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USF Hosts Healthcare Innovation Competition
USF Hosts Healthcare Innovation Competition

TAMPA, Forida - Innovators from across the state of Florida will gather in Tampa to pitch their ideas for revolutionizing the quality and delivery of healthcare -- and they may receive cash and special opportunities to turn their visions into reality.

On Tuesday, May 14, nine graduate students from the University of South Florida will introduce their ideas for innovations in healthcare, along with 10 non-student innovators from across the state.  The event will be held at USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), located at 124 S. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa. (Find out more about CAMLS in the video above).

Addressing current challenges the field faces in medical devices, instruments, and software, each presenter will receive $1,000, but will also have a chance to be selected for the Florida Healthbox Accelerator Program -- an incubator-type program that identifies high-potential healthcare technology startups and provides them with the resources, support, and a network to enable rapid development and growth.

The student presentations are scheduled from 8:45-11:30 a.m., with the professional presentations set for 1:00-3:30 p.m.  Each participant will present for eight minutes and then take seven minutes of questions.  USF faculty members will be on the panel evaluating the presentations, along with Healthbox executives and local business professionals.

This year, Healthbox has two 16-week accelerator programs in Chicago and Florida and will provide $50,000 to entrepreneurs in the program to fund their development. The Florida program begins in July. While no presenter at Tuesday’s event is guaranteed entry into the Healthbox Accelerator Program, the criteria for selection were based on the accelerator program requirements.

Florida Blue and the USF Center for Entrepreneurship are partnering to promote this program to encourage early-stage healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in the state of Florida.  USF has the nation’s 11th ranked graduate entrepreneurship program, according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.  It’s the only Florida program included in the annual rankings.

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