Another year, another great HealthTECH Event!

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Thanks to all that helped us celebrate the HealthTECH Startup Competition‘s sixth anniversary!

Sponsored by Insight Product Development, MATTER and iBIO, this annual event once again brought together a great mix of key healthcare industry and community stakeholders.

Each year we host this event, we aim to:

  • Improve lives by bringing innovative health solutions to patients
  • Encourage entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry
  • Grow the medical innovation ecosystem in the Midwest
  • Connect corporations with early-stage companies

And while the goals of the competition have not changed, it’s reach and diversity within healthcare innovation have.

As the health tech ecosystem continues to grow in the Midwest, support from local medical and pharma companies has lead to increased activity for new technology solutions. Insight has seen the trend in interest and technology investigation grow from year to year in the startup space. This was made evident with this year’s increase in applications from the Midwest and beyond, as well as an uptick in mobile health and connected device focused startups.

“ It is great to see talented, driven, smart people pulled into the healthcare innovation ecosystem that can benefit so many lives beyond social media platforms. These startups are truly affecting outcomes and have the potential to help so many people. “ – Steve McPhilliamy, Executive Director of Insight Accelerator Labs.

This year, we included a fourth winning category, the people’s choice award, collecting the audience’s pick through Twitter.

Our judges did a great job of selecting the 10 finalists from such a large, diverse, and impressive pool of applicants. Speaking of finalists…

Congratulations to our 2018 HealthTECH Startup Competition Winners!

1st place:

Odin Technologies – Odin Technologies is developing a wearable diagnostic device for monitoring blood flow in trauma patients; specifically those at risk for developing acute compartment syndrome.

2nd place:

Simmergent – Simergent is developing a home dialysis system which is easier to use and up to 85% less expensive than current devices.

3rd place:


Voyant – Voyant is developing the first fully automated point-of-care urine diagnostic platform for the connected healthcare provider. Our solution supports best practice pregnancy screening in emergency departments.

People’s Choice Award

Hava -Hava improves clinical outcomes for patients battling nicotine addiction via our connected vaporizer that automatically weans smokers off their addiction with minimal withdrawal.

And congratulations again to all of our 2018 finalists!

We’d also like to thank our judges and sponsors. Without their help and support, this event would not be possible.

Barbara Goodman
President & COO at Cures Within Reach
Arun Bhatia
MATTER, Sr. Program Director
Meg Barron
American Medical Association, Director, Digital Health Strategy
James Kelly, MD, MBA, FACS
Cascade Partners, LLC, President & Principal
Stephen Konya
Senior Innovation Strategist, Office of the National Coordination for Health IT (ONC)
Maryam Saleh, PhD
Health tech entrepreneur currently hatching her own business while advising early data-related ventures at the University of Chicago
Chris Evans
West Pharmaceutical Services, VP, Global Innovation

Gold Sponsors

We’d love to hear how you enjoyed this year’s competition, please take this survey and share your thoughts on how we can improve this event!

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We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event! We’ll be sending out information in the spring regarding of the 2019 HealthTech Startup Competition.

You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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