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War on COVID Crowd Challenge Finals

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Help Solve the Global Corona Virus Crisis COVID-19 is running rampant and we won't be in public again until this is under control!

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Never Fear, Healthcare Innovators are here! Innovators are retooling, inventing, and launching great ideas that can help alleviate the impact of this pandemic in myriad ways! To help everyone hear about them we our running our 39th MedStartr Crowd Challenge! We invite all teams to compete online to get to this FINALS. Learn more, Apply, or see all the teams competing here.

What is a MedStartr Crowd Challenge?

Since 2013 when newly-formed Medable won our first Crowd Challenge, MedStartr.com has been running online Crowd Challenges where teams compete and get to the finals based on how much crowd validation and support they get for their project from people like you. In the finals, up to ten teams will take the stage to pitch and the audience is asked to vote as well. The prizes can be partnerships, pilots, funding and access to acceleration programs and almost always, the winners go on to greatness in the coming months and years. As always, we livestream the finals and you can watch them live or later on MedStartr.tv.

Judges and Experts: This isn't just a call for startups; we need the input of patients, care providers (doctors, nurses,...), healthcare business leaders, hospital leaders, public health thinkers, investors and more. Your insights are critical to determining which team has the best chance to help. Learn More about being a MedStartr Judge and Mentor and apply to be one here.

Why we are doing this? Who are you people?

This event is brought to you by MedStartr Ventures, our VC fund that invests in and accelerates the best new companies in healthcare. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 it shows how there needs to be more innovations! This is part of MedStartr Momentum World Tour 2020, or just #MedMo2020 for short. The team that created MedStartr.VC grew out of the Health 2.0 NYC community in New York and also created MedStartr.com. To learn more or to get involved please engage us on social media at @MedStartr or @alexbfair everywhere or call 530.MED.STAR anytime.

More about the MedStartr Acceleration Program (MAP):

Winning teams will be evaluated for inclusion in the MedStartr Acceleration Program which initially provides over $350,000 in funding and services including two years of support from the MedStartr Ventures team and Mentor network. MedStartr is no ordinary accelerator though. We select companies from those that are most validated by our massive crowd of healthcare innovation enthusiasts including patients, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, leaders and staff at partners and institutions, designers, developers, investors more. This same crowd also helps drive growth and adoption of the new ideas, providing mentorship, introductions and more. The MAP provides funding, structure and training to capitalize on the opportunities that will come after teams win a crowd Challenge with services and introductions critical to startups in healthcare.

Why Pitch? What is all this about Momentum?

Pitching at a MedMo event helps get all companies the momentum they need to succeed in healthcare. MedStartr was started as a passion project to help as many innovations and entrepreneurs as possible and we remain true to that mission. Healthcare has changed in many ways in the 11 years since we started but there is more to do. Join us and help evolve medicine until we all can live longer, better lives!

Event Agenda

3:00 PM EST - Meet Tweet and Greet - Mingle online with the judges and teams and tweet with #WarOnCOVID

4:00 PM EST - Introduction of the Program, Sponsors and Judges

4:20 PM EST - Five Pitches of 4 minutes each with 4 minutes of Q&A from the crowd and judges

5:20: PM EST - TikTok Dance Break! Yes, Helping fight COVID is serious business, but it is also important to move and have fun and appreciate life... for maybe ten minutes. We will pick a current TikTok dance, spend a few minutes going over the steps, and then try to do it all together on zoom. So Fun!

5:45 PM EST - Five More Pitches!

6:45 PM EST - Discussion Panel Led by Eugene Borukhovich and Aline Noizet

7:15 PM EST - Winners Announced, Wrap Up and Social Networking time!


A large crowd of amazing judges will be on hand for this event. Unlike a typical event where you are limited by the size of the stage, here we can have as many as we want. Click here to see the Current list and their profiles on MedStartr.

Startups Pitching

The teams with the most Support from the WarOnCOVID Challenge Showcase here will make the stage.

Want to Sponsor or Connect to the Community on a Deeper level?

Want to Sponsor or Connect to the Community on a Deeper level? Here are some options:


$1,000- have your logo on the screen, and be on all newsletters and promotion about the event, one minute to advertise your product


$2,500- Have your logo on screen, three minute to advertise come on and talk about your product. Also be included on newsletters and promotions


$5,000 - get on every MedMo #WarOnCOVID page and publication for three months and get introduced to all vetted teams, be included in all promotions and newsletters as a leading sponsor!


$20,000 and a Grant, Pilot or Partnership with winning team(s) - Get access to MedStartr's full report on team performance in the challenge based on over 125 different metrics. Call for more details.

Call is at 530.MED.STAR (530.633.7827) anytime or email us here.

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