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  • Date: Aug 27, 2021
  • Time: 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
  • Timezone: America/New York


    About the Event

    The Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge is an online pitch competition where selected winners will have an opportunity to collaborate with the VHA Innovation Ecosystem to advance your solution to the next stage of development. This challenge is an effort to foster collaboration between the public and private sectors to further advance healthcare resources provided to U.S. Veterans. 

    How to Apply to Pitch?:
    To pre-submit your pitch and review the eligibility requirements, visit https://forms.gle/wKppxKgfDKeRiKK98.

    Who Can Pitch?
    • The pitch competition is exclusively for U.S. based companies that are healthcare innovation-focused, including private sector companies, non-profits, entrepreneurs and start-ups, or academic affiliates at the earliest stages of solution design and development. 
    • If you meet this criteria and are selected, you will be invited to pitch to VHA’s network and leadership staff throughout the United States. 
    • Twenty Founders and Organizations in total will be invited to pitch. 
    Pitch Application Deadline & Important Dates:
    • This event takes place on two days: August 26th and August 27th.
    • The deadline to submit your pitch is on July 30th, 2021
    • The challenge pitches will take place on Day 1 of this event on August 26th. 
    • Please be sure to register to attend Day 1 at: https://fi.co/startupwebinar/7298.
    • The winners will be announced at this event (Day 2) on August 27th. Please register above to attend Day 2.
    • The winners will also be invited to demo their progress at the VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) Conference in October 2021.
    Day 2 Event Agenda:
    Who Should Attend?
    • Anyone who is launching or thinking about launching a local startup
    • Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching
    • Even if you don't want to pitch, you are invited to hear innovative startup ideas and watch how experts analyze businesses.

    Additional Partner Information:
    Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Innovation Ecosystem (IE) in partnership with the Founder Institute and Innovators Network (iNET) are pleased to announce the launch of the Breaking Boundaries Challenge. The Challenge is part of an ongoing series of events leading up to VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) on October 27 and 28, 2021. Other pre-events prior to iEX will include panels on September 15, 2021 “Forging a Healthier Future: Post-Pandemic Care” and on October 13, 2021 “Breaking Boundaries: Using Innovation to Advance Health Equity.

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