Innovators’ Challenge

The Innovators’ Challenge is a brand new event being organized by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to fund innovative medical devices in development at VCH. 

Funding partner

This competition is supported by VCH Research Institute and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Funding is contingent on best efforts fundraising.


The innovative medical device project must be developed at a VCH site AND meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrates savings to the health care system
  • Has extraordinary patient impact/improves outcomes
  • Has business/commercialization potential 


To be considered for this funding opportunity, submit the following to by Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00am:

  1. Abstract (300 word limit)
  2. Budget request up to $75,000 (one page maximum)

By submitting to this funding opportunity, you agree to share this information with VCHRI administrative staff, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation administrative staff and its Advisory Panel and if selected, participate in the Innovators’ Challenge as detailed below. If your project is selected, the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation will be in touch with you.

If your project is selected, the following commitments are required:
Pre-Event (January – early March 2018):

  • Prepare presentation
  • Provide bio and research information for promotional material
  • Attend up to 3 Foundation meetings, ~3hours in total

Day of Event (March 2018)

  • Attend and present your work at the evening event, ~5hours in total

Contact information

Kerri Abramson, Manager, Research Education & Internal Awards