Apply to MedTech Innovator 2019

Partner or Alumni Referral and Extended Deadline

Thanks to the referral from KiiLN, we are pleased to provide you with a priority application review and an extension of our deadline to Feb 28. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. Please be sure to mention KiiLN in the application question that asks how you heard about MedTech Innovator.

About MedTech Innovator

MedTech Innovator is the medical technology industry’s global showcase 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.

Application Deadline May 1, 2019 - MedTech Innovator Asia

MedTech Innovator now offers a parallel competition and program providing content regarding accessing and operating in the Asia Pacific region and a Showcase to industry executives in Singapore. Companies may apply to both our US-based and Asia programs. Please visit our MedTech Innovator Asia page for more information on our 2019 Asia Pacific program.

MedTech Innovator 2019 Showcase & Accelerator

Each year, MedTech Innovator recognizes the 50 best-in-class startups across the medtech industry. Startups selected for this honor receive a slot in the MedTech Innovator Showcase. The MedTech Innovator Showcase is an annual program that provides startups with high profile visibility to healthcare investors, stakeholders, and decision makers, access to a network of mentors and peers, and participation in a customized virtual curriculum.

A subset of the MedTech Innovator Showcase startups are selected to participate in the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, which provides in-depth mentorship through one-on-one matching with one or more mentors from our corporate partners. Additionally, the MedTech Innovator Accelerator startups are eligible to compete for the $350,000 Grand Prize. Acceptance into the MedTech Innovator Accelerator is based on the stage of the startup with preference for companies that have not yet raised a Series B or established a significant strategic partnership. All medical device, diagnostic, or digital health startups are eligible to apply.

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 Amgen, Baxter, BTG, Fujikura, HOYA, Johnson & Johnson, Olympus, Nipro, W.L. Gore and 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 have access to corporate executives, investors, providers, payers, FDA, NIH, DoD, and other stakeholders. They will join a growing peer / alumni network of 185 of the most promising medtech startups around the world. Showcase companies 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 both conferences, companies will participate in the MedTech Innovator Showcase, an on-stage interactive program. The showcase highlights the most innovative companies in sector-based sessions, moderated by leading corporate executives and investors. Additionally, MedTech Innovator Showcase companies will be profiled in a booklet distributed at The MedTech Conference in Boston.

MedTech Innovator AcceleratorSelect 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 19-21 and concludes September 23-25 at The MedTech Conference in Boston. Opportunities include networking, workshops, and pitching to investors, manufacturers, providers. In addition to receiving the above Showcase benefits, Accelerator companies will be assigned mentors from one or more of MedTech Innovator’s corporate partners, receive complimentary AdvaMed Accel membership for the 2nd half of 2019, and compete for up to $500,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes and awards.

Eligibility & Requirements

All early- to mid-stage medical device, diagnostic, or digital health companies are encouraged to apply. Companies who have raised (or are soon to close) a series B through series C will be considered for only the Showcase track. Companies that have not yet closed a Series B will be considered for the Accelerator.

Preferably, applicants will have prototypes and some proof of concept evidence, as well as the funds available / runway remaining to execute on current milestones.

Companies that are accepted to the program 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 19-21, 2019, and The MedTech Conference in Boston on September 23-25, 2019.

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

Apply Now

The application deadline for partner referrals extends to February 28, 2019

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!

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 and a subset of companies are chosen to participate in the four-month MedTech Innovator Accelerator. The application deadline for partner referrals extends to February 28, 2019. Final company selections will be announced in late May 2019. See our FAQ’s for answers to common questions.

Info Session and Q&A Video

2019 Key Dates

Date Event
Jan 25 General Deadline
Feb 28 Final Partner Referral Deadline
Mar – Apr In-Person Pitch Events for Selected Companies
Late May Showcase / Accelerator Selections Announcement
Jun 19 – 21 MedTech Innovator Summit and Showcase at the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco
Jun – Sept MedTech Innovator Accelerator, Virtual
Sep 23 – 25 MedTech Innovator Showcase and Finals Competition at The MedTech Conference in Boston

Pitch Events

Date City
Mar 4 Los Angeles
Mar 19 Charleston (military-focused)
Mar 27 Minneapolis
Apr 8 Dublin, Ireland
Apr 23 New York City
Apr 30 Baltimore, MD (pediatric-focused)

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