emission reduction efforts, energy-efficiency enhancements, and advancements in materials, green chemistry, transportation, smart buildings, and waste management.

Key Thematics


Open Call phase:

3/5 – 26/5


Accelerator Phase:

June – mid July


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Who is it for?

Start4Health is addressed to all Greek startup companies of remarkable talent and skill and exceptional technology, products, services, and business models.
Teams that have a passion to shine, learn, and continuously improve, will co-create with us to achieve our purpose: breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.

More information on the terms and conditions

Prizes and benefits

1st Winner


Potential collaboration opportunities with Pfizer

2nd Winner


Potential collaboration opportunities with Pfizer

A judging committee of global and local experts in Technology, Innovation and Business, from both Pfizer and the ecosystem, will select the Top 5 startups to enter the acceleration phase.

During the acceleration phase, the Top 5 startups will have the chance to work with a dedicated global or local Pfizer Mentor and participate in various activities with experts to refine their technology, products, and services, sharpen their business model and maximize their value proposition.

In the final pitch day, the judges will decide the Top 2 winners with the most competitive pitches after the acceleration phase to win monetary prizes. All startups that manage to create an alluring business case, have a chance to score a collaboration with Pfizer CDI.

If not now, then when?

The start4health challenge will open on May 3rd, 2023.
The final deadline for submissions is May 26, 2023 (11:59 pm EET).

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Nico Gariboldi - Vice President, Thessaloniki Site Lead

Thanos Stavropoulos - Sr. Manager, Technology & Innovation, Pfizer CDI 

Thomas Kareklas – Sr. Manager, Technology & Innovation, Pfizer CDI

Athina Stergiou – Director, Principal Engineer, Pfizer

Ioanna Vasdeki – Experience Design Engineer, Pfizer

Theo Anagnostopoulos - General Manager, SciCo

Filippos Zakopoulos - Managing Partner, Found.ation


Namita Mittal Pande – Director, Digital Innovation and Strategist, Pfizer

Gati Dharani,
Director, Digital Strategy and Data Innovation, Pfizer

Tamara Mansfeld – Sr. Director Team Leader, Pfizer Digital & Alliances

Vasilis Tsekouras – Global Medical Director Enbrel, Global Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inflammation & Immunology

Vasilis Tzinieris – Hospital Lead Greece Region, Pfizer Hellas

Natalie Danti – EM GTM transformation Lead, Pfizer

Αccelerator Key dates

The challenge will last approximately three months, including three consecutive phases: the Open Call, the Acceleration Phase, and the Final Picth Day.

The Top 5 startups will enter the Acceleration Phase for six weeks and will be assisted by Pfizer Mentors and Coaches from the ecosystem.

The Final Pitch Day includes pitches, events, and awards of the Top 2 startups.

Call for applications:





end of May 2023

Kick-off Bootcamp:

Beginning of June 2023




mid July 2023


mid July 2023


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