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Access To Health

Online Startup Pitch Competition

We’re calling all healthcare startups based in the Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines to join our pitch competition for a chance to win $20,000 in equity-free prize money.

The Access to Health Pitch Competition 2021 aims to identify and support healthcare startups that provide innovative solutions in addressing health system gaps and increasing patient access to medicine in their respective countries. Besides providing the cash prize, Merck is also looking into providing continuous support for the startups that align with the company's local initiatives.

Deadline for entry submissions is November 30, 2021!

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What is Access to Health at Merck?

Merck implements and strengthens holistic programs that expand access to healthcare through a robust strategy, global health partnerships and shared value initiatives. Our Access to Health (A2H) programs and initiatives address local needs, and help to create long-term value for the business, our stakeholders and the environment.

Who can join?

To be eligible to sign-up, please see our criteria below:

  • The company must be based in one of the following countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

  • The size of the startup should be in its Seed to Series A stage.

Startups that cover solutions to non-communicable diseases is a plus!

For any questions regarding the criteria, please feel free to contact us at

We're looking for startups that addresses at least one gap in several areas of a patient's journey, such as:

Disease Awareness
Patient Accessibility
Patient Screening
Supply and Adherence

For any questions regarding the criteria, please feel free to contact us at

Why should you join?

$20,000 Prize
Grand winner gets the grand prize equity-free.
Represent your country!
Up to $5,000 for the runner-ups in each country.
Get Connected!
Get a chance to work with the Merck team.
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