Pitch Competition for Women and Founders of Color for MedTech Startups

Published on June 28, 2021

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Virtual Pitch Competition for Women and Founders of Color awards a total of $8,500 in Non-Dilutive Cash Prizes to MedTech Startups

Startups focused on innovative medical device technologies can apply to pitch virtually to a group of esteemed judges for cash awards totaling $8,500 and connections to industry decision-makers and investors interested in hardtech.

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

This pitch competition will occur online on Thursday, August 5th, between 4:30 pm. and 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. If you would like to be in the audience, register to attend as an audience member.

Pitch Competition Eligibility:

• At least one founder must be female or a person of color
• The MedTech Startup must be pre-series A
• Must be hardtech startup (with elements of physical product and software)
• Startup must be in the field of Medical & Health Technology

Areas of Focus:

We are looking for breakthrough medical device technologies focused in medicine delivery, remote patient monitoring, wearables, therapeutic devices, and more. Example Technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic disease management tools
  • Care management at home
  • Touchless technologies
  • Minimally Invasive monitoring
  • Low-cost analyte sensing
  • Health & Medical Technologies for detection or monitoring of life-threatening conditions
  • Diagnosis and measurement of malnutrition
  • Connected therapeutic devices
  • Improved drug delivery methods
  • Extracorporeal blood oxygenation and CO2 removal technologies
  • Technologies that improve surgical tissue repair, nerve repair / regeneration of vascular anastomisis
  • Point-of-use water filtration for medical use

Be part of the Pitch Competition Audience!

If you want to see the top 5 application finalists pitch live to a virtual audience on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 between 4:30 and 5:30 pm CST, sign up to participate as an audience member!

Meet the Pitch Competition Finalists!

Equibands has created the Minimize bracelet – a lightweight and discreet device that reduces hand tremors by up to 95%. Their goal is to mitigate debilitating tremors that render everyday tasks impossible, and thus alleviate the psychological distress they cause to the 120 million people worldwide suffering from Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.

fluidIQ is developing technologies that use clever design to direct airflow using a science called “fluidics” to operate without electricity. Fluidics uses the flows and pressures of fluids or air to control operations normally performed by battery-powered or electronic devices, without moving parts or electricity. 

Kalia Health (KH) is a health justice startup committed to improving reproductive health outcomes for conditions such as preeclampsia. KH is developing the Kal-PDx, an early preeclampsia detection test to increase awareness about the developing complication and provide birthing people with the tools they need to take control of their health.

Phiex Technologies makes it cheaper and faster to make medical devices by replacing 3rd party sterilization with self-sterilizing packaging. The package can now sterilize the device inside. This is also a cost-savings solution to the major issues caused by the EPA regulation of ethylene oxide, which sterilizes approximately 20 billion devices each year.

Starling Medical is revolutionizing the at-home chronic management of 3 million+ people with bladder dysfunctions with their novel AI and tech-enabled bladder management platform; designed to improve patient quality of life, provide new telehealth revenues to providers, and bring cost savings to payors by preventing hospitalizations.

Judges Panel for the Pitch Competition:

Heather Walsh – MedTech Cohort Executive Director, mHUB
Melissa Cohen – Managing Director, Edward-Elmhurst Health Venture Capital
Steven Collens – CEO, MATTER
Isaac McCoy – Dean of School of Business, Stillman College
Leslie Smith – National Director, GET Cities
Dimitra Georganopoulou – President, Women in Bio
Cristian Menzel, Innovation – Renal Care at Baxter International Inc.
Anna Lisa Somera, CEO of Rhaeos


Previous Pitch Competition Winners

Last December, seven finalists virtually pitched for cash prizes and industry connections in front of a group of eleven esteemed judges from all across the IIoT sector. After a paper round of judging and the pitch night itself, winners received cash awards and access to leaders in the Industry 4.0 sector. Meet those winners from the 2020 pitch competition.

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