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Pitch Competition: Health Futures

Propose an innovative idea for a health-related problem – compete to win financial support and mentorship to develop your idea.

The Objective

Pitch a creative solution that addresses a health-related problem.

The Task

  • Identify an Innovative Idea to address a specific problem in one of the two areas of focus:
    • Integrating Ai in healthcare delivery
    • Solutions for mental health on college campuses
  • Identify Market Segment(s) that would benefit from this solution
  • Assess Feasibility and Scale for your proposed idea
  • Develop a Compelling Pitch that effectively communicates your idea

PRIZES

$500

Expense Budget

Each team may access an expense budget of upto $500 for expenses appropriate for developing the pitch

$2.5k

Cash prizes

The winning team will receive a cash prize of $1500. The runner-up team will receive a cash prize of $1000. It is expected that the teams will use this to develop and pursue the idea.

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Mentorship Months

Both winning teams will receive six months of guidance and mentorship from faculty and alumni to develop their idea beyond the pitch

Competition Details

Competition Announced: Date TBA

Registration Deadline: Date TBA

Pitch Submission Due: Date TBA

Pitch Presentation: Date TBA

Build your Team

  • Build your team:
    • A good team is multi-disciplinary 
    • Start with expertise in health, management, marketing and tech
    • Any student, faculty, staff, alumni, Waltham community, and others can join
    • The Team Lead must be a Bentley student, undergraduate or graduate
    • Reach out to faculty, friends, colleagues or use this to find team members 
  • Brainstorm ideas: 
    • Work with your multi-disciplinary team to generate ideas 
    • Consider brainstorming tools to capture and develop ideas 
    • Resist the temptation to fix on the first idea that is floated
    • Talk to potential customers to vet ideas and add more details
  • Develop Your Pitch: 
    • Identify market segment: consider this resource (link to be added)
    • Describe your idea: consider this resource (link to be added)
    • Calculate the potential for scaling: consider this resource (link to be added)
    • Develop your pitch deck: consider this resource (link to be added)

Building your Pitch Deck

  • What should the Pitch Deck contain?
    • The pitch deck should describe your idea, potential, and feasibility 
  • How long should be the Pitch Deck?
    • Recommended length: 10 slides; maximum 15 slides 
  • How long should be the Pitch Presentation?
    • Recommended length: 10 to 15 minutes (max)
  • Will the Pitch Presentations be in person? 
    • Yes! See the Timeline tab. You will present to a panel of judges.
  • Do I have to do this as a team or can I do this solo? 
    • You may do this solo, but a team is strongly encouraged.
  • Does it need to be sophisticated technology component?
    • No. However, it should address an important problem and propose a novel solution. 
  • Who owns the IP (intellectual property) generated through this competition? 
    • The ideas you generate are yours. However, as many successful entrepreneurs will tell you, it is hard to “own” ideas without implementation.
  • Who can't be part of a team? 
    • Faculty or staff who are part of the organizing group for the Pitch Competition (e.g., judges, E-hub members) cannot participate as a team member. 
  • How do I use the $500 Expense Budget? 
    • Each team can claim reimbursement of expenses incurred (upto $500) for idea development, market research or other relevant tasks.
  • Can I claim reimbursement of expenses as above if our team does not win?
    • Yes! 
  • If I do not win the competition, can I still continue to develop the idea independently?
    • Yes!

Meet the Judges

Two alumni from the health industry

Two Bentley faculty 

One Bentley staff

More information & queries

Contact: Dr. Sandeep Purao, Director, E-hub

Email: e-hub@bentley.edu