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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 first Health Challenge Pitch Event will focus on cancer care and is taking place virtually on Friday, June 19 at 12pm.

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 June 10 at 11:59pm (AST). The first Pitch Event will focus on cancer care, and will take place virtually on Friday, June 19 from 12pm to 2pm.

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 seven minutes to a panel of expert judges. Judges will have three 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

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