Florida Blue Statewide Heath Care Innovation Pitch Competition
Winners awarded prizes of $10,000 first place, $5,000 2nd Place, and $2,500 for 3rd
Aging in Place
Innovations should be focused on ideas providing necessary products and services to maintain healthy living in the confines of home for aging populations
The annual State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition is a state-wide competition is open to undergraduate, graduate and healthcare students from Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing schools from across the State of Florida. Students compete in head-to-head competition using short, professional presentations before a panel of healthcare professionals for prize monies.
"The term Aging in Place has become synonymous with the idea of providing all of the necessary services required for maintaining health living within the confines of your own home. Logically this should reduce the necessity to ever have to move out of your own home to a care facility or even hospital or clinic. The promise of Aging in Place has been boosted by advances in technology, and in particular, those associated with advanced sensors that allow remote monitoring, as well as communication software leading to telemedicine and health solutions. The World Health Organization project that the number of people aged 65 or older in the world will "grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050" so this is an exploding opportunity worldwide.
We are seeking new ideas that take into account the different contexts in which people live (e.g. their ethnicity, customs, lifestyles, values, attitudes) their socioeconomic status (e.g. wealth/poverty, education level, geographic location (rural vs urban), and where they are in the "clinical cycle": pre-clinical (off the radar), at the "clinical interface", or post-clinical (off the radar).
If you have an idea that promotes Aging in Place in any of the contexts described above (or for all!), that you think is novel and commercially feasible then we want to hear from you."
- Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at any university statewide
- Selected ideas have the opportunity to be mentored during the summer
- Finalists present their innovations to a panel of healthcare experts and executive representatives including Florida Blue in October.
Apply with your Innovation for Aging in Place
Up to 12 Competition Finalists will be notified and awarded $1,000
June - August 31
Mentorship and Development of Innovation by Healthcare Professionals
Pitch Competition to take place in GuideWell Facility in Lake Nona, FL
Winners awarded prizes of $10,000 first place, $5,000 2nd Place, and $2,500 for 3rd place Select Winners eligible for business incubation at GuideWell and potential follow-on funding.
The program is co-sponsored by the USF Center for Entrepreneurship at the Muma College of Business, Florida Blue and the National Academy of Inventors.