REACT Startup Stipendium

The REACT Startup Stipendium was a grant program designed to foster startup ideas in the health sector with a focus on crisis management following the COVID-19 pandemic. These startups aimed to drive a green, digital, and stable economic recovery. The primary objective of this funding initiative was to support the development of sustainable business models that demonstrated user and payer acceptance as well as effectiveness.

This grant program was a collaborative effort between two esteemed institutions, the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin) and the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (BHT). Funding for the stipendium was provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) in conjunction with the State of Berlin.

The programme ran from 2021 to 2023

The submissions for the programme are closed

In addition to financial support, recipients of the scholarship were granted access to the comprehensive infrastructure available at both universities, including their respective startup centers—the BHT Startup Hub and the Startup Incubator Berlin.

Moreover, the stipendium entailed valuable support from internal coaching teams, a pool of external advisors, academic mentors, and mentors from the extensive business network associated with both universities.


It is important to note that this scholarship programme was initiated during the Corona Pandemic and covered the period from October 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023. At present, no further editions of this program are planned.

REACT Startup Stipendium was a joint project with Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht & Startup Incubator Berlin


a2zebra – We digitize education for children.

During closed schools, we felt overwhelmed with home office and teaching children in old-fashioned ways.

Based on that, we digitized the learning concept to increase the motivation of future genius.

Our goal is to enable each child in the world a playful journey into the world of primary education.


Hale is a B2C Mobile App delivering personalized routines of psyotherapy, to lower the impact that pain has on their life.
26% of women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, a persistent condition of pain regarding the genital area that hinders them to live their life fully. In the majority of the cases, this condition leads to psychological issues – such as depression and anxiety. The program combines community interactions, science-backed exercises, and rich data tracking to help them respond to pain differently. Hale wants to combine patients community with scientific research, to make patient-led innovation become real.


Leav is developing a system for patients to reflect on themselves. It integrates modules from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivation Enhancement Therapy, and then gives them the opportunity to do interactive therapy with their phone.


We provide people with mental illnesses with a psychotherapy place promptly and make it possible to expand therapy capacities in Germany in the long term.

Since the pandemic, waiting times for outpatient psychotherapy for children and adolescents have doubled (25 weeks) and 68% of adults with mental illness wait at least 6 months to start their psychotherapy. On the other hand, since about 2 out of 3 psychotherapists without health insurance could still treat an additional average of more than 5 patients per week, we address this problem by bringing these two parties together professionally and efficiently.