Apply to MedTech Innovator 2020

Partner or Alumni Referral and Priority Review

Thanks to the referral from Seroba, we are pleased to provide you with a priority application review. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. Please be sure to mention Seroba 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.


Accelerator & Competition – General Deadline – February 1
Pediatric Competition – Deadline to apply is February 15 – apply here
Military Pitch – Deadline to apply is February 18
Showcase-only – Deadline to apply is March 15

Do you have questions about the application process or benefits of participating in the MedTech Innovator program? Watch our informational webinar.

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. Companies may apply to both US-based and Asia programs. Click here for more information on our Asia Pacific program

MedTech Innovator Military Pitch - February 18 Deadline

The military pitch day is an opportunity to present your technology to both military and civilian representatives. View the MRDC Interest Areas page to see a list of priority needs for this military pitch day. Though you may submit anything that you think is pertinent, startups will be reviewed first against these priorities. Please be sure to check the military box within the Special Application Categories in Section 1. Submissions should ideally be for technologies that have not been previously submitted to the US Army.

MedTech Innovator 2020 Showcase - March 15 Deadline

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 and access to healthcare investors, stakeholders, decision makers; a network of mentors and peers; and participation in a customized virtual curriculum. All medical device, diagnostic, or digital health startups are eligible and encouraged to apply.

MedTech Innovator 2020 Accelerator & Competition - Feb 1 Deadline

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 in the finals for the $350,000 Grand Prize as well as two other cash prize competitions for a total of $500,000 in non-dilutive funding opportunities. 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. Later stage companies are still eligible for the Showcase track of the program. Pre-seed – Series A medical device, diagnostic, or digital health startups are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits

MedTech Innovator Road Tour – 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, 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 Toronto.

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 17-19 and concludes October 5-7 at The MedTech Conference in Toronto. 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 2020, 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. To see a list of interest areas that our partners are specifically interested in, visit MedTech Industry Strategic Interest Areas 2020. 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 17-19, 2020, and The MedTech Conference in Toronto on October 5-7, 2020.

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

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Partner referrals are extended a priority application review

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. Final company selections will be announced in late May 2020. See our FAQ’s for answers to common questions.

2020 Key Dates

Date Event
Feb 1 General Accelerator Deadline
Feb 15 Pediatric Deadline
Feb 18 Military Deadline
Mar 15 Showcase-only Deadline
Feb – Apr In-Person Pitch Events for Selected Companies
Late May Showcase / Accelerator Selections Announcement
Jun 17 – 19 MedTech Innovator Summit and Showcase at the WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco
Jun – Sept MedTech Innovator Virtual Program
Oct 5 – 7 MedTech Innovator Showcase and Finals Competition at The MedTech Conference in Toronto

Pitch Events

Date City
February 18 US Central Region – Chicago
March 2 US West Region – Los Angeles
March 23 Pediatric-Focused – College Park, MD
March 24 US East Region – Baltimore, MD
March 25 Military-Focused – Baltimore, MD
April 7 Canadian – Montréal, Canada
April 20 – 21 European – Dublin, Ireland

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