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H2i’s 2020 Pitch Perfect Competition

Pitch Perfect 2020 Competition

**NEW* Audience registration is now open! Register HERE
The Pitch Perfect Competition  is a Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Health Innovation Hub initiative to celebrate and support student innovations on health matters. All applications will be evaluated by the H2i team; six student project proposals will be selected to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas. Three winners will be awarded Student Innovation Fellowships of $5,000 each to help develop their idea. Each pitch will be 5 minutes long followed by 5 minutes for Q&A with the judges. Candidates must apply online (below) and one member of the team must be a current U of T student. Note: Student means undergraduates, graduates (masters or PhD), post-docs, students enrolled in professional programs; the student team member will be the presenter at the Pitch Perfect competition. 

Meet Our Finalists:

Arma Biosciences has developed a handheld, reagent-free testing device to help address anything from COVID-19 to monitoring long-term disease progression. Elaya Project brings together founders from within U of T's own Faculty of Medicine looking to make long-term delivery of neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy possible, preventing muscle wasting in ICU patients. ExVilent has stepped up to revolutionize the drug development process with their ex-vivo, humanized lung model, designed to provide clinically relevant testing support while reducing the need for animal testing. Health Bridge is looking to bridge gaps in the healthcare community and break down language barriers through their accessible, human-centered tool, making sure that those who need help the most won't be left behind. Maveta Diagnostics is looking to create an affordable, ultra-sensitive diagnostic test for breast cancer that will make testing faster, more accurate, and more accessible, meaning more women will be able to catch things before it ever gets too late. PharmAssess Diagnostics has created a software platform to help over-burdened pharmacists assess common ailments, enabling them to provide the best patient care that they can.

Join us at the event to hear more from these amazing ventures!

Competition Timeline

**NEW** Application Deadline: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Decision Notice: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Mentorship Hours: Successful applicants will be granted 30 minutes of mentorship with H2i's Director, Paul Santerre (PhD, Peng), on Friday, November 13 between 8:30am and 12:00pm EST to help perfect their pitches.  Pitch Competition: Pitch Perfect 2020 will occur on Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm EST via Zoom.
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Application Details
Application Includes
  • List of Team Members and affiliation with the University of Toronto 
  • Project description (up to 400 words) including identified health/medical need
  • Work Plan / Milestones 
  • Short term and long term funding priorities  
Guidelines and Criteria Evaluation Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated on commercialization/translation potential including (but not limited to) the following criteria: 
  • Identified health/medical need; 
  • Scientific basis for design solution; 
  • Novelty, complexity, risk & feasibility; 
  • Work plan, milestones, deliverables & decision points; 
  • Knowledge transfer plan; and 
  • Health impact / market potential. 
Development activities may include (but are not limited to): 
  • Refining and implementing designs; 
  • Testing / evaluating application; 
  • Market studies; 
  • Demonstration / proof-of-concept; 
  • Building prototypes; and 
  • Performing beta trials. 
  The Pitch Competition Six groups will present their pitches. Three winners will be selected by a panel of invited judges from the Faculty of Medicine and Industry.  Student Innovation Fellowship: 
  • Three teams will be awarded $5000 each, and will be accepted into the Health Innovation Hub.
  • Student innovations in health matters is defined as any health related projected affiliated with a department, extra departmental unit, UofT/TAHSN community partner with the Faculty of Medicine, which is targeted towards effect and efficient student driven translation of research discoveries 
  • One member of the team must be a registered University of Toronto student. 
  For further information or questions:info.h2i@utoronto.ca    Apply here:

This form is currently closed for submissions.

Best of luck to all applicants!