HIMSS and Health 2.0 European Conference Helsinki, Finland 7-9 September 2020

Be a Changemaker #HIMSSEurope20
7-9 September, 2020 | Helsinki, Finland

Startups, here is all you need to know

VentureConnect (formerly known as EC2VC) includes a dynamic pitch competition for startups and SMEs looking for funding. 10 companies will be selected and invited to present their solutions in front of a jury of the most influential digital health investors in Europe. Presenters will introduce their solution in a 4-minute pitch, followed by 6 minutes of Q&A.

2 winners will be announced in 2 categories:

  • Shoot”, for companies pitching their first investment
  • Bloom”, for companies looking for follow up investment

Winners from previous years all say their participation in VentureConnect help them secure investments within the next 6 months.

Key info:

Application deadline: 12 June

Confirmation of finalists: 6 July

VentureConnect: 7 September, 14:00-16:45, at the Messukeskus Expo & Convention Centre, Helsinki


Headquarters in Europe

Solution live and available on the market (no concept, no prototype)

Company currently looking for first or follow up investment

Applicants at least 18 years of age

English-language submissions only

Competition Judging Criteria

Submissions for the competition will be reviewed by an independent panel of investors and digital experts who will select the 10 finalists that will be invited to pitch in Helsinki. Their selection will be based on unique value proposition, competitive advantage and potential for growth.

The onsite panel of judges will be made of influential investors focused on digital health: business angels, VCs, and corporate investors. The same criteria will be used at the live pitch competition, adding your presentation skills and the strength of your pitch as a criteria.


Description of Prizes (in development):

A trophy worth tweeting about

A press release widely disseminated through HIMSS and Health 2.0 channels

An article in MobiHealthNews

An interview featured on HIMSS TV relayed through HIMSS and Health 2.0 channels and made available for startups to use for further promotions

Live demo of your solutions at one of our future HIMSS & Health 20 events

Free one-year HIMSS membership

Winners’ Announcement

The onsite judging will happen in real time and pitch competition winners will be announced at the end of VentureConnect on 7 September. The HIMSS TV interview will also be recorded onsite right after the event. The press release and article in MobiHealthNews will follow within the next 2-3 days.

Please read the full terms and conditions, here.

Questions? Please contact Lorena Macnaughtan at lmacnaughtan@himss.org

Application process

There is no cost to submit your application to the VentureConnect pitch competition.

Please have a pitch presentation ready to submit when starting filling in the form – see an example slide deck template.

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