Volta - Health Challenge Pitch Event

Health Challenge Pitch Event

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, 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 Nova Scotia Health.

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

Congratulations to our second Health Challenge Pitch Event winner: 



How to participate in the Health Challenge Pitch Event:

Submit an application to pitch at the event before September 15 at 11:59pm

Submit an application to pitch your innovative, medical technology at the Health Challenge.

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 at the October 2 event

The winner will receive $100,000 and Nova Scotia Health will consider adopting the winning technology.

The third topic will be announced after the pitch portion of the October 2 event

The Health Challenge Pitch Events will focus on five different health priorities as identified by Nova Scotia Health.


  • 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 Nova Scotia Health 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: Mental Health + Wellness’ 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 NSH will support your company development plans
  • how you plan on using the funds
  • Have you identified a clinical champion within NSH (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 NSH 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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