ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Six entrepreneurial health care firms have been selected as finalists in the first Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge and will compete on Oct. 1 at Transform 2015 for two $50,000 awards.
Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), Mayo Ventures and AVIA Health Innovation, the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge celebrates innovative ideas in two areas:
The national competition generated more than 120 applicants competing for the total of $100,000 in awards and one year’s consultation from Mayo Clinic experts.
The six finalists will compete in a live stage presentation in Rochester, Minn. before attendees of Transform 2015, an international gathering of thought leaders working together to shape the future of health and health care. Transform attendees, voting on their smart phones, will cast the deciding votes to select two winners, one in each category.
Finalists of the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge and their innovations, are:
I am Not My Disease
The THINK BIG Challenge is one of many events at Transform 2015, a three-day conference, hosted by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Now in its eighth year, the conference’s 2015 theme is People Power Health, focusing on the shift away from the traditional medical model toward people determining their own health and health care. For a complete list of Transform 2015 speakers and experiences, go to transformconference.mayo.edu/.
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About AVIA Health Innovation
AVIA is healthcare’s only provider-led accelerator. We believe that transformation requires innovation, and innovation starts with a focus on health systems’ challenges and opportunities. AVIA works with forward-leaning provider organizations to evaluate, select, source, and deploy the best tech-enabled solutions that support transformation while optimizing financial value. Learn more about AVIA at www.aviahealthinnovation.com. Follow us on Twitter @HealthAVIA.
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