What Is a Health Equity
Innovation Challenge?

An opportunity to create change in your community by developing solutions to our nation’s most pressing health equity concerns.

Imagine a future where you can change the world, starting with your local community. For those with a vision of improving health equity, this sponsored challenge, accelerator, and incubator administered by the Flywheel Foundation, is providing that opportunity — the Health Equity Innovation Challenge.

This Sponsored Innovation Challenge is a business idea competition seeking solutions to problems that the sponsoring institutions deeply care about. The Challenge seeks the submission of scalable and investable solutions to problems that lead to or create significant healthcare outcome disparities. The targeted populations are vulnerable communities specifically, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and those at 200% of Federal Poverty.  The Challenge invites applications for social and technological innovations that can be applied and commercialized with demonstrated potential for social and economic impact on the following leading indicator priorities:

  • Access: Improve access for colorectal screening, A1c control, and blood pressure, behavioral health, and reduce readmissions
  • Quality and Outcomes: Eliminate disparities in mortality rates, mental health, and maternal and child health
  • Acute Social Needs: Support systems, community engagement, structural discrimination, and access to renewable energy/energy security
  • Social Drivers of Health: Economic stability and upward mobility; food security and access to healthy foods; access to affordable housing and commercial districts; affordable transportation; affordable child care, education access, and quality; climate change, air and water pollution, heat mitigation, and landfill diversion

Beginning in December 2023, entrepreneurs from across the country are invited to turn their ideas into action and develop innovative community-based solutions to improve health equity in our nation.

Key Challenge Dates:

December 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 – Entry Period (accepting submissions)

April 19, 2024 – Round One (judging of submissions)

April 22, 2024 – Round Two (finalists briefing)

May 18, 2024 – Pitch Day (presentation of business plan)

After May 18, 2024 – Winners Chosen

The 2024 Entry Period Has Ended

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