Startup competitions seeking companies tackling chronic illness

Steven Loeb · May 9, 2019 · Short URL:

They include Health Tech StandOut! Competition and MedCity INVEST Pop Health

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Here are some of the startup competitions seeking companies tackling chronic illness:


 Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge IV: Digital Solutions for Chronic Care (#CPCDigital) avatar

Description: "Identify new concepts in Digital Health that can prevent health crises and can better managing chronic conditions. More broadly, the Connected Patient Challenge is designed to foster a digital health innovation community where discussion with input from many sources can build strong, robust challenge submissions leading to successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies and patient management programs."

Prize: Winners will be awarded up to $50,000 of in-kind services from Boston Scientific and Google.

Previous winners: Medumo 



Description: "Products and services chosen to present are used by patients or consumers of healthcare or wellness services outside of the hospital environment. Examples of winning solutions include sensors, wearables, technology platforms used by consumers or patients, "connected" consumer products, population health initiatives that integrate technology, "connected" programs, fitness and wellness solutions, and targeted digital interventions that address chronic disease and pain management, program on-boarding, or other types of digitally-enabled health or wellness solutions."

Prize: Not specified 

Previous winners: PatientWisdom


Description: "10 startups selected by MedCity News will present their vision of how chronic diseases can be better managed for overall population health followed by q&a with judges.  Startups will be asked about their business model, reimbursement and other questions. The audience will select the startup that they believe will likely have the most impact and is the Pop Health Leader."

Prize: Not specified 

Previous winners: None yet


Description: "​Do you have a business plan or startup venture that shows significant business potential for the burgeoning baby boomer market, which represents more than $2 trillion in spending power? We invite you to enter your business plan for the 2019 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition. From early-stage ventures to fintech - health and money to connected care - the connected home and caregiver, plans that bring services to people & chronic disease management and more (see categories below). The 2019 SVBVS Business Plan competition aims to generate the best ideas from the best companies that answer the investment theses of our investor community. and tap into the business expertise and creativity of entrepreneurs around the globe."

Prize: Winners receive $10,000 cash check with no restrictions. 

Previous winners: Bikanta


Description: "Competitors should submit innovative solutions leveraging big data to solve at least one of three chronic health issues facing the U.S. -- Obesity, Diabetes and/or Heart Disease."


  • First place $15,000
  • Second place $5,000
  • Third place $2,500

Previous winners: Allison Sundermeier, Gabriel Saffold, Jae Kim

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