MedTech Actuator Origin is an early-stage innovation program that turbocharges the development of emerging human health technologies and solutions across Australia and Asia-Pacific.
At MedTech Actuator, we believe that startup founders are superheroes and all superheroes have a beginning. MedTech Actuator Origin offers emerging founders and entrepreneurs the opportunity to dive into the MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup ecosystem and learn how to transform from idea to early-stage startup.
The winner of MedTech Actuator Origin will get a share of the $10K prize pool, over $5k worth of in-kind support as well as gain access to fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023.
MedTech Actuator Origin is supported by LaunchVic and the REDI Initiative, powered by MTPConnect.
Qualifying teams will join MedTech Actuator in Melbourne for an intensive sprint, where, over three days, they’ll learn from industry experts, pressure test their innovations, network with a cohort, gain exposure to the startup ecosystem and health innovation, and pitch for an opportunity to receive a cash prize sponsored by industry leaders.
Three days of learning, where you’ll dive into the world of entrepreneurship and commercialisation, including workshops, founder stories, panel discussions, activities, and heaps more.
Rapid fire round, semifinal, and final
Bring it all together and pitch to industry leaders at the Rapid fire round, then semi-final and, then finally, in the final at the MedTech Actuator Showcase.
A share of the $10K prize pool, over $5k worth of in-kind support, and a fast-tracked entry into MedTech Actuator Accelerator 2023.
The Origin experience
from industry experts, founders, and MedTech Actuator
pressure test and turbocharge your project turning it into an early-stage startup
connect with a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs.
your team to the MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startup ecosystem.
your project, idea or innovation to the industry.
over $15k worth of cash prizes and in-kind support.
your idea into an early-stage venture.
2022 Program Dates
Applications open – Sep 1 – Oct 7
Intensive sprint (Melbourne) – October 25 – 27
Rapid fire round (Melbourne) – October 26
Semifinal (Melbourne) – October 27
MedTech Actuator Showcase and Origin final (Melbourne) – Dec 1
Origin is an in-person program, based in Melbourne. Qualifying teams should be prepared to send one team representative to Melbourne for the intensive sprint and finals. Travel stipends are available for interstate participants to attend.
Applicants to the Origin program must:
Have a research project, idea or innovation in human health;
And, for this project, idea or innovation to be in its early stages of development;
Be highly motivated to learn about innovation commercialisation, as well as Australia’s health, medical and biotechnology startup ecosystem;
Be able to attend all program (in-person and online) activities scheduled on the key dates listed above; and,
Have at least one team member based in Australia.
Hear from past contestants
At the MedTech Actuator, we’re for innovators. And 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.