NYC health tech innovators: two awards programs

NYC health tech enterpreneurs, which have been overlooked by the city’s biotech and e-tailing bubbles–as well as feeling that the West Coast gets all the goodies–are now getting their just deserts (not desserts) in the form of two partnership/rewards programs:

Innovate Health Tech NYC, sponsored by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Health 2.0, accelerator StartUp Health, ChallengePost and Janssen Healthcare Innovation, is providing a total of $50,000 in three awards for innovative technologies that solve urgent healthcare problems. Key dates: application by 2 May, ten finalists to be selected by public voting and judging by 18 June, demo day and winner announcement 10 July. More information at the Innovate Health Tech website. Release.

Pilot HealthTech NYC, also sponsored by NYCEDC, Health 2.0, StartUpHealth and adding Blueprint Health, is more complex. It provides up to $100,000 for each of 10 pilot projects focused on improving healthcare. Companies have to be less than 50 employees and funded under $10 million. However, applicants must be matched with one of 11 ‘hosts’ listed or another prominent NYC healthcare institution. Companies can come from outside of NYC but must establish a local presence. Key dates: joint applications due 27 May, winners announced 26 June. Website

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