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Health Challenge

Leveraging medtech to solve health care priorities

The needs of the health care system are changing rapidly, and so too are the technologies that exist to improve the accuracy and level of care medical practitioners require to make concise, life-saving diagnoses and treatments for patients in Atlantic Canada.

To further drive innovation in the medtech space, Volta, Nova Scotia Health Authority, BioNova, QEII Foundation, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, have formed a strategic partnership to present the Health Challenge, a series of five pitch events focusing on specific health care priorities. Medtech companies participating in the competition will present their technologies that aim to solve various priorities pre-determined by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

The winner of the pitch event will receive $100,000, and their innovative technology will be considered for adoption by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

The second Health Challenge Pitch Event will be taking place virtually on Friday, September 11. The new topic will be announced in the coming days. 


The five pitch events will focus on various health priorities

Submit an application to pitch at the event

Submit an application to pitch your innovative, medical technology at the Health Challenge before August 28 at 11:59pm (AST). Select participants will be notified September 2.

Select participants will be invited to the event

Select companies with products/services already approved to sell in Canada will be invited to pitch for 10 minutes to a panel of expert judges. Judges will have five minutes to ask questions.

Winners receive $100,000 + adoption consideration

The winner will receive $100,000 and the Nova Scotia Health Authority will consider adopting the winning technology. Check this webpage regularly for the next pitch priority. 

Stay tuned for the next pitch topic

The Health Challenge Pitch Events will focus on five different health priorities as identified by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Check back often for our next topic.


  • Medtech companies interested in applying must be based in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador
  • The medical technology must be relevant to the health priority identified by the Nova Scotia Health Authority as the topic of the upcoming pitch event
  • Companies applying to pitch must also already be approved to sell their product or service in Canada 

Application Guidelines: 

Applications to the Health Challenge Pitch Events must be submitted via email, quoting ‘Health Challenge Application: Cancer Care’ in the subject line.

In your email, you must include the following information:

  • your company name, overview and website
  • the primary contact’s name, email address and phone number
  • description of your technology
  • market opportunity
  • team structure
  • explain the unmet medical need and how your technology is relevant to the topic
  • what outcomes and benefits your technology will provide the patient and health care system
  • how access to the NSHA will support your company development plans
  • how you plan on using the funds
  • Have you identified a clinical champion within NSHA (individual or team) who will be critical to implementation
  • Please expand on the technical requirements and the plan to integrate with NSHA IMIT systems (requirements, anticipated hurdles, synergies).
  • Please expand on the impact to existing clinical pathways or clinician work flows. How does your solution vary from the current state and what are the key changes required for successful implementation?
  • What is the regulatory status of your solution?
  • Please expand on your deployments in health centres (name of the centre, timing, process undertaken, outcomes). Please include any attempt to enter NSHA both successful and unsuccessful. If you have worked with NSHA in the past, have you completed privacy and threat impact assessments?

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