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

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Thanks to all that helped make the 2018 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 six years, Insight Product Development, MATTER, and PROPEL – iBIO Institute are co-hosting the seventh annual HealthTECH Startup Competition on Thursday, November 14, 2019. This year our team of jurors will select ten leading early stage medical device and digital health startup finalists from the Midwest to compete at our pitch competition for $50,000 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.

2019 Program Schedule

HealthTECH: November 14, 2019

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

Last Year’s Event Supporters

2019 supporters info to come

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Greenlight Guru

Bronze Partners

Anna Lisa Somera
Lucic Partners

Media Partners

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

For 2019 Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve McPhilliamy.


Last Year’s Jurors

Barbara Goodman
President & COO at Cures Within Reach
Expanding the reach and influence of CWR to further its mission of using medical repurposing research to improve patient quality and length of life, efficiently driving more treatments to more patients
Arun Bhatia
MATTER, Sr. 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 & Principal
Active Angel investor and Mentor @ MATTER & CIM @ MATTER
President of the Northwestern Medical Alumni Association
Stephen Konya
Senior Innovation Strategist, Office of the National Coordination for Health IT (ONC), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
Developed the national Health IT Playbook, Patient Engagement Playbook, and is the founding co-chair of the National Digital Health Collaborative
Maryam Saleh, PhD
Health tech entrepreneur currently hatching her own business while advising early data-related ventures at the University of Chicago. Former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Abundant Venture Partners, Vice President of Programs at MATTER and Managing Director of the Center for Device Development at Northwestern

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 $50,000 in cash and prizes – including six month free membership to MATTER and other in-kind services, to directly advance their innovations toward commercialization


2019 HealthTECH Startup Competition Key Dates

Aug 1
Website opens for startup applications
Sep 8
Deadline for early startup applications (Midnight)
Oct 13
Deadline for final startup applications (Midnight)
Oct 18
Top 10 candidates selected and notified by panel
Nov 14
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:

  • Showcasing technologies that provide clinically effective solutions to real healthcare problems that improve patient outcomes
  • Clearly communicated solutions that fulfill user needs and are captured in a detailed and compelling business case/business plan 
  • A collaborative team that demonstrates diversity of thought, cohesion, and the capability to execute proposed innovations
  • Presenting unique, viable business opportunities that appeal to potential investors

Last Year’s Top Four

1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:


People’s Choice Award

Past Finalists

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