HealthTech Forum

Program Overview

Led by the Center for Health Care Innovation, the 2019 HealthTech Forum seeks to lower the barrier to healthcare innovation and help the next group of innovators translate their ideas into solutions reshape the healthcare experience. The event will feature educational programming and insights from YNHH leadership, area investors and healthcare entrepreneurs centered on industry trends and the entrepreneurship journey. The program will include a pitch competition where participants will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance at the challenge prize. Winners will be announced at the end of the event. CMEs are available.





Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 am - 3 pm
Zhang Auditorium, Yale School of Management
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven CT 06520


8 – 8:30 am Registration
8:30 – 9 am YNHHS Leadership Welcome and Opening Remarks
9 – 10 am Innovation at Geisinger Health System
Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Stametz, VP Product Innovation
10 – 10:30 am Design Thinking in Healthcare
Speaker:  Cristina Ripperger, Partner & Global Head of Health, ?WhatIf!
10:30 – 11 am Provider to Entrepreneur: Nomad Health
Speaker: Dr. Maxwell Laurans, Co-Founder, Nomad Health
11 – Noon

Taking the First Step
Moderator: Amy Stevens, Executive Vice President, Provider Solutions, AVIA
Jeremy Friese, CEO, Verata Health
Jen Horonjeff, CEO, Savvy Cooperative
Alexei Mlodinow, CEO, Surgical Innovation Associates
Kate Wolin, Co-Founder, Coeus Health

Noon – 1 pm  Lunch Break
1 – 2 pm Investor Panel
Moderator: Sean Day, Research, Rock Health
Robert Bettigole, Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures
Vesela Bikova-Sam, BD Manager, Cigna Ventures
Tripp Peake, Managing Partner, LRVHealth
Matt Storeygard, Managing Director, Connecticut Innovations
2 – 3 pm  Pitch Competition
Moderator: Donna Lecky, CFO HealthVenture Corporation
3 – 3:30 pm Pitch Awards
3:30 – 5 pm Networking Reception

Pitch Competition

Calling All Innovators!

The Center for Health Care Innovation is looking internally and externally for the best ideas and technologies with the potential of bringing the greatest value to the patients and communities that we serve. Selected proposals and teams will be invited to share their healthcare innovation before a panel of judges on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The winning team will be chosen on the merit of the live pitches and be awarded funding up to $5,000 to advance their project.

Pitch Competition Key Dates

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15:
    Final deadline for proposals
  • Friday, Oct. 25:
    Finalist selection
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5:
    Live pitching at HealthTech Forum



Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by an independent group. Final decisions on applicants who will be moving forward will be made by third party reviewers and will be communicated to applicants in advance of the pitch competition. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Showcasing technologies that provide clinically effective solutions to real healthcare problems that improve patient outcomes
  • Clearly communicated solutions that fulfill user needs and are captured in a detailed and compelling business case/business plan
  • A collaborative team that demonstrates diversity of thought, cohesion, and the capability to execute proposed innovations



This challenge is open to existing startups of all stages. Staff, clinicians, researchers, faculty and student teams of Yale New Haven Health or Yale University are invited to submit proposals. Eligible fields include care delivery solutions, diagnostics, digital health technology, and medical devices (pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceutics or fundamental biology are not eligible).

The intellectual property practices or guidelines of each respective institution will apply to employed awardees. 


Email if you have questions regarding the event or competition.