Join us for the Health Tech Competition from the American Heart Association (AHA) November 10 in Chicago, IL. 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.

Application Period Closed.


Days until the event:

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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 Chicago on November 10

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 Chicago on November 10.

Finalist Benefits

  • 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
  • Consideration for participation at future AHA health tech events

The AHA winner gets:

  • 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 2018 Health Tech Competition in the form of a digital badge


AUG 03 Applications period opens

SEP 21 Application deadline

OCT 20 Finalists Notified/ Coaching by Energizing Health begins

NOV 09 On-site pitch rehearsal

NOV 10 Pitch Event

The Health Tech Competition
American Heart Association
McCormick Place | Chicago, Illinois
November 10, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Scientific Sessions 2018
American Heart Association
McCormick Place | Chicago, Illinois
November 10–12, 2018

New 3-Day Meeting. New Experience. New Sessions.


Our 2018 Emcee is Lisa Suennen. Lisa is Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie, an advisory firm that works with healthcare and other companies on investment and innovation strategies that capitalize on the significant opportunities presented by today’s evolving healthcare system.  She is also co-founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit organization that uses technology and know-how to connect women new to and nearing the C-Suite with female and male mentors who have been there, done that and have a desire to give back.

Learn more about Lisa!

This year’s 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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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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Bonnie Clipper

American Nurses Association

Dr. Bonnie Clipper is the Vice President of Innovation for the American Nurses Association. Prior to joining the ANA, Dr. Clipper has served as a Chief Nursing…

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This year’s finalists


AI for Automatic Annotation and Interpretation of Electrocardiograms


Continuous real-time medical-grade cardiac monitor with AI engine

HealthPals, Inc.

An AI-Precision Prevention company that transforms health outcomes globally

Heart I/O

Heart I/O is an AI company focused on improving cardiovascular diagnostics

Open Health Network

Patient Experience Management Platform


Consumer health data management platform combining EHR + DNA + fitness

Tiatros Inc

Highly effective, evidence-based psychotherapy for cardiac and stroke rehab

Vivotronix, Inc.

Vivotronix pioneers novel cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation technologies

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.