15.03.2018 IFASinnovation Challenge 2018

IFASinnovation Challenge 2018

Startup challenge for the Swiss healthcare market at IFAS 2018

The IFASinnovation Challenge is being launched as part of IFAS 2018, the trade fair for the healthcare market and the most important meeting place for the Swiss healthcare industry, which will be held at Messe Zürich from 23 to 26 October 2018.

Strong cooperation

Cosanum, the initiator of the challenge, is leading the IFASinnovation Challenge in partnership with IFAS and Swiss Healthcare Startups. The challenge is geared towards startups from the healthcare sector that want to gain a foothold in the Swiss healthcare industry with a visionary idea, an outstanding service or an innovative project or product. The IFASinnovation Challenge therefore supports entrepreneurs and their ability and passion for revolutionising the Swiss healthcare sector with disruptive technologies and approaches.

Ten startups will be nominated from all the challenge applications received. These startups will be provided with the necessary network and a promotion platform with the aim of increasing the level of recognition. The ten nominated startups will be given a free exhibition space at IFAS 2018. Applying to take part in this challenge is extremely worthwhile for startups in any case.

Further benefits awaiting participants and the challenge winner can be viewed at the IFASinnovation Challenge website – ifasinnovation.ch.

Diverse panel of judges

A skilled panel of judges from all manner of fields is responsible for professionally assessing all submitted projects. The submitted projects are judged in accordance with specialist criteria that have been drawn up in consultation with experts. During the four days of the trade fair, the ten startups will have the opportunity to showcase themselves to a wide specialist audience. An award ceremony to crown one of the projects as the winner will be held at IFAS.

All documents and the terms and conditions of participation can be found at ifasinnovation.ch. Applications from startups are being accepted from now until 20 May 2018.

Save the date: Award ceremony of the first IFASinnovation Challenge on Thursday 25 October 2018 at IFAS 2018


Further information:

Vincenzo Aricò, Supervisor of IFASinnovation, Telephone +41 79 403 08 75, vincenzo.arico@cosanum.ch


Lea Maurer, Head of Communications IFAS, Telephone +41 44 806 33 45, lea.maurer@exhibit.ch


Background information on Cosanum, the challenge initiator:

Cosanum has developed into a market leader in healthcare logistics in Switzerland. Through innovative logistics concepts, it helps its customers to dramatically reduce process costs and offers them a comprehensive product range in the field of medicine and hygiene with 13,000 items.

As the initiator of the IFASinnovation Challenge, it aims to promote innovation in the Swiss healthcare sector. As an innovative game changer, Cosanum supports promising startups which want to regenerate the Swiss healthcare market with disruptive technologies and approaches.

Background information on IFAS trade fair, one of the challenge partners:

IFAS – the trade fair for the healthcare market – is the most important meeting place in the Swiss healthcare industry. 400 exhibitors will be showcasing their latest products and services.

An overview of IFAS


Number of exhibitors: 400


Specialist areas: Medical technology, diagnostics, rehabilitation, nursing, consumer goods, information technology, organisation/ equipment and the hotel industry


Location: Messe Zürich, Halls 1–7


Date: 23 to 26 October 2018


Website: www.ifas-messe.ch

Background information on SHS Swiss Healthcare Startups, one of the challenge partners:

Swiss Healthcare Startups is a non-profit organisation that accelerates and develops new startup concepts in the areas of innovative health models, digital health, medical technology and patient-driven medical services.

The non-profit organisation is an international group of successful companies, top executives and opinion leaders in healthcare.