Showcase your idea or solution to a unique audience of NHS leaders and investors

What is Rewired Pitchfest?

Digital health start-ups are invited to compete at 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 live heats competing at AI and Data 2024 in London Olympia to become finalists. The live finals take place at Digital Health Rewired, 18-19 March 2025 in Birmingham.

Why apply?

  • Winners will access expert advice from CW+ and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT’s CW Innovation team, and the potential to run a project in the trust
  • Pitch to influential judges including NHS stakeholders, digital health investors and innovation programme leaders
  • Get exposure by pitching live to audiences at two major industry events
  • Secure media coverage in leading publication Digital Health News
  • 50% off The Hill Grant Writing Workshop (2 day, in person, usually £1,000) if shortlisted
  • 50% off The Hill Procurement Workshop (1 day, online) if shortlisted

Key dates:

Applications open: 29 May 2024

Applications close: 23 August 2024

Shortlists announced: 7 October 2024

Live heats: 22/23 October 2024

Finalists announced: 28 October 2024

Live Pitchfest: 18/19 March 2025

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.

Pre-revenue for very early-stage start-ups, which will likely have a MVP

Post-revenue for start-ups who have sufficiently progressed to having multiple paying clients.

The judges are looking for information and evidence about the following five key areas:

  • Vision – how clear is the vision for the start-up and what it is trying to achieve?
  • Innovation and originality – how innovative and original is the start-up in its focus, service and use of technology? How differentiated is it from competitors in its chosen field?
  • Impact – what is scale of the potential impact on health and care provision (in the UK or internationally)?
  • Business plan – how well defined and credible is the business plan?
  • Team – how knowledgeable and credible is the team?


  • 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.

Pitchfest partners

Watch the 2024 Pitchfest finalists

Pre-revenue generating category

Revenue generating category

View the runners-up here