What are the application questions?

The application includes around 20 questions and you will also be required to submit a video. We recommend that you complete the application from a computer.

Download a copy of the application questions here.

I live/work/study overseas, can I still apply for Origin?

To be eligible for Origin, at least one team member must be based in Japan.

If you are currently overseas, e.g. for work or study but fit within the eligibility above and a team member can attend the in-person components of the program in Singapore then, yes, we would encourage you to apply.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Makenzie Thomas – makenzie@medtechactuator.com.

What are the eligibility criteria for Origin?

Applicants to MedTech Actuator Origin must:

  • Have a research project, idea or innovation in human health;
  • Be highly motivated to learn about innovation commercialisation, and Singapore’s health startup ecosystem;
  • Be able to attend all program activities scheduled on the key dates listed above; and,
  • Be an early-stage startup based in Japan with at least one Japanese team member.

At MedTech Actuator, we’re for innovators. This means creating opportunities for innovators from all corners of the system, and from multiple backgrounds and contexts.  MedTech Actuator encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please reach out to the team if you have any questions about your eligibility.

What are the time commitments of Origin?

Attendance at the following events is expected of one representative per team:

  • Bootcamp – August 2 – 3, from ~10:00 am – 5:00 pm (JST)
  • Origin semifinal – August 3, from 6 pm – 8:30 pm (JST)
  • MedTech Actuator Showcase Singapore and Origin final – September 6

What are the key activities of Origin?

Over the months of July to September, participants will take part in the following activities:

  • Bootcamp  – August 2–3 and September 3–5

Come together for a two-day bootcamp in July, where you’ll be introduced to topics such as idea validation, pitching, professional development, structuring your company, tax and legal considerations, navigating Singapore’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures. If you get through the semifinal, we welcome you to join the next 3-day bootcamp in September.

  • Semifinal – August 3

Alongside other Origin semifinalists, you’ll pitch your innovation in front of selected MedTech Actuator ecosystem stakeholders for a place in the Origin finals in September at the MedTech Actuator Showcase Singapore.

  • MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin final – September 6

Join MedTech Actuator and the ecosystem for a formal gala dinner to celebrate innovation in healthcare! Origin finalists will pitch for three mins to the audience with the Origin winner announced on the evening.