Global competition offers innovators chance at start-up money, industry connections

NEW YORK — Starting today, innovators and entrepreneurs with novel solutions to healthcare challenges can enter the HITLAB World CupSM for a chance to win part of $18,000 in prize money and key visibility with thought leaders.

“The HITLAB World Cup is an exciting opportunity to impact healthcare internationally,” said Nishita Rai, PhD, executive director of HITLAB®, organizer of the annual event. “While millions struggle daily to obtain quality care, innovators work tirelessly to create positive change. Their solutions are often ingenious and effective. Our HITLAB World Cup is a powerful platform to launch these ideas, as past participants demonstrate.”

Innovators worldwide are invited to submit original concepts to improve healthcare access and delivery. HITLAB will accept Round One entries through August 31, 2015. Separate, satellite competitions are being planned in Amsterdam and New Delhi.

Experts will select the most promising submissions. Finalists will receive expense-paid trips to present prototypes at the HITLAB Innovators SummitSM December 3-4, New York City.

The Summit–chaired by Columbia University’s Abdul El-Sayed, MD, PhD, and BTG’s Christine R. Coyne, MBA—will also feature talks, panels, and demonstrations.

For details and to enter, visit www.hitlabsummit.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

ABOUT HITLAB

HITLAB is an innovation and teaching lab dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare worldwide. We help leading organizations ideate, create, and evaluate technology-based solutions to pressing healthcare challenges.

Our team of public health professionals, anthropologists, statisticians, clinicians, engineers, economists, strategists, and designers is determined to address healthcare needs across the globe. We work with a wide variety of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to design and disseminate studies, programs, and products that improve healthcare access and delivery. www.hitlab.org

About the HITLAB Innovators Summit and HITLAB World Cup

The HITLAB Innovators Summit brings together leaders in public health, medicine, technology, and design to discuss health issues and solutions in a two-day live event. The Summit offers a series of carefully curated talks, panels, and collaboration opportunities to engage the most creative minds in health and technology.

The HITLAB Innovators Summit culminates in the HITLAB World Cup, an international challenge of unparalleled diversity where innovators present original solutions to pressing global healthcare challenges. www.hitlabsummit.com