Frequently Asked Questions

Explore answers to frequently asked questions about the Henry Ford Innovations: Breaking Barrier in Representation Challenge.

Do I need to have an established business to apply?

No, we welcome all aspiring Innovators and entrepreneurs that are focused on healthcare. Locally available applicants will be given priority based on the ability to join events in-person.

What is the grand prize?

The winning solution will have access to Henry Ford clinical and administrative subject matter experts, access to Henry Ford Innovations commercialization support, networks, and dedicated office space in the Innovation Institute for six months. The winner receives $20,000 USD cash prize for the development of their concept.

When are applications due?

Please see the Challenge Timeline for the full schedule. 

Should I provide confidential/proprietary information on the application?

No, please do not include confidential information on the application. See Contest Rules for more information.

What is my application being judged on?

Applications will be judged on a number of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Innovation and novelty of submission
  • Clinical impact
  • Cost impact
  • User appeal and potential for widespread adoption and scale
  • Degree of development
  • Usability and design

When will I be notified if I have moved onto the next round and how?

Please see the Challenge Timeline page for the full schedule. All applicants will be notified of their standing via email from Henry Ford Health.

Is there any cost to apply?

No, the application is free of cost.

Why work with Henry Ford Health?

For over 100 years, Henry Ford Health has been a leader in high quality healthcare delivery and innovation. As a fully-integrated health system (including a wholly-owned payer) with 7 hospitals and over 120 ambulatory care sites, Henry Ford Health offers numerous resources such as access to lab space, data, and subject matter experts across a range of health areas that can be used in co-developing technologies.

Want to get involved?
Reach out to the Henry Ford Innovations team. 

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