Submission Requirements

The submission should attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What problem is this trying to solve and who is affected?
  • How is this problem currently being handled?
  • What is your solution and how would it be designed?
  • How would this lead to improved patient outcomes and reduce costs?

Concepts submitted by contestants may not be subject to previous patent filings held by Henry Ford Health System.  May not be active programs currently in practice or pilot at HFHS.  All contestants will be required to abide by the Official Rules and submit the following materials via the Competition website.

  • Initial Submission – Due by 11:59PM EST on October 9th, 2016
    • Title of Technology
    • Names, positions, HFHS departments where employed, and contact information of entrants
    • Problem statement and solution description (2 pages or less)
    • Up to 5 slide PowerPoint or PDF deck describing or visually explaining your solution (optional)
    • An Executive submission form
    • A fully completed HFHS Invention Disclosure Form

Ten (10) Semi-Finalists will be selected to take part in the Davidson Entrepreneurship Education Sessions.  Following the completion of those sessions, each Semi-Finalist must submit a Semi-Finalist Submission that will be reviewed by HFII and used to select the five (5) Finalists that will pitch live to judges.

  • Semi-Finalist Submission – Due by 11:59PM EST on November 13th, 2016 (Email submission to
    • Two-page executive summary
    • Up to 15 slide PowerPoint or PDF deck addressing:
      • Problem statement
      • Competitive landscape
      • Solution design
      • Target users
      • Use case & workflow integration
      • Clinical impact
      • Resource requirements and development path

The Top 10 finalists will have the option to participate, as a group, in a business plan and pitch deck development educational session. This 90-minute session will focus on:

  • Defining market needs
  • Development, implementation, and commercialization
  • Presenting an innovation opportunity

Attendance is not mandatory but is highly encouraged. These sessions will be recorded and made available to any competitors unable to join in person. Upon completion of the curriculum, finalists will present refined concepts for consideration by HFII judges.


Once the Finalists are identified, each Finalist will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges at a live event held at HFII.  The pitches will consist of:

  • 10 minute audio-visual assisted pitch
  • 5 minutes of questions and answers from a panel of expert judges