Application and Submission
All potential applicants must complete an introductory e-learning module about the program. After completing the module, potential applicants will be given instructions for completing the remaining steps in the application process, which may include written submission of business information and participation in a brief interview.
Click here to submit your contact information and access the module.
Following attendance at the mandatory webinar, Contestants will be asked to submit a novel idea, technology solution or business concept that addresses the Challenge Topic, “Advancing Health Equity” (the “Idea”). Ideas may be at any stage of development, including pre-company formation.
There is no cost to enter a Submission.
The Administrator, at their sole discretion, may permit a Contestant to modify part of the Submission for the purpose of removing material that potentially infringes a third-party mark or right, discloses personally identifiable information, or is otherwise inappropriate. The modified Submission must remain substantively the same as the original Submission with the only modification being what is permitted by the or Administrator. Any modifications beyond what is permitted may result in disqualification.
Contestants may be required to provide additional information, and the Administrator has the right to request additional information about your team and/or proposed project during the final Contestant selection process. Failure by a Contestant to respond in a timely fashion or fully honor such a request may result in disqualification of the Submission.
Limit of one Submission per Contestant.
All Submission materials must be in English.
The Idea must not be substantially similar to an existing product distributed commercially by the Contestant or any other venture.
- Be the original work product of the Contestant.
- Be solely owned by the Contestant and with no other person or entity having any right or interest in it.
- Not violate the Intellectual Property rights or other rights including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, contract, and/or privacy rights, of any other person or entity.
The Contestant must own all rights to the Idea and its creativity. By entering a Submission, Contestant represents, warrants and agrees that the Submission is their own work, and that the Submission complies with the Official Rules.
All Contestants agree to provide project updates and summary business data to the Administrator throughout the program cycle as well as after the Symposium, for a period of up to three (3) years.
Only complete application information submitted via the Challenge Website will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by email, postal mail, or other method.
In the event of a dispute pertaining to this Challenge, the authorized account holder of the email address used to make the application and enter the Submission will be deemed to be the Contestant’s Representative.
Questions About the Application Process
The Center for Entrepreneurship will answer questions regarding the rules. Questions must be submitted via the contest website at https://www.nyhealthchallenge.com/thechallenge/submit-a-question/
Responses to questions will be posted to the website so all potential applicants can see the questions and answers. Only questions and answers will be posted; the applicants who ask them will be anonymous.
Judging of the Submissions
Once the submission deadline has closed, all Submissions will be reviewed by the Administrator and a panel of Judges.
The review may be conducted in one or more rounds of judging, and each round of judging may involve different Judges. The Administrator reserve the right to substitute or modify the judging panel or criteria at any time for any reason.
All Judges shall be and remain fair and impartial. Any Judge may recuse him or herself from judging if the Judge, the Administrator considers that it is inappropriate, for any reason, for the Judge to evaluate a specific Submission or group of Submissions at any phase of the Challenge. This includes, but is not limited to, cases where a Judge has a material business relationship or other previous affiliation with a Contestant.
The Submissions will be judged using the following criteria:
- Need: Does this idea address an immediate need? Will it impact a large number of individuals, or a small number of individuals in a significant way?
- Consumer/Provider Impact: How does the idea provide additional access to care, reduce costs, improve quality and/or otherwise serve underserved communities?
- Originality of the idea: Is the idea unique and innovative? Does it challenge the status-quo?
- Clarity of concept: Is there a clear description of the idea?
- Viability: Can the idea be sustainable and have a significant impact on healthcare?
- Feasibility: Is it technically possible to develop the idea?
- Relevance: Is the Idea responsive to the Challenge topic of “Advancing Health Equity”?
- Team: Does the team have the appropriate leadership and expertise to execute the business idea/company?
At any point during the competition, the Administrator has the right to ask a Contestant to submit proofs and supporting documents related to their ideas.