2023 $200K Challenge Event Recap

The 2023 $200K Challenge season brought with it record breaking application numbers and over 200 people headed to the UMass Lowell iHub to learn about the latest in healthcare innovation. This year’s Pitch-Off was an absolute success, and a joy to experience with all of you. Life sciences industry leaders, entrepreneurs from around the world, and medical device innovators joined us in Lowell to learn more about this year’s 15 Finalists.

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IMPACT Cycle 3 Pitch-Off Recap and Winners’ Pitches

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.

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3rd Annual CAPCaT Big Company/Little Company Showcase Spotlights Point-Of-Care Innovations and Strategic Partnerships

For the third year, M2D2 and the Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies (CAPCaT) in Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Disorders will present their Big Company/Little Company Showcase.

Happening virtually on Thursday, June 16 from 9am to 1:30 ET, the Showcase is a high-value informational and networking event for life sciences startups seeking to initiate conversations about strategic partnerships with suitable corporate entities.

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2022 $200K Challenge Winner’s Pitches and Event Recap

The first in-person $200K Challenge season in almost three years was an overwhelming success, and a joy to experience with all of you. We were joined by a number of leaders in life sciences, entrepreneurs, and medical device innovators in both Lowell and Boston to learn more about this year’s Finalists.

15 Finalists pitched their innovations on March 22nd at the UMass Lowell iHub during the $200K Challenge Pitch-Off event. On April 6th, we came back together in Boston to find out who would win a share of the $200,000 in sponsor-provided, in-kind support. Even more exciting? Who would win the Grand Prizes – $50,000 in non-dilutive funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and $25,000 in cash funding from M2D2.

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The IMPACT Accelerator Cycle 2 is in motion with Sponsor BARDA

Cycle 2 of the IMPACT Accelerator program is well underway as the ten selected startups work with representatives from the current Cycle sponsor, BARDA, to prepare for the pitch-off event on April 21st.

For Cycle 2, our sponsors’ Areas of Interest focused on developing digital health solutions to improve at-home care, early-disease detection devices, and host-based therapeutics. In January, we worked with BARDA to choose 10 highly innovative, early-stage medtech startups to join Cohort 2.

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