On May 7, 2015, MaRS HealthKick 2015, Canada’s largest showcase of early-stage health startups, will welcome more than 300 leading Canadian and global venture capitalists, active investors, entrepreneurs, c-suite executives and prominent industry leaders to MaRS Discovery District in Toronto for a “Dragons’ Den-style” pitch competition.

HealthKick 2015 features 39 of Canada’s top early-stage healthcare ventures covering all sectors of the health industry — including medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and health information technology. The carefully curated and professionally-coached companies will pitch their technologies to a panel of judges during the business pitch competition and compete for one of three $20,000 cash prizes.

This invite-only event is a must-attend for anyone interested in investing in or learning about high-impact Canadian healthcare companies.

Through the theme of Patient Empowerment, HealthKick 2015 will also explore how innovative health technologies are empowering patients to become the “CEO of their own health.” Speakers will address and explore this growing trend in healthcare innovation from hospitals and doctor diagnoses to patient self-awareness, self-diagnosis and self-advocacy.