Defense TechConnect

NOVEMBER 28-30, 2023

Medical Innovation Challenge

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2022 Medical Innovation Challenge
TechConnect Accelerator and $250K Total Prize
Join the world's largest medical innovation acceleration and awards program, aligned with four leading medtech consortia representing over $20 Billion in health technology contracting authority. This is the second in a series of ATI sponsored accelerator events aligned with government, industry and societal needs. Pitch and connect your technology with leading corporate, investment and federal prospectors. Qualified participants receive engagement and membership opportunities with partnering consortia, while competing for a total $250K in prize pool ($50k Round-1 June, $175k Round-2 Sept, $25k student-prize Sept).

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Accelerator Program

  • $250K in non-dilutive prize money
  • Membership & engagement opportunities with partner consortia (+$20B authority)
  • Multiple in-person pitch programs: Industry, VC, Agency scouts
  • Multiple one-on-one and virtual training programs
  • Corporate & commercial services matchmaking

Who Should Apply

Transformative health-tech and bio-tech innovators representing dual-use solutions for both civilian and national security applications are ideal entrants for this Challenge.



Submit and pitch your technology to top investment, industry and military tech-scouts. Submission places you in a qualifying process for membership and engagement opportunities with any of the sponsoring consortia. Your submission will compete for a piece of the $250,000 non-dilutive prize.

Submissions Closed


Dates & Deadlines

Submissions Open: April 28, 2022

Informational webinar: June 1, 2022

Informational webinar on Vimeo.

Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2022     

Pitch Event

TechConnect will invite finalists to pitch at Defense TechConnect Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Date: September 28, 2022

Location: Gaylord National Convention Center and Hotel


Consortium Membership

Join one of our four partner consortia representing over $20B in technology prototyping contracting authority. Consortia relieve some of the contractual burdens typically placed on contractors working for federal clients, making it possible for non-traditional contractors to participate in technology development.



Darwin Biosciences, Inc.SickStick: a portable, saliva-based diagnostic for the pre-symptomatic detection of infection
EclipxeInnovative muisc creation and delivery process
Ionica SciencesThe IonID diagnostic platform for infectious diseases and medical conditions
Kowa IncConvection Based heating/cooling system
Lab11 Therapeutics Inc.Lab11 Mist, broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutic
Limax Biosciences, IncAn innovative adhesive hydrogel for advanced bleeding
Livivos IncPoint of Care NMR
Luna Labs USA, LLCNanofiber-Reinforced Hydrogel Dressings
MatregenixMatriNova: A new platform technology for soft-tissue repair
McGill University Health CentreMedSafer
Nakamir IncNARA – Nakamir Augmented Reality Assistant for Training, Rehearsal and Guidance
Novaurum Biosciences Inc.Novel nanotech coating for implantable medical devices
Pockit diagnostics LTDPoint-of-care for stroke triage in the ambulance
Rhaeos, Inc.FlowSense™
Ridgeline TherapeuticsRecover faster, age stronger, live healthier
RubitectionRubitect Assessment Tool - Skin Health Risk Assessment System & Care Management Platform
SafeBeat RxHome-Based Antiarrhythmic Drug Initiation Kit
Sana Health IncFDA breakthrough designated device. Applications across pain and mental health.
Sense Neuro DiagnosticsNeuroHawk and NeuStat
Sonogen Medical, Inc.Ultrasonic Bone Fracture Healing Device
StataDXStataDX: Fingerstick, Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Traumatic Brain Injury
Symphony BiosciencesSymphNode is an innovative biomaterials that orchestrates the immune response against solid cancers
Tao Treasures LLC DBA NanobiofabRAPID-iNose: Real-time Agnostic Patch for Infection Detection using Intelligent Nose
Teledyne FLIR DetectionPortable, Rapid Mass Spectrometer for Breath-Based Infection Diagnosis
XSurgical, Inc.Open Platform and Multi Quadrant Surgical Robot

For submission questions, please contact Jennifer Rocha at
To Sponsor or Partner please contact Nick Kacsandi at

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