USF Students Prepare to Pitch for Healthcare Innovation Competition

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In April 2014, innovators from across the state will share their ideas for revolutionizing the quality and delivery of healthcare in downtown Tampa — and they may receive a chance to make those ideas reality.

On Monday April 7, 2014, at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida students from across the State of Florida will be pitching their ideas for innovations in healthcare. Winning student presentations will receive cash prizes of up to $10,000.00. Florida Blue executives will be on the panel at the event that will evaluate the presentations, along with local business professionals and USF faculty.

Florida Blue and the USF Center for Entrepreneurship are partnering to promote this innovative program to encourage early-stage healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship in the state of Florida. This event is focusing on innovation to make the biggest possible impact in the Florida healthcare industry.

We all really want to change the ecosystem here in Southwest Florida and throughout the state, and the only way we’re going to do that is if we support the earliest stages of healthcare innovation.

Each participant will present for ten minutes and then take seven minutes of questions. The presentation will need to address a challenge currently faced by the healthcare industry.

They have to be laser focused on what’s new and different about the innovation, identify a solution for solving a problem in healthcare, and articulate how this new innovation will positively impact the quality and delivery of healthcare.

I am excited to see what these students’ innovators will bring to the table as my background is in developing successful commercialized medical and diagnostic products. Some of these include sustained release anti-cancer drugs, dermatologic products, and vaccines for the prevention of human and animal diseases.

What this shows is at USF and other colleges and universities across the State of Florida, students are doing an exceptional job of developing new innovations that are worthy of serious consideration.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a nationally ranked, interdisciplinary center, and is part of the USF College of Business, in collaboration with the USF College of Engineering, the Morsani College of Medicine, and the Patel College of Global Sustainability.

To access the application, please click on the link Application-State-of-Florida-Healthcare-Innovation-Competition

Dr. Michael Fountain

Dr. Michael Fountain

Dr. Fountain currently serves as the Founding Director of the University of South Florida's (USF) Interdisciplinary, Cross-Campus Center for Entrepreneurship, where he directs the University-wide Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Entrepreneurship, the Interdisciplinary USF Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and the Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies and graduate coursework in entrepreneurship for business and engineering students.

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