2021 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy

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2021 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy

June 7 @ 7:00 am - June 9 @ 9:00 am

The 2021 Global Healthcare Innovation Academy (GHIA) event will be held virtually from June 7th – June 9th.

This June, the finest innovations in health and healthcare from Switzerland, Hong Kong, Qatar, and Canada will come together to compete in a virtual scientific and business pitch competition at the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy (GHIA) for funding ($10,000 top prize), international recognition, and networking opportunities.

Event Background
GHIA is a global partnership event that provides a platform for academics, entrepreneurs, and healthcare professionals at any level with support and incentive to identify, nurture, and pioneer innovations in the health system.

This event will be hosted live by St. Michael’s Unity Health Toronto, June 7-9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

Registration details will be announced once available.

We are excited to announce three innovation competition streams for GHIA this year:

• Biomedical (applications closed)
• Social (applications closed)
• COVID-19 (accepting submissions)

Call for Innovations

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected our global community, GHIA will be spotlighting the transformative work that has been rapidly undertaken to address this worldwide phenomenon. Innovators are invited to submit an abstract to apply to compete in the COVID Innovation stream of GHIA.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements

Submissions must pertain to a healthcare or health systems innovation that addresses some aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, that submissions for the biomedical and social innovation competition streams have already been selected through previous competitions.

Applicants will need to submit an abstract (maximum 500 words) detailing:

• A description of your innovative science, technology, or service solution for COVID-19.
• Research you have conducted, or evidence you have collected, to support the need for your innovation (Please provide links or reference evidence or scientific relevance to support your claims).
• What makes your innovation unique.
• Your strategy for further development and sustainability.

Please submit your abstract here. Abstracts must be submitted by April 7, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and up to 10 innovations will be invited to participate in the COVID innovation stream of GHIA by April 15, 2021.

If your innovation is chosen to participate in the COVID innovation stream at GHIA, you will be required to prepare a four-minute pitch video as part of the competition. Instructions will be sent to successful applicants.

Considerations for Applicants

• Please ensure that if you are successful, that at least one member of your team can virtually attend the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy on all three event dates (June 7-9, 2021).
• If you have concerns around the intellectual property (IP) of your innovation, GHIA offers no protection, so please apply at your own discretion.


• COVID Innovation abstract submission deadline – April 7, 2021
• Notification of selection – April 15, 2021
• (For successful applicants only) GHIA Video submission deadline – May 17, 2021



June 7 @ 7:00 am
June 9 @ 9:00 am
Event Category:


Global Health Innovation Academy