Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation


Penn Medicine, UPstart at CTT, Safeguard Scientifics and First Round Capital are excited to announce the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. Our goal is to create the connections and support that startups need to succeed in health care. The Forum will provide unique access to health system and UPenn leaders, regional investors and key industry partners who can help companies secure talent, clinical access, data, funding, and business models.

Register to join us
We are excited to have everyone interested in driving health care innovation in Philadelphia join us! Applications to present and reserve table space closed Monday, January 13, 2014, but you can still register to attend by clicking here.

The first half of the Forum will highlight selected applicants in formal 10-minute pitch sessions. But our objective is to support many more entrepreneurs than just those selected to present. The second half of the forum will be an open networking session set up to maximize the collision rate between startups with needs and people who can help. Beyond the industry experts, we're partnering with schools and clubs from across the Penn campus - from engineering and design to Wharton and the nursing school - to attract talented individuals and thought leaders with the skills and interest to accelerate new companies in this space.


Penn Medicine Defibrillator Design Challenge

Can public design and social media save lives? That’s what we’re trying to figure out with the newly launched Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge, a nationwide contest that uses public art and design to raise awareness about life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The contest launched at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station with an inaugural design called AED Hero, created by a University of Pennsylvania School of Design team. It features social media-inspired furniture intended to create a conversation space around an AED design and serve as a literal call out to the public to engage them in a dialogue about public health.

The project includes a nationwide, online contest in which the public can create, submit and vote on virtual designs for eye-catching AED artwork. Winners receive cash prizes, the chance to be featured at a prominent Philadelphia public space and an outlet for their creativity that can help save real people’s lives.

Learn more and participate by clicking here.

Past Events


On April 3, The Center for Health Care Innovation hosted the Penn Medicine Connected Health Symposium, a special event where leading-edge innovators from the Penn community and from industry’s most exciting new companies presented ways they are reimagining health care delivery - monitoring and engaging patients beyond traditional venues - to enable novel interventions and better patient outcomes.