WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

Two competitions are held within the WISH : WISH Innovation Booster Competition – among companies and organizations, and WISH Innovation Spark Competition – among startups. The aim of the competitions is to find, support and promote advanced solutions in the field of healthcare and medicine in the global innovative market, including such areas as accessibility of healthcare, neurodegenerative diseases, COVID-19, physiotherapy and many others.

This year 15 Russian companies applied and 3 reached the finals and took part in a showcase at the WISH 2020 virtual summit.

Overall, WISH received close to 500 applications from different parts of the world including the far east like New Zealand and Australia, to the far west like the USA and Brazil.

Innovation entries came from 43 countries.

The Russian finalists at WISH 2020 virtual summit were:

Device for communicating and using the phone for deaf-blind people

Previously WISH had no entries from Russia, so “we were thrilled to see entries this year” – organizers wrote to QRCC.


Mahmoud El Achi, Head of Innovation at WISH, said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing Russian innovation at our upcoming WISH 2020 summit. Now more than ever, global health needs innovative solutions, and this year we saw fit to vastly expand our Spark and Booster competitions to add several new benefits for our winning innovators. These promising entrepreneurs are assured of the full support of the global WISH community even after the competition, reflecting our deep commitment to improving lives through healthcare innovation.

Following on from the Qatar-Russia Year of Culture in 2018, we are very proud to continue the partnership and welcome three innovators from Russia to WISH 2020 under this year’s banner ‘One World Our Health’, joining us in our goal to build a healthier world through global collaboration. With Russia’s history in tech innovation, we look forward to new prospects working with their innovation hubs moving forward, so that both sides mutually benefit from sharing knowledge and experience. It is certainly an opportunity for WISH to explore the healthcare innovation landscape in Russia and, hopefully, collaborate on other impactful projects in the future, beyond our summit”.

The invitation of the Russian start-up teams was initiated by the Qatari-Russian Center for Cooperation (QRCC).