Deadline: March 31, 2023 00:00 CEST
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Eligibility: open to persons who are at least 18 years old
Location: the United States

Health Equity Innovation Challenge 2023

Health Equity Innovation Challenge is an opportunity to create change in your community by developing solutions to our nation’s most pressing health equity concerns.

Health Equity Innovation Challenge seeks solutions to problems that Atrium Health deeply cares about as the sponsoring institution. It encourages the submission of scalable and investable solutions to problems that lead to or create significant healthcare outcome disparities.

Imagine a future where you can change the world, starting with your local community

The targeted populations are vulnerable communities specifically, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and those at 200% of Federal Poverty.

The Challenge invites applications for social and technological innovations that can be applied and commercialized with demonstrated potential for the social and economic impact on the following leading indicator priorities:

  • Access: improve access to colorectal screening, A1c control, and blood pressure, behavioral health, and reduce readmissions.
  • Quality and Outcomes: eliminate disparities in mortality rates, mental health, and maternal and child health.
  • Acute Social Needs: support systems, community engagement, structural discrimination.
  • Drivers of Health: economic stability and upward mobility; food security and access to healthy foods; access to affordable housing and commercial districts; affordable transportation; affordable child care, education access, and quality.

Beginning in January 2023, entrepreneurs from across the country are invited to turn their ideas into action and develop innovative community-based solutions to improve health equity in our nation.

Why participate?

Up to ten Finalist applicants will be invited to Pitch on May 1, 2023, to receive the following benefits and developmental support:

  • Acceptance into a 12-week accelerator program with resources needed to rapidly advance the development of the solution product or service, achieve a market fit, and find traction as a scalable enterprise
  • An 18-month residency at the Cabarrus Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship following the accelerator and the support of the Venture Mentor Service program
  • Access to research, subject matter expertise, customer and investor introductions by the sponsor and collaborating organizations
  • A $5,000 Spark Grant in the form of non-dilutive funding
  • The opportunity to negotiate with the Sponsor for investment or another form of strategic partnership
  • An average of $50,000 in investment from the New Ventures investment vehicle
  • Introduction to additional investors for follow-on funding

Interested in applying for the Health Equity Innovation Challenge 2023? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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