The New York City
American Heart Association
Open Innovation Challenge

Health sciences

The American Heart Association mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, and stroke is No. 4. We need your help to save lives and meet our 2020 Impact Goal: By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Since 1949 the American Heart Association has awarded more than $3.6B in research grants making the AHA the 2nd largest source of funding behind only the National Institutes of Health. 13 Nobel Prize winners were American Heart Association grant recipients and in Fiscal Year 2013, the American Heart Association Founders Affiliate (comprising the 8 Northeast states) awarded 336 grants totaling more than $73M.

Cardiovascular health touches all aspects of our lives — from diet and exercise, to hypertension and blood pressure. There are many solutions and lifestyle changes people can make to improve their health and wellness, and we want to hear about your innovative ideas using information technology.

Our 2015 Open Innovation Challenge invites you to create a solution and submit your early stage product that helps people prevent and/or manage cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know the next big idea is out there in the crowd, and our challenges give innovators the chance to win funding, sign up early adopters, and share their invention with the world.

The top three winning projects will receive funding totaling $25,000, and a chance to meet, mingle and present at the American Heart Association's Health Sciences Innovation · Investment Forum in New York City, April 22, 2015. Click below for more information and to apply!