Start-up competition aims to identify the next big thing in med tech

9 Jul 2014

Promising young med tech start-ups will get to pitch their business ideas to a global panel of experts and investors later this year and vie for a €1,000 cash prize.

dotMED is a creative medical conference that celebrates the future of medicine.

Start-up healthcare technology companies that have been trading for less than two years are being invited to present their concepts at dotMED 2014 at Smock Alley in Dublin on 5 December.

Up to 175 people are expected to attend the third annual dotMED conference, including healthcare, business and technology professionals, alongside entrepreneurs and potential investors.

Spearheading a revolution

“The future of medicine is constantly evolving, thanks to new technology and research,” said dotMED co-founder Dr Ronan Kavanagh.

“Digital healthcare companies are at the forefront of this evolution and we are looking forward to finding out how they can contribute to the future of medicine.

“The platform we provide at dotMED is synonymous with innovation, enthusiasm and inspiration in medicine and healthcare. We are looking forward to providing a knowledgeable and influential audience to young and enthusiastic companies with ideas that could change the Irish health system for the better.”

A panel of judges including medical, technology and business experts will reside on the Dragons’ Den style panel at the conference. The new companies will pitch their ideas to the panel in front of the audience and the winner will be awarded €1,000.

dotMED2014 aims to expose healthcare professionals to ideas that take place at the interface of medicine, technology and the humanities. Among the speakers at this year’s conference are Kevin Barry, prize-winning Irish author; Dr Marc Triola, founding director of the NYU Langone Medical Centre Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME); Marie Ennis-O’Connor, award-winning Australia-based health blogger; and acclaimed medical rapper Dr Zubin Damania.

Dr Louise Aronson, a geriatrician, writer, medical educator and associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), will also speak at the conference.

Applications for the start-up pitch open on Thursday, 10 July, and will close on Friday, 10 October, 2014. 

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years