Last Wednesday, we held our very first in-person IMPACT Showcase Day and Accelerator Pitch-Off for the Cycle 3 Cohort. After the IMPACT Showcase, where the startups had sat with strategists and leading experts in women’s health, medtech, and local hospitals, they pitched their technology to a packed room of attendees. The startups in Cohort 3 met with interested investors and innovators, and received awards from SIX prize sponsors, including a whopping $25K in in-kind resources from the Cycle 3 Sponsor Hologic.
The event kicked off with a welcome from UMass Chancellor Julie Chen, a longtime supporter of the M2D2 incubator. She talked about UMass Lowell’s support and appreciation of M2D2, and the many startups they work with.
Getting the show started and introducing the startups in Cohort 3.
Kyle Kruse started the day off strong by officially handing across a check confirming Global Interconnect as IMPACT’s first official event sponsor! He joined us again later in the evening, as the IMPACT Pitch-Off MC.
For those of you who were at the iHub for the Sensor Challenge, you recognized the enthusiastic Kyle, as the event MC. With his good-natured jokes and big introductions for each startup, he kept the energy high throughout the entire evening. (You can watch the recap of the IMPACT Pitch-Off here.)
Announcing the Cycle 3 Winners
Following the inspiring presentations and judges’ deliberation, everyone was called together to hear the announcement of the winners. Sponsor RedCrow started it off with a bang – each startup in cohort 3 received access to the RedCrow platform for 1 month.
Then, we dove into the prizes awarded to individual startups.
Winner of the Best Showcase Presentation Award – Cx Therapeutics!
The Showcase Day panelists chose the winner of this award, who will receive a 3-day registration to the RESI Boston Conference, Sept 21-23, from Life Sciences Nation. The winner will also get an Innovator’s Pitch Challenge Spot.
Winner of the Best Poster Award – Nesa Medtech!
Hologic selected the winner of this award, who will receive a 12 month residency packcage from UMass M2D2.
Winner of the Most Innovative Award – Scailyte!
Prize sponsor PQE Group chose the winner of the award, who will receive a market evaluation from the PQE Group worth $5K.
Winner of the Most Investable Startup – Selectivity Life!
The Showcase Day panelists selected the winner of the prize, who will receive 3 months of access to the RedCrow platform and a spot in September virtual demo day.
Winner of the Biggest Potential Social IMPACT – Selectivity Life!
The attendees at the IMPACT Pitch-Off chose the winner of this award, who will receive $5K worth of in-kind consulting support from Alira Health.
Winners of the Judges Top 3 Presentations Pick, selected by IMPACT Judges.
Each of the startups will receive 3 months of access to Upteaming’s peer-to-peer networking platform.
- Augment Health
- Niramai Health Analytix
Niramai Health Analytix
Ending with a major award from Cycle 3 sponsor, Hologic.
Near the end of the 3rd IMPACT Cycle, we announced the biggest prize given out in IMPACT history. The Best Overall Startup award is $25K worth of in-kind support from Cycle 3 Sponsor Hologic.
Hologic chose IMPACT startup Selectivity Life, for their unique approach to universalizing access to fertility treatments by allowing intrauterine insemination comfortably at home.
After the event, members of Hologic talked about their positive experience as an IMPACT sponsor.
“The Hologic team truly enjoyed interacting with all the startups. We could not be more pleased with how the program went and all the new connections we made. It all culminated in outstanding pitches at Wednesday’s event. “
Another successful IMPACT Accelerator Cycle for the books
Each IMPACT Cycle highlights unique and innovative medical device startups developing novel solution to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment. While working with Cycle 3 Sponsor Hologic, we were able to bring special recognition to the solutions currently being developed in the women’s healthcare space. Each startup did an amazing job presenting their ideas to expert panelists and judges throughout the cycle.
IMPACT Accelerator Cycle 4: Work with Johnson & Johnson Innovation!
Interested in applying to the next IMPACT Cycle? Learn more about Cycle 4 Of IMPACT, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. If your technology aligns with one of their interests, you have until midnight this Wednesday to apply!