Health Futures Challenge

A presenter at the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition during his live pitch.

Ovana Life Sciences pitches at the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition.

UB students, faculty and community members of WNY present innovative ideas for clinical trial improvement, community health data collection, hospital improvements and more.

Solve Problems in the Health Economy

The Health Futures Challenge brings together UB students, local business professionals, and UB faculty to form teams and pitch ideas to improve the health economy. 

This is an opportunity for a diverse group of people to address all aspects of the vast ecosystem that the health economy is comprised of.

Be bold! Create teams that break down silos and increase innovative ideas.

What You Need to Apply

Develop an idea that fits into one of the following categories: healthy economy, clinical trials, healthy hospitals and public data collection. 
  • An executive summary and, 
  • A 2-minute video pitch describing your idea 

Finalist teams will present live on Friday, March 27.

Apply here by noon on Monday, March 23. 

Challenge Categories

Healthy Economy

UB students, local business professionals, and UB faculty pitch ideas to improve the health economy. Choose any area in our health industry ecosystem that frustrates you and pitch ideas to improve it.

This is an opportunity for a diverse set of people to address the need to improve any aspect of the vast ecosystem that the health industry is comprised of.

Need a few starter ideas to help begin a brainstorm and form a team? We got you covered. Here are a few general areas that are ripe for innovation:

  • Increase health outcomes while reducing costs of health care
  • Increase satisfaction of all stakeholders (or a sub population) in the health industry
  • Increase transparency across all stakeholders (or a sub population) in the health industry
  • Reduce redundancies that exist in the health care industry

Clinical Trials

UB students from a variety of backgrounds, professionals in drug research and development, and faculty will pitch ideas to improve the current clinical trial workflow process.

This is an opportunity for a diverse set of people to address the need to develop new drug therapies, gain FDA approval, and bring them to market in a more efficient and less costly manner.

Need a few starter ideas to help begin a brainstorm and form a team? We got you covered. Here are a few general areas that are ripe for innovation:

  • Improve patient data collection quality
  • Improve outreach for study participants
  • Increase communication among FDA, drug and development professionals, and IRB
  • Reduce redundancies that exist in the ecosystem of clinical trials

Be bold! Create teams that break down silos and increase innovative ideas. Here is one example of a team to help generate ideas: a computer science student, a faculty member from the business school, a drug and research professional, an IRB professional, and a public health student could make a great team.

Hospital Efficiencies

UB students from a variety of backgrounds, health care providers, and faculty pitch ideas to improve hospital business operations that result in better patient care, increased efficiency, and better ROI for all of the entities involved both in the hospital and its ecosystem.

This is an opportunity for a diverse set of people to address the demands that hospitals face on a daily basis.

Need a few starter ideas to help begin a brainstorm and form a team? We got you covered. Here are a few general areas that are ripe for innovation:

  • Increase time patients have with providers
  • Decrease time that providers spend with administrative work
  • Increase communication between the various departments that comprise a hospital to maximize resources and reduce redundancies
  • Create a plan that educates patients from entrance to discharge that fosters better collaboration among providers and patients

Be bold! Create teams that break down silos and increase innovative ideas. Here is one example of a team to help generate ideas.

An art student, a faculty member from the business school, a medical student, a physician from a local hospital, and a public health student could make a great team.

Public Data Collection

UB students from a variety of backgrounds, public health professionals, and faculty pitch ideas to improve the public health data collection process.

This is an opportunity for a diverse set of people to address the need to develop improved methods to capture public health data that informs new research ideas and public health policy changes.

Need a few starter ideas to help begin a brainstorm and form a team? We got you covered. Here are a few general areas that are ripe for innovation:

  • Improve efficiency of public health data collection 
  • Increase awareness among community members of the importance of public data collection
  • Increase communication among all stakeholders in the ecosystem of public data collection
  • Reduce redundancies that exist in the ecosystem of public data collection

Be bold! Create teams that break down silos and increase innovative ideas. Here is one example of a team to help generate ideas.

A computer science student, a media study student, a faculty member from the School of Architecture and Planning, and a public health student could make a great team.