Innovators’ Challenge

The Innovators’ Challenge is an annual evening event organized by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to raise funds for medical devices at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The inaugural event in April 2018 raised over $310,000 to support inventive and creative solutions that are being developed to transform health care for all British Columbians. The next Innovators’ Challenge event will be in May 14, 2019.


The Innovators’ Challenge is a partnership event between VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and VCH Research Institute (VCHRI). Funding is contingent on best efforts fundraising, with the goal of raising $75K for each participating project.


All projects submitted for potential inclusion in the 2019 Innovators’ Challenge must be developed in connection to either VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong or one of VCH’s community health centres 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
  • Awards are open to health care professionals, clinicians and researchers.


As one of the three selected finalists for the 2019 Innovators’ Challenge, you will receive:

  • Eligibility to win the $25,000 Bradshaw Prize and philanthropic donations to fund your project
  • One-on-one coaching to build a business case for your project and improve your pitch deck
  • Promotion of your project via VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s online channels
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend the 2019 Innovators’ Challenge and network with philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs and prominent business executives from the life science, biotech and high-tech industries


To be considered for this funding opportunity, submit your application by Monday, October 8, 2018.

If your project is selected, the following commitments are required:

  • Pre-Event (January – April 2019)
  • Prepare presentation
  • Provide bio and research information for promotional material
  • Attend up to 4 Foundation meetings, ~5 hours in total
  • Day of Event (May 14, 2019)
  • Attend and present your work at the Innovators’ Challenge evening event, ~5 hours in total