Digital Health Rewired’s Pitchfest 2023 is the entrepreneurial and start-up competition providing a platform for young innovative ventures to scale in the NHS.

This year’s competition has a new format to previous years, running two separate competitions offering both start-ups and scale ups each the chance to win a prestigious Pitchfest title. Again, we thank CW+ for their support in the competition which will offer our winners the chance to win an NHS test bed site for their idea or solution. In addition, the competition offers companies visibility to both a VC audience and NHS tech audience.

Entries will be whittled down to a shortlist of twelve per category. If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to do a three-minute online pitch to our judges in late January. From those Pitchfest Heats in January, four submissions in each category will be selected to go forward as finalists to battle it out in our live stage final at Rewired 2023 in London.

“Pitchfest one of the most well renowned start-up competitions in the health tech space. It would have been foolish to have not got involved. It was a brilliant experience to build our confidence with pitching – standing on stage and given three minutes to pitch CardMedic in front of an incredibly impressive panel of judges is the definition of nerve wracking”

2022 Pitchfest Winner: Cardmedic’s Rachael Grimaldi

How to enter

  1. Read the criteria below to see which category you organisation qualifies for.
  2. Click on the relevant link below to begin populating the entry form with details about your company and the project / product you are engaged in.

Criteria for entering

Start-up Category (free to enter):
Our definition for this competition: a start-up company is in the early stages of its development – an entrepreneurial venture typically started by 1-3 founders who focus on capitalising upon a perceived market demand by developing a viable product, service, or platform. You will be self-funded by members of the founding team.

Scale-up Category (entry fee £500 +VAT):
For this competition, we define a scaleup as a high-growth company that has achieved growth of 20% or more in either employment or turnover year on year for at least two years, it is a company that has achieved a lot, had some impressive success and is ready to take it to the next level. A scale-up is a company raising investment to fund their growth, when they may have been through their first rounds of funding and reached the Series A stage or similar.

The key difference between a start-up and a scale-up is the main challenges faced. While a start-up’s main challenge is to find a repeatable scalable business model, a scale-up’s main challenge is growth of the already identified business model while maintaining operational controls.


  • Entries close at midday on Thursday 8th December 2022. Sorry, no extensions granted.
  • Entries that successfully make the shortlisted heats, must have a representative available to present to the judges on W/C 23 January or 30 January 2023.
  • Finalists must be able to attend Rewired 2023 at the Business Design Centre, London on Tuesday 15th March 2023.
  • Scale-ups must have paid their £500+VAT entry fee by Thursday 8th December to be entered into Pitchfest.

Our judges

Chris Chaney
Chief Executive
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Dr Rachael Grimaldi
Co-Founder & CEO
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Jon Hoeksma
Digital Health
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Rhod Joyce
Deputy Director of Innovation Development
Transformation Directorate – NHSE & I
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Dr John Lee Allen
Managing Partner
RYSE Asset Management
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Megan Morys-Carter
The Hill
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Rachel Murphy
Chief Banter Officer
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Lloyd Price
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Hive Health
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Chris Sawyer
Innovation Lead, Digital Health
Innovate UK
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Joe Stringer
Octopus Ventures
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Rebecca Todd
Longwall Venture Partners LLP
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With our thanks for their continued support and fabulous energy into the project:   


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