The MaRS HealthKick 2014 event will give up to 60 innovative, high-potential healthcare startups the chance to compete in a business pitch competition to win cash prizes upwards of $20,000. Positioned as Canada’s largest healthcare venture showcase, investment-ready, life science and healthcare startup companies from across Ontario will be invited to compete and attend the day’s events with the opportunity to pitch to a 300-person audience, including Canadian and US VCs, investors, C-suite leaders and industry partners. They will also have a chance to network with representatives from industry, the investment community and fellow entrepreneurs. Included in the daylong event will be a keynote speaker and panel presentation, both focusing on personalized medicine. MaRS HealthKick aims to foster more deals in one place making the potential for investment deals, partnerships, and connections the real reward!
At the HK2014 event, the presenting companies will be evaluated and graded by a panel of judges using the same criteria for the selection process. The event is organized into three tracks—Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals; Medical Devices & Diagnostics; and Healthcare IT. There will be three winners – one in each of the three tracks who will be eligible to receive $20,000 in prize money.
Startups must fulfill certain entry criteria that will determine if their venture is selected to present at the showcase. Even if the venture is not selected to give a formal presentation they may still have an opportunity to showcase their venture by setting up a small booth, and of course to network at the showcase itself. A limited number of spaces for company booths will be made available [on a first-come, first serve, basis].