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Feb 16 Application Deadline

The application deadline for MedTech Innovator has been extended to February 16. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible for the best chance of being selected for one of our upcoming regional pitch events. Please be sure to mention the name of the partner who referred you in the question that asks how you heard about MedTech Innovator.

About MedTech Innovator

MedTech Innovator is the medical technology industry’s nonprofit global competition and accelerator for innovative medical device, digital health and diagnostic companies. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients by accelerating the growth of companies that are transforming the healthcare system. MedTech Innovator is the largest platform of its kind, providing participants with broad exposure to the leading players in the medtech industry.

MedTech Innovator 2018 Accelerator and Competition

In 2018, MedTech Innovator and its partners will give out more than $500,000 in cash prizes, scholarships, and in-kind awards. The competition includes several rounds where companies gain increasing amounts of exposure to industry leaders through online application reviews, in-person pitch sessions, and audience competitions at three conferences.

Program Benefits

MedTech Innovator Pitch – The highest scoring companies from the online application review are invited to participate in regional pitch events, awarding the opportunity to present to a variety of industry-leading judges and key opinion leaders. In-person pitch event judges include members of the MedTech Innovator leadership team, investors, providers, and senior executives from world-class medtech companies such as Johnson&Johnson, BD, Baxter, and many others. Historically, participation has resulted in financial investment, recruitment of board advisors, and establishment of research partnerships for startups. All companies invited to pitch will be provided with review feedback summaries based on their online application and in-person pitch.

MedTech Innovator Showcase – 50 companies will be selected to participate in the MedTech Innovator Showcase. These companies will receive one complimentary registration to the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco, as well as one full-access registration to The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed. At The MedTech Conference, the companies will participate in the MedTech Innovator Showcase, an on-stage interactive program on the main exhibit floor. The showcase highlights the most innovative companies in sector-based sessions, moderated by leading corporate executives and investors. Additionally, MedTech Innovator Showcase companies will receive a dedicated space for one-on-one meetings over the three-day conference, as well as enhanced profiles in both the conference partnering system and published booklet distributed at The MedTech Conference in 2018. They are also eligible to compete for the $10K competition for Best Video.

MedTech Innovator Accelerator20 companies will receive a place in the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, a four-month virtual program. The Accelerator commences with the MedTech Innovator Summit in San Francisco on June 20-21 and concludes the week of September 24, 2018 at The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia. Opportunities include networking, workshops, and pitching to investors, manufacturers, providers. Accelerator companies have an unprecedented opportunity to receive in-depth, customized mentorship from senior leaders in the medtech industry. All 20 Accelerator companies will receive Showcase company benefits, in addition to the unprecedented opportunity to receive in-depth, customized mentorship from senior leaders in the medtech industry and the eligibility to compete for the Grand Prize and other cash prizes.

Eligibility & Requirements

All early- to mid-stage medical device, diagnostic, or digital health companies are encouraged to apply. Series B and later companies will be considered for the Showcase track. Companies that have not yet closed a series B will be considered for the Accelerator.

Companies that are accepted to the Accelerator must commit a co-founder or senior member of their leadership team to attend the three-day MedTech Innovator Summit in San Francisco on June 20-22, 2018, and The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia on September 24-26, 2018. Showcase companies are required to attend only The MedTech Conference.

MedTech Innovator is a nonprofit and does not require equity from participating companies.

Key 2018 Milestone Dates

Date Milestone
Feb 16 Application Deadline
Mar – Apr In-Person Pitch Events for Selected Companies
Late May Accelerator/Showcase Selections Announcement
Jun 20 – 22 MedTech Innovator Summit and Showcase at the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco
Jun – Sept MedTech Innovator Accelerator, Virtual
Sep 25 – 27 MedTech Innovator Showcase and Finals Competition at The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia

Pitch Events

Date City
Mar 1 Denver
Mar 5 Los Angeles
Mar 9 Chicago
Mar 15 San Francisco
Mar 20 Boston
Mar 22 Houston
Mar 26 – 30 Tel Aviv, Israel (exact date TBA)
Apr 5 & 6 Montréal, Canada
Apr 9 Research Triangle Park
Apr 11 Washington, DC (pediatric-focused)
Apr 17 & 18 Dublin, Ireland
Apr 24 & 25 San Francisco (digital-focused)

Applications and Selection Process

1. Register an account

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to set up an account. Click the Register button below to go to the registration page. Enter a username and email and click the Register button. That will send you an email with a link where you can set your password. Then, proceed to the next steps below.

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2. Complete your application 

Submit a new application on your MedTech Innovator Member Page. You’ll be able to save your application in-progress and come back later to make changes and additions as needed.

3. Be ready to pitch!

Companies that apply early will have review priority for regional pitch event selection. The final application deadline is February 16, 2018.
The highest scoring companies will be invited for the opportunity to pitch MedTech Innovator and our panel of reviewers at one of our regional pitch events. Fifty companies are selected to participate in the MedTech Innovator Showcase. Twenty additional companies are chosen and invited to participate in the four-month MedTech Innovator Accelerator.  The announcement for the accelerator company selection is in mid-May 2018. Look for the announcement of the 4 finalists for the Grand Prize, in early September. See our FAQ’s for answers to common questions.

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