Sponsored by ChristchurchNZ, Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) and Ryman Healthcare, the HealthTech Supernode Challenge aims to identify and generate commercially viable solutions that address real healthcare problems, with a special focus on the Aged Care and Rural New Zealand sectors.
The 22 challenge semi-finalists went through an intensive six-week accelerator programme, working through key development phases for their venture including market validation, product development, business models, investment, and more. They have received guidance and support from the innovation community, working alongside startup incubator, Te Ōhaka, and founder incubator, ThincLab.
From this programme, judges selected eight finalists who will pitch their ventures at the final Demo and Awards Evening to the expert judging panel which includes media commentator and microbiologist, Dr. Siouxsie Wiles, and Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Health.
The Demo and Awards Evening takes place on 22 October at Manawa in the heart of Christchurch’s Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct, and winners will be announced on the night.
Boyd Warren, ChristchurchNZ’s General Manager – Innovation & Business Growth, said hosting the Challenge in Ōtautahi Christchurch has reinforced the city’s reputation as New Zealand’s testbed for healthtech innovation.