Supporting clinician well-being.

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

Help to build a culture of well-being within the organization that enables clinicians to feel supported and shows that the organization is committed to their overall health and well-being.

Bolster individual well-being. Ensuring access to tools and resources that support clinicians’ personal resilience and well-being is critical to sustainable care.

Create workflows that reduce sources of stress, frustration and inefficiency. While some solutions help clinicians with their personal well-being, organizational systems and processes can help to diminish stress by reducing cognitive and administrative burdens.

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 the commitment from Advocate Aurora Health to pilot their solution.

What’s it like to work with Advocate Aurora Health? Read about the 2019 challenge, or the experience of 2018 Health Tech Venture Challenge winner, Clearstep.

Challenge timeline

April 19, 2021: Applications open
June 7, 2021 at 11:59pm CT: Applications close
June 18, 2021: Semi-finalists notified
June 21-30, 2021: Meetings with semi-finalists
July 2, 2021: Finalists selected
July 7-16, 2021: Rehearsals with finalists
July 19, 2021: Pitch day

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 FAQs and the Terms and Conditions for more information.

Submission process

Submit a three-minute pitch video by June 7, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT.

Five to seven semi-finalists will be selected to participate in meetings with MATTER and the Advocate Aurora Health innovation team and move on to the next phase. Three to five finalists will be selected to participate in rehearsal sessions the weeks of July 5 and July 12.

The challenge will culminate in a pitch day the week of July 19 where finalists will present their solutions to Advocate Aurora Health executives and the MATTER community. The event will be virtual and hosted by MATTER. Finalists must participate to win.

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About Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 12 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with 75,000 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 3 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 $2.2 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2019. We help people live well.

Participating leaders

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

Kathie Bender Schwich — Chief Spiritual Officer
Dr. Shoeb Sitafalwalla — Chief Strategy Officer
Jamey Shiels — System Vice President, Digital Experience
Katie Barr — System Vice President CNIO


At MATTER, we believe collaboration is the best way to improve healthcare. The MATTER collaborative includes more than 300 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.