Florida Blue Statewide Heath Care Innovation Pitch Competition
2018 Theme: Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression is a growing health problem many people face in today's rapidly changing and fast-moving world. Neither of these illnesses discriminates. All age groups, ethnicities, genders and professions are susceptible to debilitating bouts of anxiety and depression on an intermittent or chronic basis at some point in their lives. The American Psychological Association estimates there are 40 million American adults (18 and older) who have some type of anxiety disorder. Similarly, researchers believe there are more than 14 million Americans who suffer from depressive disorders. It is evident this is a growing and highly prevalent health issue in our society today.
We are actively seeking innovative solutions that support the treatment of anxiety and depression through improving access to therapies, reducing the stigma of treatment, increasing engagement treatments, personalizing treatment access and options, improving convenience of treatments or encouraging ongoing mental health wellness.
There is a broad range of application areas on which solutions can be focused. Below are some examples that may help articulate and frame ideas.
Target Age Groups
Adolescents, college students, adults or the elderly
Target Clinical Groups
Including but not limited to: military service men and women, their families and significant others; educational applicants; current students; grief management; workers stress; family stress; people managing chronic and terminal diseases; those dealing with end-of-life issues; cultural displacement; peer-pressure (bullying); pet grief; social media impact and others.
Possible Interventions and Support Mechanisms
Including but not limited to: personal or group mobile applications; support networks (peer-to-peer, cross generational); electronic platforms; gamification, virtual and augmented reality; physical activities programs; sensory assistance (including use of sensory stimulation); relaxation programs; stress-relieving mechanical or electronic devices; personal electronic physiological monitoring devices and others.
Innovative approaches, products or business models can play an important role in how this problem is addressed/solved. Lives will likely be significantly impacted by the innovative solutions developed to support treatment of anxiety and depression. So, good luck!
- Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at any university or college in Florida
- Is for solutions that have not been incorporated or have been incorporated for no longer than 12 months or have investment or annual revenues in excess of $100,000.
- Offers the opportunity for selected ideas to be mentored and further developed during the summer and early fall
- Concludes with a pitch contest in October when finalists present their solutions to a panel of health care experts, successful entrepreneurs and business executives
Final day to apply with innovation plans to support treatment of those with anxiety and depression issues
Up to 12 competition finalists will be notified and awarded $1,000 to further develop their innovation
July - September 30
Mentorship and development of innovations are offered by health care and business professionals.
The pitch competition takes place in at the GuideWell Innovation CoRE in Orlando's Lake Nona Medical City.
Winners of the pitch competition will be awarded prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place.
The program is available thanks to contributions from USF Center for Entrepreneurship at the Muma College of Business, Florida Blue and the GuideWell Innovation CoRE.