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About the HealthKick Challenge

What is the HealthKick Challenge?

On Wednesday, April 5 – day two of RESI on MaRS 2017 – the 3rd annual, invite-only HealthKick Challenge will be held at MaRS Discovery District. The event provides a chance for Canada’s top early-stage and emerging growth ventures in medical devices, pharma & biotech and digital health to pitch to global investors for the chance to win one of three CAD $20,000 cash prizes. Could you be one of those ventures?

How to Enter

The MaRS HealthKick Challenge is open to ventures from across Canada.

In order to apply, your company must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Pharmaceuticals & biotech
  • Medical devices & diagnostics
  • Digital health

Read the MaRS HealthKick Entry Criteria and the MaRS HealthKick Rules & Regulations to check the eligibility requirements for this competition.

Apply to Pitch at the HealthKick Challenge

All interested ventures will also get the opportunity to participate in three pre-event pitch workshops to help them prepare.

RESI on MaRS: Fundraising Boot Camp

Date: Thursday, January 26, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Venue: MaRS Discovery District

Register for the Fundraising Boot Camp

The Prize

At MaRS HealthKick, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your venture to international investors, potential partners and/or customers. There are three cash prizes up for grabs, meaning there will be a winner from each category. A total of CAD $60,000 will be split between the three winners, so each will receive CAD $20,000. A hand-picked panel of judges will award these prizes to the top venture per category.

Deadlines & Competition

To be considered for the HealthKick Challenge, you must submit your application before 12:00 a.m. (EST) on February 15, 2017. All finalists will be announced on March 1, 2017. They will then be invited to attend the event.

The MaRS HealthKick Challenge will take place on Wednesday, April 5 at MaRS Discovery District. Finalists in digital health, pharma & biotech and medical devices will deliver a 10-minute presentation in front of international investors, c-suite leaders, and industry partners, followed by up to five minutes of questions from a panel of judges.

Want to Attend?

The HealthKick Challenge is an invite-only event open to qualified investors, partners and sponsors. To be placed on the shortlist, please contact: healthkick@marsdd.com.

Previous Winners

2014 Winners

PlantForm Corporation (Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals)

Profound Medical (Medical Devices & Diagnostics)

Newtopia (Health IT)

2015 Winners

EMERpharma (Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals)

Mindful Scientific (Medical Devices & Diagnostics)

QoC Health (Health IT)