Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge

Hosted by VHA Innovation Ecosystem and Founder Institute, the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge is a pitch competition in which innovators will have the opportunity to collaborate with the VA to advance their solution to the next stage of development.

Twenty healthcare innovators, non-profits, entrepreneurs, start-ups, or academic affiliates at the earliest stages of solution design and development will be invited to pitch to VHA IE and VHA Innovators Network (iNET) site leadership and staff throughout the country. The goal is advancing innovative healthcare solutions that ultimately change the lives of Veterans and the general public.

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Pitch applications are accepted June 9-July 30, 2021. Pitches take place August 26 with the Breaking Boundaries: Co-Designing for Tomorrow panel discussion and Challenge winners announced August 27. Winners will also be invited to demo progress at iEX in October 2021.


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Speakers

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Carolyn Clancy, MD, MACP, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration Learn more »
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Ryan Vega, MD Chief Officer, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL), Veterans Health Administration Learn more »
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Torrey Smith, CEO, Endiatx Learn more »

Breaking Boundaries: Co-Designing for Tomorrow Panel


Collaboration between the entrepreneur community and VA can help solve industry challenges and address needs that transcend boundaries to impact Veteran lives. Hear from innovators and entrepreneurs on how they successfully partnered with the VA.

Moderator/Panelists

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Allison Amrhein, Director of Operations, VHA Innovators Network(iNET), VHA Innovation Ecosystem Learn more »
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Gina Adams, Founder and CEO of Wareologie Learn more »
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Kathryn Beckner, Innovation Program Coordinator at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System in Richmond, Virginia Learn more »
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Ryan Micheletti, Head of Global Operations, Founder Institute Learn more »
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Sergio Garcia Vergara, Ph.D. CTO and Co-Founder of RIF Robotics Learn more »

Agenda

Day 1 - August 26th, 1-4pm (ET)
Opening Welcome from Ryan Micheletti, Founder Institute and Allison Amrhein, VHA Innovators Network
Keynote Speaker
Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge Pitches
Closing Remarks
Day 2 - August 27th, 2-3:30pm (ET)
Opening Remarks from Dr. Ryan Vega, Chief Officer, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning
Fireside Chat with Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Acting Deputy Secretary, Veterans Affairs
Breaking Boundaries: Co-Designing for Tomorrow moderated by Allison Amrhein, VHA Innovators Network featuring Ryan Micheletti, Founder Institute; Sergio Garcia Vergara, RIF Robotics; Kathryn Beckner, VHA Innovators Network; and Gina Adams, Wareologie
Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge Winners Announcement
Closing Remarks

Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge


To apply to compete:
Apply »


To register to attend this and other iEX events:
Register »