MSc ENTECH alumni Allen Mohammadi is no stranger to winning. In addition to his latest victory of taking first place at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress Startup Open in Istanbul, he has an excellent dossier of recognition for his work so far that includes the 2016 EIT CHANGE award and spots on the Forbes “30 under 30” list. We spoke with him about this latest win, and any words of wisdom to share with others looking to create their own start-up.


The Winning Product

He and his brother Max co-founded HeartstringsTM, an artificial intelligence technology that screens and provides early diagnoses of heart disease, after they suddenly lost their beloved grandmother to a heart attack.  Allen shares, “She had no signs or symptoms. I thought, what if we could have detected the disease earlier and saved her life?”. Their innovative technology claims a process that is twice as accurate, 10 times faster and 49 times cheaper than current methods to screen and diagnose heart diseases – and has been validated in clinical trials with more than 700 individuals successfully.

How to go from Idea to Innovation

Allen is quick to commend InnoEnergy for providing the expertise (as well as the valuable advice and guidance) gained through his Master’s studies in the MSc ENTECH programme – to complement his extraordinary drive and personal motivation with pushing the idea forward. He is a shining example for candidates looking to go out on their own with their ideas but perhaps are held back by fear of failure. He offers this sage advice for stepping outside of any comfort zone: “We all have a lot of boundaries, but from my point of view, success starts where your boundaries end.”

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Crossing his own boundaries and putting in a lot of hard work has paid off again – earning first place in 2017 Startup Open, defeating more than 1,000 start-ups from 82 different countries. “Hippogriff AB is a shining example of how a young firm has the potential to make a lasting impact on the world around them, and how one idea can work to change lives,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) on their website.

Hippogriff AB and the other finalists gain membership into the GEN Starters Club, a community of gifted founders with full access to GEN mentors from its network across 170 countries. Allen shared on the GEN global website: “Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Congress was a fantastic experience, and winning Startup Open gave my brother and me the chance to present our innovation once again at a global level. We believe GEN is an extremely valuable network that can contribute to our vision of saving at least 1 million lives each year.” Allen is a shining example of how to put yourself out there, in order to actualise your dream.


By Siva Sembian

19 June 2018

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