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.

Tech companies in the medical realm with products and services already approved to sell in Canada must first apply to pitch at the competition via email to healthchallenge@voltaeffect.com. See below for submission guidelines. Then, select applicants will be invited to pitch during the Health Challenge Pitch Event at Volta to a panel of judges, comprised of leading industry experts. Members of the public are welcome to attend the events.

Presenters will have ten minutes to pitch their product or service, and then have five minutes to answer any questions from the judges. After each company has pitched their technology, judges will deliberate, and return to announce the winner.

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 first Health Challenge Pitch Event will focus on cancer care.


Step One:

Submit an application to pitch your innovative, medical technology at the Health Challenge.
The first Pitch Event will focus on cancer care, with a rescheduled date to be announced.

Step Two:

Select companies with products/services already approved to sell in Canada will be invited to pitch to a panel of expert judges at Volta. Given the circumstances around COVID-19, we are working to reschedule the April 8 event. 

Step Three:

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. 


  • 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

Are you ready to apply to the Health Challenge?

Submit your application via email to healthchallenge@voltaeffect.com to be considered for the Health Challenge Pitch Event.
We will confirm receipt of your application within three business days.
Successful participants will be contacted shortly after the application deadline.

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