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Apply to MassChallenge HealthTech and Solve Massive Challenges in Health


There are so many reasons to join the MassChallenge HealthTech community. We spoke with our entrepreneurs and selected the top 5 reasons why they love our program.

1. Extensive match-making process between startups and Champions 

Our previous cohorts agree, their strategic partnership between Champions and startups is the greatest value add. Our program centers around an extensive matchmaking process that connects startups with the strategic initiatives of your company and our Champions.

Throughout the partnership, you’ll have the opportunity to set goals and work towards solving various health challenges. To date, we arranged over 100+ startup-champion partnerships, and we look forward to building more connections in the future.

What are the challenges our Champions are interested in solving with you this year?

Check out the Reverse Pitches from several of our Champion partners and our complete list of 2019 challenges:

Access to care

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 

Artificial intelligence/machine learning 

Behavioral health

Biosensors/remote sending/wearables

Bipolar disorder

Cardiovascular disease

Care coordination

Care delivery

Care team support

Caregiver support 

Chronic disease management 

Clinical decision support 

Clinical education 

Clinical program participation 

Cloud services 

Cold chain manufacturing 

Complex care management for multiple conditions 

Congestive heart failure 

Consumer health 



End of life planning 

Family care 

Gaps in care 

Health and fitness 

Healthy aging 

Home care 

Hospital care 

Hypertension management 

Integrative medicine 

Life transition management 

Long term care 

Medical cost management 

Mental health 

Mobile health 

Non-invasive treatments 


Opioid epidemic 



Pain management 

Parkinson’s Disease 

Patient documentation support 

Patient education 

Patient engagement 

Patient experience  

Patient flow 

Patient portal integration 

Patient reported outcomes 

Patient retention 

Payor-provider integration 

Pediatric rare diseases 


Physician credentialing 

Population health management 


Post-acute care 

Precision medicine 

Predictive/data analytics 


Preventative medicine 

Primary care 


Rare disease patient recruitment 

Reducing hospitalizations and emergency department visits 

Reducing readmissions  

Reducing administrative burden 

Remote patient monitoring 

Respiratory conditions 

Risk analysis 



Social determinants of health 

Social support 

Specialist care 

Staff support 

Supply chain management 



Treatment compliance 


Virtual reality/augmented reality 

Women’s health 

Workflow optimization 

Workplace health 

2. Ability to work in free office space

If selected to join the 2019 cohort, we offer free office space for 6 months in the Boston Seaport area. In this space, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with our community of experts and valuable partners throughout the program. We only require one team representative engage in our program and work out of our space for three non-consecutive days of the month.

Our goal is to help your business grow, not weigh you down with unnecessary curriculum or requirements. We are here to help you hit your goals and milestones with your Champions!

3. Access to industry experts and programs

MassChallenge HealthTech provides you with access to our mentors and activities that extend beyond Boston. You will gain access and insights from various experts during our core program, helping you optimize your business development strategy, achieve success with your partnership goals, and address massive challenges.

We will also curate experiences for you to meet potential partners, investors, talent, and more. For example, our cohort experienced Startup Day led by the US Department of Health and Human Services, where they learned the ins and outs of working with the government and discussed ways to tackle various health challenges.

4. Access to a strong digital healthcare community

MassChallenge HealthTech is a digital health lab located in the second largest US startup funding hub. With access to the nation’s top hospitals, universities, companies, and growing digital health presence, Boston is a city with access to a community that works towards driving innovation to solve different health challenges. You will be hard pressed to access a more collaborative, mission-driven, and talented community.

5. Over $250K in rewards with no equity taken

MassChallenge HealthTech gives away over $250K in no-equity cash through our scholarships and prize money. At the beginning of the program, up to $50K will be distributed across teams on needs-based scholarships to support travel opportunities.

At the end of the program, $200K will be distributed to the program winners, which is determined by our expert panel of Final Judges. We also award $10K in cash prizes for the winners of “People’s Choice”, “Women in Digital Health”, and “Startup’s Choice” are also funded through donations and sponsorships.

Apply today and transform health!

To be eligible, you must be a healthtech startup that has less than $10M in revenue and less than $10M in funding. For us at MassChallenge HealthTech, solving health challenges requires collaboration and connectivity.

We can’t wait to match you with our amazing Champions and help you solve massive challenges!


Apply by October 12th, 2018 12pm ET to join the HealthTech community and take your digital health startup to the next level! 

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