What is MedTech Actuator?

MedTech Actuator is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that curates an ecosystem of MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech innovation and investment operating programs across Australia and Asia-Pacific. 

The MedTech Actuator was founded in 2018 by serial MedTech entrepreneurs and health policy experts who understood that MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech ventures require a bespoke acceleration model.

We connect the region’s broad ecosystem to empower founders to build the next wave of global MedTech, HealthTech and BioTech success stories.

MedTech Actuator programs are aimed at startups at different stages – from idea to growth. Programs include MedTech Actuator Origin, MedTech Actuator Accelerator, and MedTech Actuator Global Navigator.

Why should I apply for Origin?

MedTech Actuator Origin is a fantastic opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators to learn and engage with the startup ecosystem, whilst also providing teams with a chance to pitch their ideas. The winner of MedTech Actuator Origin will receive a cash and in-kind prize pack worth over SGD15,000, and fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2025.

If you’re a MedTech, BioTech or HealthTech project looking to transform into a startup, MedTech Actuator Origin will show you the ropes and provide you with a pathway forward. If you’re lucky and have the ability to pitch the house down, then you might even score some equity-free cash while you’re at it. 

Through intensive learning alongside a cohort of founders and innovators, you’ll be exposed to the ecosystem, industry leaders and so much more before you pitch in multiple rounds to score a place at the Origin finals at the MedTech Actuator Showcase. 

Topics covered include idea validation, pitching, professional development, structuring your company, tax and legal considerations, navigating Singapore’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures.

What are the key activities of Origin?

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

  • Pitch Bootcamp  – July 24–25 

Come together for a two-day bootcamp, where you’ll be introduced to topics to elevate your pitch, interact with local founders and mentors, and learn to build your dream team.

  • Semi-final – July 25

Alongside other Origin Semi-finalists, you’ll pitch your innovation in front of selected MedTech Actuator ecosystem stakeholders for a place in the Origin Final in September at the MedTech Actuator Showcase. 

  • Venture Bootcamp – September 3-5

Get through the semifinal to join the next 3-day bootcamp, where you’ll learn about idea validation, professional development, structuring your company, tax and legal considerations, navigating Singapore’s healthcare ecosystem, and funding for early-stage ventures. 

  • MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin Final – September 6

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

What are the time commitments of Origin?

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

  • Online Workshops – July 17-18, from 5 – 7pm
  • Pitch Bootcamp – July 24-25, from 10am – 5pm each day
  • Origin Semi-final – July 25, from 6 – 8:30pm
  • Venture Bootcamp – September 3-5, from 10am – 5pm each day
  • MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin Final – September 6, from 6 – 10pm

What are the eligibility criteria for Origin?

Applicants to MedTech Actuator Origin must:

  • Have a research project/idea/innovation in human health that is not at a stage later than proof of concept;
  • Be able to attend all program activities (in-person and online) scheduled; 
  • Have at least one founder who is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.

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.

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 Singapore.

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 Evon Liu – evon@medtechactuator.com.