Join us for the Health Tech Competition from the American Heart Association (AHA) November 13 in Anaheim, CA. Highly qualified applicants will be selected to pitch their health startup company to venture capitalists and AHA VIPs that can help take new companies to the next level.

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Meet our Emcee, Lisa Suennen! Lisa is Senior Managing Director at GE Ventures. She leads the firm’s healthcare venture fund which invests in early-to-growth stage healthcare investments across health IT, health services, medical technology and life science technologies. She is a prolific blogger on health innovation and can be found at Venture Valkyrie.

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Our Judges

Ann Marie Navar

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Director of Innovations


Dr. Navar is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), prevention researcher, and director of innovations at the Duke Clinical… 

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Animesh Tandon

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Join Appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering

Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, MD, MS, is practicing pediatric cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, with… 

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Maulik Majmudar

Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital , Harvard Medical School

Dr. Majmudar is a practicing cardiologist and Associate Director, Healthcare…

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Eric Peterson

Duke Clinical Research Institute

Dr. Peterson is the Fred Cobb, Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, a DukeMed Scholar, and the Executive Director of… 

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Robert Harrington

Department of Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Robert A. Harrington is an interventional cardiologist and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Professor of Medicine and… 

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Lee Shapiro

7wire Ventures

Lee Shapiro is Managing Partner at 7wire Ventures, an investment firm he co-founded over a decade ago. He is a member of the National Board… 

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Renee Ryan

Johnson & Johnson

Renee Ryan, Vice President, Venture Investments, joined Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) in 2011. She is based in Silicon Valley…

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Michael McConnell

Verily Life Sciences

“Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE is Head of Cardiovascular Health Innovations at Verily Life Sciences and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine… 

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Our Finalists


High-Tech Connected Healthcare to Real-Time Measure, Model & Treat Patients

Glenn Robertelli, COO


A fully digital platform for blood pressure management

Giangiacomo Rocco di Torrepadula, CEO


Comprehensive cardiovascular data in one simple step.

Corey Centen, CEO


Preventing and detecting heart attacks with portable HERO in 10 minutes

Justin Yang, CMO

Play it Health

Personalized software/services for sustainable adherence to health regimens

Kimberly Gandy, CEO



Treating heart failure with a minimally invasive circulatory assist devise

Ben Hertzog, CEO

Tasso Inc.

Tasso is developing the HemoLink, a user-friendly way to self-collect blood

Ben Casavant, COO


Connected Health Solutions for Home: Hardware, Software, and Services

Melvin Mathew, CEO

The AHA Health Tech Competition

Application Criteria

  • Improves patient outcomes through innovative technology Incorporates evidence-based health research
  • A working prototype or minimally viable product
  • Privately held self or venture-funded company
  • Available to showcase and present live before a panel of judges in Anaheim on November 13

Finalist Details

Finalists will receive conference passes, present live before a panel of judges, and showcase their technologies to 18,000 scientists and healthcare professionals at the AHA Scientific Sessions in Anaheim on November 13.


  • 2 Passes to Scientific Sessions ($2190)
  • Health Innovation Showcase ($2000) in the Health Innovation Pavilion
  • Meeting with AHA Center for Health Technology & Innovation team
  • Networking with over 18K scientists and healthcare professionals
  • Speaking opportunities at future AHA health tech events

The AHA winner gets:

  • 1 year membership in the AHA Health Tech Collaborative ($25K value)
  • Advisory Meetings with the AHA Center for Health Technology & Innovation leadership
  • AHA physician faculty and judge Recognition by the AHA as the winner of the 2016 Health Tech Competition in the form of a digital badge


  • October 20 Application Deadline
  • October 27 Finalists Announced
  • October 30 Coaching Begins
  • November 12 Onsite Company Review
  • November 13, 2017 Competition

The Health Tech Competition
American Heart Association
Anaheim Convention Center
November 13, | 1:00 PM

Scientific Sessions 2017
American Heart Association
Anaheim Convention Center
November 11–15, 2017

AHA’s annual Health Tech Competition is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to introduce their innovation to cardiology thought-leaders from around the country.

The Eko team greatly benefited from the feedback we received during the competition and have found ways to partner with many of the amazing judges, attendees, and fellow presenters we met at the conference.

Jason Bellet
Co-Founder & COO
Eko Devices

Another health innovation initiative produced by http://Energizing.Health.