We’re changing up our startup showcase at MedCity’s annual investing conference INVEST in Chicago, May 17-18 at the Four Seasons hotel, which we host in partnership with Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network.
This year, we are inviting startups who have at least had one seed round of investment, to apply to be part of Pitch Perfect, a contest where selected startups will pitch to three judges in front of the INVEST audience. Entrepreneur pitches will be followed by a rapid Q&A session with the judges who will score the presentation and select winners in each category.
This year, the contest had more than 40 startups presenting. but didn’t have the Q&A with judges. These were the 2016 winners.
Getting instant feedback is highly valuable for startups who have to hone their presentation skills, and summarize their businesses as they prepare to pitch to investors. So if your company meets the following criteria, and you are interested in seeing how you stack up next to the most innovative healthcare startups nationally, you should apply now.
- Products and innovations must come from the following 5 categories:
– medical devices
– digital health and health IT
– health services
- Companies must have completed at least one round of seed financing prior to the conference.
- Companies should currently be seeking or intend to seek additional rounds of capital within six to 12 months of the conference.
When completing the 2-page executive summary and the 500-character company description in the application form, please describe clearly what the unmet need in the marketplace is, what your value proposition is and how your product works in terms of the science behind it. For instance, for biopharma startups, the science could be the mechanism of action. If you have results of a pilot or other relevant information, please include.
This will help investors screen your application based on the following criteria:
- Business Idea
- Market Opportunity
- Revenue Model
- Founder’s Experience
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
To learn more about the conference, which in past years has brought together marquee investors and entrepreneurs, please visit the INVEST website, where you may enter the Pitch Perfect Contest.
You can also apply by going directly here.
See you in Chicago, May 17-18 at the Four Seasons.
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