Dream It, Make It: Health Innovators to Pitch Ideas for Chance to Win $10,000

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine will host its third-annual Health Make-a-Thon competition on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The online event is open to the public.

Twenty teams of citizen-scientists, students, healthcare practitioners from across the state of Illinois will pitch their ideas for improving health. Ten winning teams will be selected, with each receiving $10,000 in resources, materials, and mentorship, and access to the Health Maker Lab network of design and making facilities at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to design, fabricate and prototype their idea.

The 20 finalists will pitch their ideas in a ‘dolphin tank’ format, which is similar to a shark tank, but friendlier. Each team will be given two minutes for their presentation and the judges will be given two minutes for questions. The judges and the online audience will vote on each team’s idea and pitch.

The panel of judges includes representatives from the university and Carle Hospital, community members, entrepreneurs, and Illinois alumni with health companies.

Click here to submit your idea. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2021. Learn more about the Health Maker Lab here.