VentureCrowd x DHF



After a feverish few days of deal making in the Startup Village, a handpicked group of startups will showdown in our Pitch Fest finale, hosted by VentureCrowd.

Witness the cutting-edge of healthcare innovation, as DHF23 puts the spotlight on the startup ecosystem – the driving force behind the future of health.

8 Startups face off head-to-head to impress 4 Healthcare Experts in a showdown crowning 1 Winner.

3:50 - 4:50PM, 7th June | Main Stage

Meet our 8 Startup Showdown Finalists


Clinials is an AI-Driven clinical trial participant recruitment platform, helping researchers and pharmaceutical companies find eligible and engaged participants for their trials. Born in Brisbane, Australia – the world’s test bed for clinical trials, Clinials has global experience with clinical trial recruitment.


Flintworks is a clinical grade, Virtual Reality therapy toolkit that enhances clinician-led treatment of complex mental illness. The Flintworks VR toolkit augments standard in-person therapy & enables clinicians to effortlessly build customised therapeutic VR environments for their patients, in real-time; ultimately improving patient outcomes.

Gretel Analytics

Gretel is making residential aged care smart and safe. The deliberately data agnostic platform aggregates and leverages real time data streams, AI and ML to provide a comprehensive understanding of the care environment.  Actionable insights to mitigate risk ensure the vulnerable ageing are kept safe, and reduced tech-complexity enables carers to spend more time in 1:1 care.



Macuject is a clinician-driven digital health company created to end preventable blindness for tens of millions across the globe, starting with age-related macular degeneration (AMD); diabetic retinopathy, cataract and glaucoma will follow. 


oVRcome is a D2C smartphone app that makes clinically proven treatment for anxiety disorders easier to access using Virtual Reality and smartphone technology.

The app currently offers programmes for 14 anxiety disorders and is used by people in over 30 countries, with one published clinical trial with the University of Otago and currently in a second for Social Anxiety.



SmartHeal is an end to end wound care platform transforming wound care for both patients and healthcare professionals alike. Instead of the painful manual methods of wound measurements, SmartHeal provides automatic accurate wound measurements by taking no touch photo with your phone camera. SmartHeal also envisions assisting in appropriate evidence based wound assessments leveraging AI and remote communication with your multidisciplinary team.


WIRL is on a mission to boost the world’s mood through food. The two dietitians, Alicia & Bree, have built a behaviour change app that teaches people an entirely new way of eating. WIRL works to nourish the gut microbiome through educational challenges, recipes, nutrition tips and guided food & mood meditations to ultimately better connect the communication between the gut-brain axis.


Metaboly improves patient adherence to clinician led exercise and lifestyle plans. Their platform makes health programs more engaging and automates patient management to reduce drop off. Their flagging system helps clinicians monitor patient progress and intervene if necessary. This enables clinics to retain patients and lets them scale their business, whilst giving patients more access to expert help.

"Empowering everybody to back a better future"

Meet the Host

VentureCrowd is a digital investments platform for impactful high-growth startups. They have established the VentureCrowd HealthTech fund to identify and, via equity crowdfunding, invest in early-stage companies innovating in the areas of health and wellness. The fund is the first of its kind in Australia and specialises in finding and funding high-growth ventures in the areas of FoodTech, MedTech, BioTech & Digital Health.

Closing out DHF23 in style

Startup Showdown Running Order

Make your way over to the Main Stage at the end of Day 2 to witness the up and coming in the future of healthcare.

Our startups have 4 minutes to impress our team of judges by pitching their company's developments

Hosted and presented by a VentureCrowd MC

Who will be crowned the VentureCrowd x DHF23 Startup Showdown winner?

Meet the Showdown Judges

Steven Maarbani

CEO | VentureCrowd

Emily Casey

Founder, What the Health | Principal, Side Stage Ventures

Stefan Harrer

CINO | Digital Health CRC

Helen Souris

CEO, Cardihab