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 | 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Hyatt - Regency Ballroom Q
$350 (Early Bird) | $350 (Advance) | $450 (Standard)

Additional Registration.

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.

Key takeaways & activities:

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

VentureConnect is an Add-on Event to Basic Registration.

Join the discussion with #HealthcareInnovation!


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.



Health 2.0 and HIMSS welcome all startup companies who are Seed Stage (with a minimum of $500K raised) or currently in Series A (with no more than $5 Million raised).

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Only English-language submissions will be considered.

Pitch finalists will be notified on February 4, 2020.

VentureConnect Pitch Competition will take place at the HIMSS Global Conference in Orlando, FL on March 11, 2020.


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 Process
Virtual judges will begin judging January 15, 2020. 

  1. Judges will be provided:
    • A brief description of your company & product
    • The problem your technology solves
    • Any funds raised to date
    • Any pilots and/or revenue
    • Any current or prospective partners
    • A slide deck of their business plan and an overview of their product. See an example slide deck template.
    • (Potential) Video of their product 
  2. Each judge will score each team based on the judging criteria using numerical ranking.
  3. The numerical rankings will be tallied and summed so that an overall score can be determined for each company.
  4. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined based on a simple majority vote by the judges.
  5. The Organizer and Organizing Partners reserve the sole right to define and modify the judging process as deemed appropriate. 
  6. Under no circumstances will a team be permitted to appeal the final decision of the judges. Judging decisions are final, binding and not contestable.

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 (in development):

  1. Trophy
  2. Press release following win and press throughout the year
  3. Free One-Year HIMSS Membership 

Awarding of Prizes

  1. Winners of the pitch competition will be awarded trophies at the end of VentureConnect on March 11, 2020.
  2. The organizer will contact them in regards to their One-Year HIMSS Membership after the event.


  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.



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