Health 2.0 VentureConnect

Join the biggest players in health tech investing to get a behind-the-curtain look at the most promising technologies primed to disrupt the health care experience.

March 11, 2020 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Hyatt / Plaza International Ballroom H

Health 2.0 VentureConnect will convene the biggest and most active investors in health tech to discuss the latest market trends, strategies, and lessons learned. This one-day program features panels with a diverse group of investment leaders from across healthcare and rising startups, plus a rapid-fire pitch competition for vetted Series A health tech companies as they compete to be recognized as the most promising startup from venture capitalists and corporate investors. Join the discussion with #HealthcareInnovation!

Key takeaways & activities:

  • Digital health investment trends
  • Lessons learned: early stage stories
  • Strategic investing
  • VentureConnect pitch competition
  • Networking sessions

Add this program to your HIMSS20 registration. HIMSS20 registration is not required to attend VentureConnect.

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Indu Subaiya
Indu Subaiya, MBA,MD
Health 2.0

Emma Cartmell
Emma Cartmell, MSc
Founding Partner
Cartmell LLC


Megan Zweig
Megan Zweig
Director Of Research
Rock Health

Joel Krikston
Joel Krikston
Managing Director, Merck GHI
Patientsafe Solutions


Binoy Bhansali
Binoy Bhansali
Venture Capital
Sandbox Industries

Emma Cartmell
Emma Cartmell, MSc
Founding Partner
Cartmell LLC



Four Pitch Competitions | 16 Seed to Series A Startups

Health 2.0 has been a launch pad for digital health heavyweights, like Livongo, SilverCloud Health, Medisafe and Castlight Health. Don’t miss these 16 early stage startups as they take to the Health 2.0 VentureConnect stage for the first time.

Throughout the full-day program, four pitch competitions will showcase tech solutions in these market categories:

  1. Female-led Health Tech Solutions
  2. Therapeutics/Chronic Care Innovations
  3. Provider Services Solutions
  4. AI & Machine Learning Inventions

Ataia Medical




Awake Labs


Sift Healthcare



Apaly Health





Memory Well


Pref Tech


Digbi Health


Health Note



Startup Applications Are Closed

Health 2.0 VentureConnect puts early-stage innovators center stage as they compete to be recognized as the most fundable startup. The most promising health tech companies will present their business plan on March 11, 20200 at HIMSS20, and face off to win the title of Startup Champion in multiple categories, as voted on by a panel of venture capitalists and corporate investors.



Competition Selection Criteria

The organizer will consider the following criteria when evaluating applications:

  1. Whether the company is in Seed Stage through Series A, with at least $500K and no more than $5 Million raised.
  2. Whether the application is complete and adheres to the submission content prompt requirements, as requested in the application.

Competition Judging Criteria

Qualification of Judges: Judges will be venture capitalists and investors in the digital space. Pitch finalists will be chosen by a panel of virtual judges solely selected by the Organizer and Organizing Partners.

Judging Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on the criteria of competitiveness, potential for growth, strength of the pitch, and the overall application.

  1. Competitiveness in terms of the company and the product’s competitive environment in the market in their relevant fields.
  2. Potential for growth in terms of market growth of the product
  3. Strength of the pitch includes, but is not limited to:
    • Thorough responses of the open answers
    • Detailed business plan and product overview
    • Including a demo video of the product
  4. Overall application includes, but is not limited to:
    • Whether the application is complete and adheres to the requirements of the application website.


Description of Prizes:

  • Complimentary HIMSS Membership for one (1) year
  • Enhanced Media Exposure:
    • Interview with MobiHealth News to be posted on website (To take place onsite at HIMSS20, as schedule allows.)
    • Video Interview with HIMSS TV (To take place onsite at HIMSS20. Video will be syndicated on HIMSS TV – HIMSS20 Channel.)
    • One (1) social media announcement on HIMSS Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • HIMSS20 Global Health Conference Exposure:
    • Option for five-minute stage time at widely attended Debut Square in front of HIMSS20 broader audience on March 12 (Winners are responsible for providing their own pass to access the Debut Square stage. Full conference passes, day passes and exhibit hall only passes are available.)



  1. The organizer has the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify a company for a violation of the rules or an incomplete application.
  2. The organizer may prohibit certain companies from participating in the competition or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines the company has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of Organizer by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair practice.
  3. The organizer has the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any participant attempts to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other participants or representatives of the Organizer.
  4. Entries containing pornographic material, defamatory statements or are otherwise deemed offensive by the Organizer are prohibited from participating in the competition.
  5. Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any time without notice.


  1. The organizer has the right to cancel or suspend the competition with or without notice and for any or no reason.
  2. Organizer, and Organizing Partners, are not responsible and Participants hereby waive any claim for damages, claims, losses, or inconveniences caused by cancellation or suspension of the competition.

Intellectual Property (IP)

  1. By providing a submission to the competition, each Participant represents and warrants that the submission does not violate any applicable law or any third party intellectual property rights.
  2. Organizers and Organizing Partners do not make any claims to or take responsibility for IP that emerges from the competition.
  3. It is up to each team, solely, to determine ownership of any work that is created and developed during the pitch competition.
  4. Organizers and Organizing Partners accept no responsibility for resolving IP disputes among Participants.
  5. The risks of exposing an idea and/or IP may be outweighed by the benefits of the feedback and collaboration you will receive if people get excited about your submission.
  6. If you have concerns about the IP in your submission, we recommend consulting a lawyer before participating or sharing said IP.

Publicity and Privacy

  1. The Participant hereby grants Organizers the right to use or refrain from using Company’s name and/or likeness in any video, photo, recording or media b-roll without Company’s review, approval or compensation.
  2. By applying and participating in the competition, you are consenting to having HIMSS provide your information to third-party judges and partners. Personal information is collected for the purpose of registering teams for the pitch competition, administrating and promoting the pitch competition, communicating about current and future events, and will be provided to sponsors of the event.
  3. Applicants and participants expressly consent to receive electronic messages relating to participation in the competition.

Liability release and indemnity

  1. Under no circumstance will Organizer, Organizing Partners or Sponsors be liable for any direct, incidental, indirect, special or consequential damages incurred by any participants or third parties in connection with, arising out of, or relating in any way to the competition or the official rules.
  2. Participant shall indemnify and hold Organizer, Organizing Partners, Sponsors and their officers, directors, employees, successors and assigns harmless against any claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ and other professionals’ fees) incurred by Participant in connection with, arising out of, or relating in any way to the competition or the official rules.
  3. All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the competition, prizes, or the official rules, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.
  4. Participant agrees not to use in any advertising, publicity, marketing, press release, or in any other way, the name, trademark, logo, symbol, image, likeness or other intellectual property of Organizer, Sponsors, or Organizing Partners without the prior written consent of Organizer, Sponsors, or Organizing Partners respectively.