The Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge will accelerate up to eight early-stage companies operating in Berkshire Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties. Finalists will participate in acceleration workshops, work with expert mentors, and pitch their concepts. Expert judges will award a $50,000 Innovation Grant to the top team, and a $25,000 Innovation Grant to the runner-up.
The challenge is funded in part by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts.
Lever Challenge Alumni: Cindy Bistany, Steve Milt, and Will Hargett of Zeptive
2024 Western Mass Health Technology Challenge Finalists:
Ernest Pharmaceuticals - Hadley, MA
Ernest Pharmaceuticals seeks to create a novel bacterial platform that revolutionizes cancer treatment success through innovations in intracellular macromolecule delivery.
Ocus Health - West Springfield, MA
Ocus provides personalized medical lab services to bridge this gap and make lab services more accessible. We give the patient the flexibility and convenience to schedule labs when and where they want.
Organicin Scientific, Inc. - Amherst, MA
Organicin Scientific, Inc. discovers and develops bacteriocins to prevent disease and improve health. In the face of antimicrobial resistance, there is an urgent need for antibiotic alternatives that can mitigate disease challenges, in both agriculture and human health.
Ready Set Recover - Stockbridge, MA
Ready Set Recover is an online wellness platform empowering people to prepare for and recover from surgery with less stress, so they get better, faster. Learn more
The Berkshire Innovation Center (Pittsfield) is offering a one-year full membership at the BIC at no charge to the winner of the challenge ($2500 value for startups). Members get access to BIC equipment and facilities at heavily discounted prices.BIC Equipment List >
The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (UMass Amherst) also has these facilities available for finalists.Learn more >
LAB RENTAL OPTIONS
The Institute for Applied Life Sciences also has other rental options.Learn more >