MedTech Innovator Opens Applications for Global Showcase, Competition and Accelerator


2019 Showcase to Feature Industry’s 50 Best-in-Class Medical Technology Startups

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2018MedTech Innovator, the premier nonprofit accelerator in the medical technology industry, today announced a call for startups and emerging growth companies to apply to its 2019 program, which will award up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during its competition. The deadline to apply is Jan. 25, 2019. There is no application fee, and no equity is required from participating companies.

MedTech Innovator’s four-month Showcase and Accelerator program features the healthcare industry’s best-in-class medical technologies from around the globe. In 2019, there will be several rounds in which companies gain valuable exposure to industry executives and decision makers through online application reviews, in-person pitch sessions, mentoring, conference showcases, and live competitions.

More than 730 companies applied to participate in the 2018 program, which culminated with a plenary session on Sept. 26 at The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia, with attendance by over 3,000 leaders in the medical technology industry. Five finalists were selected from the Accelerator program to compete in the grand finale, in which a live audience vote selected Sana Health as the 2018 global competition winner.

“MedTech Innovator fosters an industry-wide global network that provides immense value to participating startups and industry partners who share a mission to improve and extend patients’ lives,” said Paul Grand, CEO of MedTech Innovator. “For the seventh consecutive year, MedTech Innovator will prominently feature and accelerate the growth of the industry’s leading medical device, digital health, and diagnostic startups that are working to transform healthcare around the world.”

Applications are reviewed by more than 150 executives and professionals from dozens of leading companies, including manufacturers, providers, and investors such as Johnson & Johnson, RCT Ventures, Baxter, BTG, HOYA Corp, NIPRO Medical Corp., Olympus Medical Systems Group, W.L Gore & Associates, Inc., and many more. The top applicants will be invited to present at one of MedTech Innovator’s regional pitch events across the US and internationally in spring 2019.

MedTech Innovator’s 2018 program also included the participation of the U.S. military, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), as well as leading healthcare investors, manufacturers, providers, hospital systems, and payers.

The MedTech Innovator Showcase is held in conjunction with The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Medical Device Conference June 20-21 in San Francisco and The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed, on Sept. 23-25 in Boston. Selected finalists will compete on the plenary stage of The MedTech Conference, where the audience will vote to determine the grand prize winner of $350,000 and the title of 2019 MedTech Innovator.

About MedTech Innovator

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., MedTech Innovator is the premier nonprofit startup accelerator in the medical technology industry. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients by accelerating the growth of companies that are transforming the healthcare system. MedTech Innovator matches healthcare industry leaders with innovative early-stage and emerging growth medtech companies for mentorship and support. For more information about MedTech Innovator, visit and follow @MedTechAwards on Twitter. To receive industry insights and highlights about MedTech Innovator’s current and alumni participant companies, subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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