Optum Startup Studio India (OSSI): From Idea to Impact
A health tech innovation focused program to help promising startups accelerate their maturity and be on par with global standards.
Optum Startup Studio India (OSSI) aims to develop meaningful engagements with technology startups in India and leverage the vibrant external innovation ecosystem of India.
OSSI is part of the larger Optum Startup Studio initiative, successfully running across the US and Ireland.
Two key levers of OSSI
Aimed at unleashing the full potential of India’s promising health tech startups through partnership and mentorship
Pilots with relatively mature startups have market-ready solutions
How it works
Optum has partnered with the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) as the India innovation partner for OSSI.
Optum will launch a call for applications with specific health care problem statements on the themes of:
- Telemedicine/virtual care
- Wellness/digital therapeutics
- Clinical decision support systems
- Blockchain to enable enhanced data sharing and security across health care players
- Cognitive technologies to deliver business efficiencies and improve quality of services
Once the call for applications is released:
- The ideas presented by participating teams will be evaluated by industry and functional experts from Optum and IIIT to handpick the ones that will receive funding.
- Optum will support these ideas with mentorship across spheres including technology, business strategy, design, and product development.
- IIIT will leverage its advanced deep-tech research capabilities and vast experience, incubating startups to provide research and business mentorship to selected startups.
Equity-free grants to help turn ideas to viable solutions
Opportunities to leverage best-in-class capabilities from leading providers
Access to deep tech research resources and facilities
Community of engaged advisors across technology, business strategy, design and product development
Our innovation partner
The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) has strong research capabilities, with established centers of excellence focusing on natural language processing (speech and text), image processing, computer vision, machine learning, and applications of artificial intelligence to population scale problems.
IIIT’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is one of India’s oldest incubators and has so far enabled 40+ startups and raised $25M+ external funds for partner startups.
Leadership at OSSI
Vice President, Technology and Head of Optum Startup Studio India
Manoj Kapoor is Vice President, Technology at Optum Global Solutions (India) Private Limited and head of Optum Startup Studio India. He has over 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles and industries and has worked with organizations such as National Stock Exchange, Perot Systems/Dell Services, CGI, Edifecs and RoundGlass Partners. He has been associated with health care technology for 18 years and is passionate about creating innovative products and solutions to solve the complex problems of health care.OR
Senior Engagement Director, Optum Startup Studio India
Ankit Gupta is Senior Engagement Director with Optum Startup Studio India. He has 16 years of health care-focused experience across a variety of functional domains including investments, consulting, digital transformation, continuous process improvement and operations. He is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies and trends to deliver continuous value to the company, our stakeholders and advancement of the overall health care sector.OR
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