We believe solving massive challenges in healthcare is possible when the world’s best startups and industry leaders work together.
MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT) accelerates healthcare innovation by matching top digital health startups with industry-leading strategic partners (“Champions”) to work on demonstration projects that achieve actionable results and by convening the top digital health community in the world to improve health.
In 2020, we accelerated 27 startups and generated 65 partnerships, 87% of which extended beyond the program. Get more insights into the 2020 program and our goals for 2021 in our annual Impact Report [view it HERE].
Our champions are working to solve some of healthcare's most massive challenges. Hear directly from our Champions about their priorities for the 2021 program below or in this blog post.
What are the requirements to apply?
To be eligible, you must be a digital health startup that has less than $10M in funding and less than $10M in revenue. Because our program is centered around the startup-Champion relationship, we recommend that you have a product or service that is ready to validate.
What is the selection process?
The process begins with Online Judging, which is powered by our community of industry experts. These experts are executives from the healthcare industry looking for high-impact digital health startups with the potential for growth and sustainability. If your startup passes this round of judging, you will be asked to participate in Matchmaking.
New this year, Matchmaking will be a virtual judging round where startups provide a 20-minute presentation to the Champions that they have matched with. Matching is based on challenge and Champion alignment. After Matchmaking, Champions extend an offer to startup(s) that they want to work with throughout the program.
What level of commitment does your program require?
We do not take a one-size-fits-all approach. However, we do require that at least one team member engages in our program. Levels of engagement range from core program events such as the Breakfast of Champions and Final Judging to attendance at curriculum events.
Can the program be completed virtually?
You are not required to be based in Boston to apply or participate. All program events in 2021 will have a virtual component, so you are able to complete the program from anywhere in the world!
What are Champions?
"Champions" are our industry partners. They have submitted their strategic initiatives in hopes of matching with a startup that aligns with their challenges. Our Champions range from large provider institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital to health plans like Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to pharmaceutical companies like Vertex, and more.
What happens if our mentor or Champion wants to invest/purchase IP?
MassChallenge HealthTech does not take equity. However, we will not get in the way of you doing business with our Champions or partners. We cannot anticipate what kind of deals you will build during the program.
How is the prize distributed to startups accepted into the program?
Join us for a Prospective Applicant Info Session!
We are hosting information sessions on September 23rd, September 30th, and October 6th.
Register HERE today!
How to Apply
2021 Challenge Areas
Access to Care*
Access to Therapy
Activities of Daily Living
Billing for Telehealth
Chronic Disease Management
Clinical Decision Support
Cost of Care
Loneliness & Social Isolation*
Natural Language Processing
Nursing Home Innovation
Patient or Member Experience
People with Disabilities
Point Solution Integration
Rare Disease Diagnosis
Return to Work
Social Determinants of Health
*top challenge areas
Collaborate With Our 2021 Champions
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Boston Children’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
City of Boston
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Massachusetts Dept. of Developmental Services
Massachusetts e-Health Institute
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
OSF Health Care
WeHealth Digital Medicine
Get Access to Our 2021 Partners
American Medical Association
First Republic Bank