Pitch in front of a live audience of NHS leaders, investors and industry peers for a chance to have your solution trialled at an NHS site.

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What is Rewired Pitchfest?

Digital health start-ups are invited to compete at Rewired Pitchfest for the opportunity to showcase their idea or solution to a unique audience of NHS leaders and investors. You can apply in the pre-revenue and post-revenue categories. Successful applicants progress to a round of virtual heats competing to become finalists. The live finals take place at Digital Health Rewired, 12-13 March 2024 in Birmingham.

Why apply?

The winning start-up will get the chance at an NHS test bed site, courtesy of Pitchfest partner, CW+

Showcase your start-up to an influential judging panel including NHS stakeholders, digital health investors and innovation programme leaders

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Key dates:
Applications open: 13 September

Applications close: 24 November
Shortlists announced: 8 January
Virtual heats: 15 January
Finalists Announced: 1 February
Live Pitchfest: 12/13 March

Previous Pitchfest finalists

Meet our judges

Jon Hoeksma
Digital Health
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Chris Chaney
Chief Executive
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Sarah Hanbridge
CCIO Nursing & AHP,
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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Stacey Hatton
CNIO at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton
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Dr Hellena Habte-Asres
Digital Fellow,
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
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Dr John Lee Allen
Managing Partner
RYSE Asset Management
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Sara Nelson
Programme Director
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Chris Sawyer
Innovation Lead
Digital Health, Innovate UK
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Who can enter?

  • Pre-revenue start-ups:very early-stage start-ups, which will likely have a MVP
  • Post-revenue start-ups:who have sufficiently progressed to having multiple paying clients

Our definition for this competition a start-up is a company in the early stages of its development – an entrepreneurial start-up venture focused on using digital and data tools in an innovative fashion in health and care in the UK or internationally.

Typically, the start-up will be started by one or more founders who focus on addressing upon a perceived market demand by developing a viable product, service, or platform with a strong digital and data component.

You will be self-funded, pre-seed, at seed round, or possibly series A or even beyond.

Pitchfest Rules

  • Entrants should be start-ups or registered businesses that have been established for less than five years
  • Entrants must have health and social care services, medical devices, consumer or employee health and wellbeing or life sciences as their primary focus of activity
  • Entries can be from any country – but the judging criteria include evaluating potential impact on UK and/or international healthcare.
  • The information provided in the entry form must be accurate, honest and true
  • The selection of pitches will be made based on the data in the web-form
  • If you are invited to take part in the Pitchfest we need you to confirm by the specified date, or we will offer the place to another start-up
  • You may be invited to take part in a Pitchfest practice session ahead of Rewired – this is not obligatory, but you are strongly encouraged to take part if able
  • Your pitch must be provided in advance and be no longer than 3 minutes long
  • Pitches must be made by a single presenter (no teams)
  • In the event of a tied decision the chairman of judges will have the deciding vote
  • The judges’ decisions are final in all instances
  • By entering Pitchfest you agree to have your start-up included in marketing and promotion of the competition.

Rewired Pitchfest partners

March provides an opportunity for early stage digital health start-ups to compete for the accolade of being named the Rewired Pitchfest winner by our judges. Run as part of the Digital Health Rewired Expo, the Pitchfest is a great opportunity to showcase your start-up or idea in front of the unique Rewired audience of NHS IT leaders. When you apply online, the information you provide will be used by Digital Health and the Pitchfest judging panel to shortlist those start-ups to be invited to participate in the Pitchfest on the morning of 26 March at London Olympia. The judging panel will include digital health innovators, investors and founders of successful digital health start-ups

Need help with applying for Rewired Pitchfest?

If our application process presents any barriers to you accessing this opportunity, please contact us on events@digitalhealth.net