Every year during our annual INVEST conference in Chicago, out Pitch Perfect contest pits some of the most promising and exciting startups around the country in a competition to see who comes out on top.
Next year’s event – which is taking place on April 23-24 at The Ritz Carlton, Chicago – is being hosted by MedCity News and our partner, the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network.
More than 40 companies took part in our 2018 Pitch Perfect event. We’re hoping to make next year’s event even more of a success with participants across a variety of healthcare fields like Health IT, biopharma, diagnostics and medical devices. Take a look at our selection of 2018 winners here.
The deadline to apply for the 2019 competition is Jan. 15. Find a link to the application form here.
In order to participate companies must fulfill at least one of these requirements:
- Raised at least $1 million
- Raised a Series A round
- Have at least one qualified institutional investor or strategic investor that you can identify
Prospective contestants should also be looking for new funding in the next 12 months.
When filling out the 2-page executive summary portion of the application, please clearly detail what you see as the unmet need in the marketplace, your company’s value proposition, how your product works and its underlying technology and your go-to-market strategy. Please also include pilot results or other relevant information you feel sets your startup apart from other applicants.
As a guide, investors will be screening applications based on the following criteria:
- Business Idea
- Market Opportunity
- Revenue Model
- Founder’s Experience
Our slate of esteemed judges are still being finalized, but confirmed participants include: Matt McAviney, principal at NEA, Wouter Meuleman, director of venture investments at Illumina Ventures, Adam Koopersmith, partner at Pritzker Group, Nicole Walker, partner at Baird Capital, John Mattison, chief medical information officer and assistant medical director for Kaiser Permanente and Jessica Zeaske, director of healthcare investments at GE Ventures.
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