Watch the video above to learn more about HIC.
The Health Innovation Challenge is an exciting extracurricular competition that gives students the opportunity to come up with meaningful solutions to big problems the world faces today related to health.
- What does it takes to bring a new idea to the world? You will find out.
- Prototype funding is available for demonstration models.
- Top-level professionals from the community will mentor you.
- Work with an interdisciplinary team.
- Prepare yourself for a career in the fast-changing world of healthcare and technology.
- Win prizes up to $15,000 or more!
Join the conversation & keep in the loop on dates and deadlines:
Questions? Contact Terri Butler at TLButler@uw.edu
2016-17 Dates and Deadlines
Health Innovation Practicum | Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, Fall Quarter
Gain knowledge of current healthcare systems local to global, and hear from successful innovators.
Innovative? Find Your People | All at the HUB Room 145, 5:30-7:00pm. Wed Oct 19, Wed Nov 2, Wed Nov 9, Thu Dec 1. Meet students from diverse majors and form interdisciplinary teams to prepare for the HIC.
Panel of Past Participants | Wed Nov 9, 5:30-7:30pm, HUB 145
Hear from participants from past Challenges and see how far they’ve come.
Prototype Funding Application | Applications open Nov 14, DEADLINE Mon, Dec 12, 5pm.
Funds are available for demonstration models or simulations that will help you showcase your idea.
Health Innovation Challenge Panels | All events at the HUB Room 214, 5:30-7:30pm. Wed Jan 11, Wed Jan 18, Tue Jan 24, Wed Feb 1. Essentials for teams, experts will cover the elevator pitch, market framework, customer development and finance.
Business Plan Practicum | Thursdays, 6:00-7:50pm, Winter Quarter, Paccar Shansby Auditorium
Speakers and resources that will help you understand how to build a business plan. Great preparation for the HIC! You can sit in without being registered for the class.
Science and Technology Showcase &Final Networking Night | Dempsey Hall, Anthony’s Forum, Thu Jan 19, STS 5:00-7:00pm, networking 7:00-8:30pm
Are you working on a technology that has potential for commercialization? Participate in the showcase and/or join us for networking to find teammates.
Workshop | Thu Jan 26, 4:30-5:30pm
“Take Your Innovation to the Next Step,” How to get past the screening round. Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Director, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.
Mentor Connect Office Hours | January- February
Meet 1-on-1 with industry experts from technology, legal, marketing, and financial disciplines.
Team Registration | Jan 23 – Feb 6
Teams officially enter the HIC.
OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE Screening Round | Mon Feb 6, 5pm
Submit a 5-7 page business summary for official entry into the HIC. Judges notify teams Yes/No by Feb 15.
Pitch Workshop for Top Teams | Wed Feb 22 5:30-8:00pm, HUB 214
Attendance is mandatory for all teams in the Seattle area going to the finals on Mar 1.
1-Page Business Summary Due | Thu Feb 23, 5pm
Summaries sent to every judge before the day of the Challenge so they can decide which demos to visit.
HEALTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE | Wed, Mar 1, 1:00-6:00pm, HUB Lyceum, University of Washington
Teams set up demos/simulations in the morning and pitch to a room full of judges early afternoon. Reception follows.
The common thread is INNOVATION, the Health Innovation Challenge builds on the strengths of colleges and universities in the Pacific to provide a platform for interdisciplinary student teams to work on new solutions to existing problems, new approaches to helping people live healthier lives, new opportunities for care and treatment, new products/services to market. Challenges spark creativity, design thinking, novel solutions, and the potential for new companies. This challenge, much like the Buerk Center’s well-regarded Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, is designed for those students who are passionate about health innovation and are determined to make a difference.
Innovations in health and healthcare that promote, impact, and monitor health are creating a paradigm shift in our approach to healthy living. In the United States, healthcare has entered a period of unprecedented change with the Affordable Care Act and the “triple aim,” the emphasis on care that is safer, more efficient, and more accessible. Worldwide, the goal is clear: a healthier future that revolves around reducing infectious and noncommunicable disease, increasing the safety of care, lowering the cost of health care delivery, expanding access, and introducing technologies that bring greater health and wellness to the populous.
Any student from a Pacific Northwest college or university who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program can participate in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC). Teams must be student led. Cross-disciplinary teams are highly encouraged. The most successful teams have members with various skill sets from various departments, including built environments, law, engineering, business, policy, etc. Non-students can be members of a team, generally as advisers, but they can’t present at the HIC, nor can they receive prize money.
- Register your team (opens Jan 23, 2017)
- 5-7 page Business Summary (due Feb 6, 2017)
Top Teams chosen to come to the final event
- 1-page business summary (due Feb 23, 2017)
- Pitch (at the HIC, March 1, 2017)
- Demo or prototype (at the HIC, March 1, 2017)
We strongly encourage any team with concerns regarding intellectual property such as patent or copyright potential to either contact their University’s intellectual property office (for University-developed discoveries) or competent legal counsel (for non-University related discoveries) before submitting their proposal into the competition.
The University of Washington, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the Foster School of Business, and the organizers of the competition are not responsible for any proprietary information and/or intellectual property included in a submitted business summary.
Ultimately, protection of sensitive materials is the sole responsibility of the individual or team participating in the competition.
- Teams entering must have at least one full-time or part-time student on the team who is enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited college or university in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. If you graduated the summer quarter prior to the year of the competition or later, you are considered a current student in the competition.
- The competition entry must be developed during the student’s tenure at the college or university. Students working with outside entrepreneurs must create their own original business plan and have responsibility for their own portion of the business.
- All submissions to the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge must live up to the higher ideals of the University of Washington. The team’s idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event. The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is its judgment violates the letter or the spirit of the competition or exceeds the bounds of social convention.
- If the team or company entering the competition is revenue positive, actual annual revenue cannot exceed $500k. (Please note this is different than the company’s projected revenue. This rule does not apply to projected revenue.)
- Eligible students can form a team with non-students, but for the sake of this competition, non-students will be considered as advisors.
- Students must have an ownership stake in the business or the potential for equity or employment.
- Only student team members are eligible to earn prize money. No payments will be made to non-students.
Note: The Director of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to make the final determination of the eligibility of submitted business ventures.
Screening Round Requirements
- 5-7 Page Business Summary
- Due Date February 6, notification of advancement February 15
The first hurdle on your path toward the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge finals is to submit a winning business summary so your team is selected to be one of the Top Teams who are invited to participate in the final Challenge.
What should be included in the 5-7 page business summary?
- Definition of the Problem
- Who cares about this problem? What will be different if you solve this problem? What is the size of the problem?
- Who are the individuals on the team? Do they have the skills to solve the problem? Have they engaged advisors, mentors, and experts from the community or industry?
- Questions you should address (use your own format and style)
- Have you defined the problem?
- Have you clearly described the proposed solution?
- If there is a demo, what is it? (prototype, simulation, proof of concept, poster, video)?
- Is the solution original or is it a novel application of an existing product or service?
- Has the team researched and described the market opportunity and the competitors?
- Has the team interviewed potential customers? How many? What did they say?
- What is the scope of the opportunity (dollars, units produced, global impact)?
- Does the solution fit the problem? Does it demonstrate an appropriate balance between the cost of the solution and its impact on the problem?
- What is an estimate of the cost to produce?
- What is the estimated timeline for development leading to launch of the product/service?
Final Round Requirements
Top Teams that are invited to the final event held on March 1 must prepare:
- 1-page business summary due Feb 23
- 1-minute pitch, mandatory pitch clinic February 22
- Demonstration or prototype
If your team makes it past the screening round you will be invited to participate in the live half-day competition final event. There the Top Teams have tables set up trade-show style with their prototypes on display. A member of each team gives a 1-minute pitch to the audience of 150+ professionals who will be judging and the judges then circulate and learn more from teams before picking their top choices for the prizes.
The Top HIC Teams that present on the day of the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge finals will be judged on their 1-page business summary, their pitch, their demo or prototype, and the potential for impact.
What should be included in the 1-page business summary?
- The criteria and contents for the 1-page business summary are the same as those for the 5-7 page summary (above), just shorter and more concise.
What matters for the 1-minute pitch?
- How motivated, enthusiastic is the team?
- Does the pitch convey the essential elements of the problem, the solution, and the market opportunity?
- Does the team understand the problem/solution (from both technical and marketing perspectives)?
- Has the pitch generated enthusiasm to see the demo?
What should the demonstration or prototype table setup include?
- Does the Demo work? If it is not yet complete, could it work?
- Has the team provided test results and validation?
- Can the team describe the process and how it works?
- Can they describe how it could be improved?
- Is this solution efficient? Does it make optimal use of resources?
- How practical is this solution?
- What would it cost to make?
- Is this original work? Is it a novel application of an existing product? Is it off-the-shelf?
What questions should be answered for the potential for impact?
- Could this team and this solution have a substantial impact in the market? In healthcare? In people’s lives?
- Team Formation Nights
- Team Formation Web Portal
- Health Innovation Practicum
- Capstone Course in Your Major
As long as you have one student on the team who is enrolled in a college or university in the Pacific Northwest, your team can enter the Health Innovation Challenge.
Questions? Email Terri Butler at TLButler@uw.edu
- Team Formation Night
Informal meetups are held on the UW Seattle campus where students can come out and find others who have an interest in working on solving problems together. Below are the dates for the events during 2016-17. Additional opportunities to meet others are listed on the “Dates and Deadlines” document.Innovative? Find Your People Meetups
Have an idea? Great. Now you just need to design it, model it, engineer it, create a plan, find funding, and do the marketing. Phew. We know people who can help you. Meet other students who want to join your team. Many groups go on to enter the Health Innovation Challenge, Environmental Innovation Challenge and/or the Business Plan Competition. No registration necessary. Food and drink provided. Questions? Email Terri Butler, TLButler@uw.edu.
Wed, Oct 19, 5:30-7:00pm, HUB 145
Wed, Nov 2, 5:30-7:00pm, HUB 145
Wed, Nov 9, 5:30-7:30pm, HUB 145
Thu, Dec 1, 5:30-7:30pm, HUB 145
- Team Formation Web Portal
Find teammates through the Team Formation Web Portal. Students log in with their UW net ID (non-UW students email us for a login ID). In this web portal you will find some students who have an idea and need more team members to help out and you will also find students with specific skills who are interested in innovation and want to join a team. Think of it as a match-making site for innovators!
- Health Innovation Practicum
The fall quarter hands-on Health Innovation Practicum course is another way students can dive in and learn about health challenges while working on team-based projects. Many of the class teams decide to continue on into the extracurricular Health Innovation Challenge where they will connect with mentors and further develop their concepts.
- Capstone Course Teams
You may be in an engineering, science, or other major that requires a capstone project as a degree requirement. Why not build on that capstone by bringing it in to the Health Innovation Challenge where the visibility of your accomplishments can be increased and mentors you connect with can help you take it to the next level?
The goal of this seminar is to help students innovate and create solutions to the toughest health challenges we face –on a domestic or global scale. Students will form cross-disciplinary teams around project concepts chosen by the class and present the team’s solutions to classmates and a panel of expert judges who will score the presentations. Although not required, teams are invited and encouraged to go beyond the class to compete in the 2017 Health Innovation Challenge. Learn more on the Health Innovation Practicum page.
Prototype Funding for teams entering the Health Innovation Challenge
Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to teams that are entering the Health Innovation Challenge this year to help with creating a physical model, object, or device.
Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to:
- Purchase materials
- Rent equipment
- Hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity
Teams must commit to entering the Health Innovation Challenge if they submit an application for prototype funding.
Awards are generally between $500-$3000, although other requests will be considered.
Funds can NOT be used for:
- Business cards
- Digital devices
- Legal or professional fees
Information you will need to complete the application:
- Current student team member’s information. (We understand this may change.)
- Description of the problem you are attempting to solve.
- Description of the solution you are proposing.
- Description of the prototype you will build to demonstrate your solution.
- A budget estimate (itemized list) to build your prototype. Changes are expected but any major changes must be approved by Terri Butler, TLButler@uw.edu.
Application window opens November 14, 2016
Application deadline is December 12, 2016, 5pm
Teams will be notified of the amount of funding they will receive by December 21, 2016.
Questions? Contact Terri Butler, TLButler@uw.edu.
Resources to Help You
Resources to help you with your business plan include our HIC panels of experts , office hours with experts available for 1-on-1 meetings, and Resource Nights on Thursdays.
Dates TBD January-February, 2017
Take your innovation challenge team to the next level by signing up for half-hour, one-on-one appointments with experts in our Office Hours series. Expertise includes legal, regulatory, marketing, financial, business summary critique, etc. Available to teams entering the HIC, EIC, and/or BPC competitions.
Medical device teams, this is a must!
Book your appointment online through MentorConnect.
NOTE: MentorConnect requires a UW login. If you are a student at another college or university, please contact Amy Sallin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students only!
Health Innovation Panels
Dates TBD in January and February 2017
Resource Nights Thursdays
Attending Resource Nights provide a great way to quickly pick up on business knowledge to help with your business summary. This can be taken as a class for UW students or is open to students and the public who just want to sit it. Can’t make it in person? Classes will be streamed live and the links posted afterward. More information and the Resources night schedule.
SEBA’s Science and Technology Showcase and Last Chance Team Formation Night
January 2017, date TBD
If you’re a student putting together a team for one of the competitions or a student who would like to join a team, take this opportunity to meet the participants and winners of SEBA’s Science and Technology Showcase (taking place just before the networking gets going) for a chance to meet potential teammates.
Sponsors and Prizes
$10,000 Grand Prize sponsored by the Hollomon Family
$5,000 Second Place Prize sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation
$2,500 Third Place Prize sponsored by CoMotion
Thank you to our 2016 Health Innovation Challenge sponsors for their generosity anddedication to helping students achieve their potential.
Friends of the Health Innovation Challenge:
Questions? Contact Terri Butler via email: email@example.com or phone: 206-685-5538.