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How does it work?

The Health Tech Challenge this year consists of 3 rounds:

  • Round 1: Teams submit the Round 1 application form by January 26th, 2024. The decisions will be released by February 7th, 2024. Submissions should introduce the problem you are trying to solve and the skills you have to solve this problem in no more than 300 words:
    - In 200 words or less, please tell us about the problem you are trying to solve and your ideas to address that issue
    ​ - In 100 words or less tell us why are you well placed to solve this problem
    In addition, you can submit an optional 2-minute video to explain your idea, demonstrate it, or anything else. It is optional, but we strongly recommend to submit it.

  • Round 2: Teams that advance from Round 1 will develop a short pitch of their ideas which they will submit by February 28th, 2024. The decisions will be released by March 3rd, 2024.

  • Final Round: Finalists selected from Round 2 will be notified and matched with experienced mentors to prepare their final pitch to be delivered on April 4th, 2024 during the LBS HealthCare conference. At the end of the presentations, after deliberation, the winners will be announced and will total prizes of up to £20k.

Make sure you read the Guidelines of the competition.

Who can participate?

The challenge is open to everyone, although each team must have at least one graduate, postgraduate or doctoral student, or researcher who is affiliated with an academic institution. Teams should include minimum 2 people, and maximum 5 people.  We strongly encourage forming teams with a mix of technical and business expertise to give your idea the best chance of success. Each person can participate in only 1 team.

What are the judging criteria?

The judges will look for a proposal which meets four broad criteria

1. Scientific/technical feasibility

2. Impact

3. Execution plan 

4. Team strength


Make sure you tell us why your idea will be successful in improving healthcare outcomes, who you will be helping, how you are going to do it, and how £10,000 will help make your vision a reality.


A detailed business plan is not required, but a high level plan with next steps is essential.

NHS Northwest London ICB mission areas

In addition, if you want to be judged for the NHS prize, your ideas have to meet one of 3 critical NHS Northwest London ICB mission areas

  • Optimising care of long-term conditions (starting with CVD) 

  • ​Ensuring the right care setting to reduce harm (starting with the acute pathway) 

  • ​Supporting children and young people's mental health

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