Five finalists have been chosen! Join us for pitch day on Nov 5.

On Tuesday, November 5 at 1:00pm CT, The five finalists will pitch their solutions to executives from Advocate Aurora Health and the MATTER community.


Reimagine the aging experience.

In the second annual Health Tech Venture Challenge, Advocate Aurora Health has partnered with MATTER to explore, source and pilot novel solutions that:

Improve care coordination. Increase the quality and frequency of communication between caregivers, clinicians and family members so that aging adults feel safe and supported.

Address social determinants of health. Improve the social, economic and environmental conditions for older adults so that they can maintain their health and wellbeing.

Focus on preventive care. Identify potential health or safety risks for aging adults who are often managing multiple chronic conditions.

Solutions can address one or a combination of the priority areas listed above.

Challenge prize

The winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a six-month MATTER membership and a commitment from Advocate Aurora Health to pilot their solution.

What’s it like to work with Advocate Aurora Health? Read about the experience of 2018 Health Tech Venture Challenge winner, Clearstep.

Challenge timeline


Submission criteria

This challenge is open to existing startups that have an established product-market fit and are seeking opportunities to pilot their solutions within health systems. If actively fundraising, Advocate Aurora will accept submissions from companies pursuing a seed, Series A or Series B round. Read the Health Tech Venture Challenge FAQ for more information.

On September 12, leaders from Advocate Aurora Health and 2018 winner Clearstep participated in an info session at MATTER. Read top questions and answers from the event.

Submission process

Submit a three-minute pitch video by September 24, 2019 at 5:00pm CDT. Three to five finalists will be selected to participate in an optional incubation period at MATTER, where they can refine their value proposition and perfect their pitch through MATTER workshops and mentor hours.

The incubation period will culminate in a pitch day on November 5, 2019, where finalists will present their solutions to Advocate Aurora Health executives and the MATTER community. The event will be held at MATTER in Chicago, IL. Finalists must be present to win.

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About Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 10 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 70,000 employees, including more than 22,000 nurses and the region’s largest employed medical staff and home health organization. A national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, the system serves nearly three million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology and pediatrics. The organization contributed $2 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2017.

Participating leaders

Challenge finalists will have the opportunity to present their solutions to Advocate Aurora Health leaders, including:

Scott Powder – Chief Strategy Officer
Nicole Paulk – Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
Mike Rodgers - Vice President of Commercial Innovation
Dipa Mehta - Vice President of Innovation Investments


At MATTER, we believe collaboration is the best way to improve healthcare. The MATTER collaborative includes more than 200 cutting-edge startups from around the world, working together with dozens of hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together we are accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit and follow @MATTERhealth.