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HealthTECH 2017 Startup Competition

October 19th, 2017

*Tickets for HealthTECH go on sale soon!

HealthTECH Startup Competition

Program Overview

In response to highly successful events in over the past four years, Insight Product Development, MATTER, and PROPEL at the iBIO Institute are co-hosting the fifth annual HealthTECH Startup Competition on October 19th, 2017. This year our team of judges will select ten leading early stage medical device and digital health startup finalists from the Midwest to compete for $35,000 in cash and prizes.

First-round startup competitors will be selected by a judging panel of leaders from global corporations, academia, investors, and community health organizations to narrow the field down to twenty top teams. The second round of vetting and review will identify the finalists that will present live in October at the HealthTECH Summit. On the merit of their live pitches, jurors will select the top three startups for cash and prize awards at the event.

2017 Program Schedule

HealthTECH: October 19, 2017

Networking, cocktail reception and Innovation Showcase
Steve McPhilliamy – Partner Insight Product Development & Executive Director of Insight Accelerator Labs
Barbara Goodman – Senior Vice President PROPEL, iBIO Institute
10 five-minute startup live-pitches with intermission following first five
2017 Insight Product Development Startup Competition Winners announcement and networking

Program Goals

  • 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

2017 Event Supporters to be announced soon!

2016 Gold Partners

2016 Silver Partners

2016 Media Partners

World Business Chicago
Northwestern University
Startup Angels
Northwestern Master of Science and Law
Northwestern The Garage
Illinois Dept of Commerce
Illinois Department of Public Health
INVO Northwestern
UIC Innovate

For 2017 Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve McPhilliamy.


2017 Judges to be announced soon!

2016 Judges

Mark Arizmendi
HealthCure LLC, Managing Director & CEO
Northwestern Capital Partners LLC, President & CEO
At HealthCure we develop new protocols and treatments to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections. At Northwestern Capital Partners, we invest in healthcare, agriculture, and biotechnology.
Meg Barron
American Medical Association, Director, Digital Health Strategy
New product development director, focused on innovation in the healthcare space and developing startup healthcare entrepreneurs.
Jordan Dolin
Emmi Solutions, Founder
Emmi combines an intimate understanding of people and expertise in behavioral and educational science to successfully engage people to become owners of their health and wellbeing.
Chris Evans
West Pharmaceutical Services, VP, Global Innovation
Heading up Global Innovation, research and conceptual development of drug delivery systems and associated proprietary, intellectual property.
Barbara Goodman
PROPEL, iBIO Institute, Senior VP
PROPEL is the iBIO Institute’s initiative for early stage life sciences companies founded by the Institute and iBIO, the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization.
James Kelly, MD, MBA, FACS
Cascade Partners, LLC, President & Principle
Active Angel investor healthcare
Stephen Konya
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Senior Innovation Strategist
Office of the National Coordination for Health IT (ONC)  is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

Benefits to startups

  • Visibility of their innovations before hundreds of key industry leaders
  • The opportunity for valuable direct feedback from jury professionals with proven track records of successfully bringing emerging technologies to market
  • A chance to be privately mentored by one of the most experienced development teams in the world
  • A chance to win up to $35,000 in cash and prizes – including s six month free membership to MATTER and other in-kind services, to directly advance their innovations toward commercialization


2017 Competition Key Dates

July 20 Website opens for startup applications
Sept 12 Deadline for startup applications (Midnight)
Oct 02 Top 10 candidates selected and notified by panel
Oct 19 Live-pitching and innovation showcase at HealthTECH Summit

Judging Criteria

Our team of external judges will review all applications and narrow the applications to ten finalists to participate in the live pitching competition. Entries will be judged based on the following overarching criteria:

    • Compelling and novel healthcare solution
    • Clearly explained need for the product or digital solution, including any clinical evidence
    • Strong candidate team
    • Ability to present the healthcare solution in a way that will engage and energize stakeholders to back the project

Call for Applications

1. To apply for the competition, please submit your online application

2. On October 2nd the ten finalists will be announced and move on to the live pitch Startup Competition round at the HealthTECH Summit.

3. The top three startups will be announced at the HealthTECH Summit on October 19th.

2017 Finalists to be announced soon!

Past Finalists

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