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We’re thrilled to welcome this year’s participants for the sixth annual HealthTECH Startup Competition.

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Thanks to all that helped make the 2017 HealthTECH Startup Competition a success!

Check out our recap to learn more about the event and to see the winners! 

HealthTECH Startup Competition

Program Overview

In response to highly successful events over the past five years, Insight Product Development, MATTER, and PROPEL – iBIO Institute are co-hosting the sixth annual HealthTECH Startup Competition on Thursday, November 8, 2018. This year our team of jurors 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 November at the HealthTECH Competition. On the merit of their live pitches, jurors will select the top three startups for cash and prize awards at the event.

2018 Program Schedule

HealthTECH: November 8, 2018

Networking, cocktail reception and Innovation Showcase
Steve McPhilliamy – Partner Insight Product Development & Executive Director of Insight Accelerator Labs
10 five-minute startup live-pitches with intermission following first five
2018 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

Past Event Supporters

2018 Supporters TBA

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

5 Start Plastics

Bronze Partners

Anna Lisa Somera
Lucic Partners

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 2018 Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve McPhilliamy.


Last year’s Jurors

2018 Jurors TBA

Barbara Goodman
President & COO at Cures Within Reach
Arun Bhatia
MATTER, Program Director
Health technology hub serving a community of industry and start-up innovators working to solve real and complex healthcare problems
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.
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.

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.
Mark Arizmendi
Northwestern Capital Partners, President and CEO – boutique investment bank and investor in healthcare, mobility technology, energy, and agriculture. Have completed $800 million in transactions over the past 9 years.
HealthCure LLC – Managing Director and CEO – healthcare innovation company focused on reducing healthcare risk for HAIs.
Maryam Saleh
Abundant Venture Partners – Entrepreneur In Residence

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


2018 HealthTECH Startup Competition Key Dates

Aug 1
Website opens for startup applications
Oct 1Deadline for startup applications (Midnight)
Oct 19
Top 10 candidates selected and notified by panel
Nov 8
Live-pitching and innovation showcase at HealthTECH Competition

Judging Criteria

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

  • Technologies that provide clinically effective solutions to real healthcare problems that improve patient outcomes
  • Solutions that capture a well thought out and compelling business case/business plan
  • A team make-up that demonstrates diversity of thought and capability and a represent significant chemistry
  • Business opportunities that are compelling to potential investors

2017 Finalists

Raydiant Oximetry




Kaizen Health


Past Finalists

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