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Activate!Vaughan

Activate!Vaughan Innovation Program

Activate!Vaughan is a new innovation program that connects high-potential entrepreneurs to market-driven entrepreneurship opportunities and mentorship from industry leaders. The City of Vaughan will deliver five Activate!Vaughan pitch challenges from 2019–2021, each focused on a specific opportunity for innovation.

Check out this recap of the Activate!Vaughan Sustainable Transformation Challenge.

Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge

This Challenge has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates or contact ecd@vaughan.ca for more information.

Imagine a healthcare system that anticipates individuals’ needs, improves communication between patients and care providers, and delivers as much care as possible to people in their homes, workplaces and communities. The future of healthcare is one where powerful technology will allow for parts of the hospital or clinical experience to happen beyond traditional physical spaces, improving healthcare systems for both providers and patients.

In partnership with Mackenzie Health and the Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2), SE Health and ventureLAB, the Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge is calling on entrepreneurs to advance a technology-enabled healthcare system by presenting solutions to important healthcare and data challenges.

Participating entrepreneurs will receive:

  • Access to mentorship and co-development opportunities with healthcare industry experts
  • Admission to accelerator programming
  • Connections to potential business and funding partners

Apply now to take your health tech start-up to the next level! Up to $25,000 in total provincial grant funding is available.

Four Program Phases:

Phase 1: Reverse Pitch
Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 8:00am to 4:00pm, Vaughan City Hall

Listen to experts from Mackenzie Health, SE Health and ventureLAB pitch three challenges facing the future of healthcare. Participate in workshops and receive mentorship from industry experts to help you develop, validate and refine your solution to a problem statement.

View the Challenge Briefing for the Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge (PDF)

Apply online here. Applications close Friday, April 10th, 2020, at midnight.

Phase 2: Rapid Prototyping
April 23–June 4, 2020 | Ongoing workshops and events

Gain access to pitch prep workshops, mastermind events and mentorship from experts to refine your innovative health tech solutions and perfect your pitch.

No application required. Register for workshops and events online here.

Phase 3: Final Pitch
Thursday, June 4, 2020 | Location TBA

Selected ventures will be invited to pitch their solutions before a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $5,000 in provincial grant funding and acceptance to the Activate!Vaughan Commercialization Program. One winner will be selected from each problem statement category and the five top ventures overall will be selected to receive grant funding.

Applications open April 24, 2020.

Phase 4: Commercialization Program
June to October 2020 (4 months)

Winning ventures will receive dedicated support including specialized workshops, focused mentorship from experienced advisors and valuable co-development opportunities with industry leaders in the health sector.

For more information, please contact ecd@vaughan.ca or (905) 832-8526.