Let's outrun heart disease.
According to the WHO, heart and vascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally. More than 17 million people died from cardiovascular illnesses and related causes in 2016. That’s 18% of all disease related deaths.
The WHO estimates up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. Through dietary and lifestyle interventions – reducing alcohol and drug use, sport, or through early detection and diagnosis and more clinical measures. We are confident the solutions are out there – and that you have them. We want to bring your idea to life!
Prevention is better than cure.
You would change your oil before your car breaks down, right? The same principle applies to the human body. However, despite ballooning healthcare costs over the last decade, the current healthcare systems do not encourage innovation in prevention. We need to change this, and we know the ideas are out there!
Is your innovation up to the challenge?
Are you working on an innovation for preventing cardiovascular disease and eager to take it to the next step? From idea to startup, from tackling behavioural risks or early detection and diagnostics, let’s make it happen! Join the Beat Challenge 2019 and pitch a help request on your preventive product to our jury.
November 22, 2018
You can now apply for the challenge! You do not need to complete the entire application in one go. You will be guided through the application process after you fill in your details on the Apply page.
January 13, 2019
Don't wait too long! Make sure to have your pitches and additional details in by 11:59pm on January 13. Please make sure to have all parts of your application, including uploads, complete before this date. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, so don't wait too long!
January 23, 2019
Semi-Finals @ eHealth Week
A pre-selection of inventions will be made by our experts. These inventions are invited to pitch their ideas in front of the jury, during the eHealth week. It is possible to present through a livestream.
March 12, 2019
Finals @ Zorg & ICT Week
The best inventions from the Semi-Finals are selected to proceed to the final, held during the week of Zorg & ICT at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Here, the innovators get the stage to convince the jury that they are the winners, and ask for their help to bring their innovation to market – be it access to money, to coaching and guidance, or to help overcome visibility and regulatory challenges.
NLC was founded in 2014 based on one simple observation: due to market complexities and fragmentation at least 95% of healthtech inventions never reach the patient, regardless of their relevance or brilliance. We have designed a bold model to create early stage healthtech ventures. Our model and mission is fully aligned to bring science to life. We do this by working with leading European research institutes, first-class hospitals, successful entrepreneurs, world-class capital, innovative SMEs, global market leaders and the whole range of service providers. Together we build life-changing healthtech ventures. Let’s unite different worlds and work together, make it happen and reimagine the impossible.
Find out more at: nlc.health.
We bring together the best tech, the best people, and the best capital, in order to bring your healthtech innovation to the society. We excel in assembling the best team to guide your innovation to the patient. We have access to a broad network consisting of medical, legal, financial experts, and more, which you will be able to access, alongside shared services that help position your innovation to succeed.
BeBright is a fast-growing strategy and innovation firm, that focuses on accelerating innovation and setting up innovation processes. As certified B Corporation, we are using business as a force for good. We combine thought leadership and change leadership in several sectors of which Health (cure and care) and Social Domain are the main focus areas. We connect our knowledge and our networks across markets, sectors and national boundaries to realize collaboratively sustainable growth. Lead the future, BeBright!
Find out more at: bebright.eu.
We have a deep knowledge of trends, developments and successful innovation in Healthcare. We offer you access to our extended network in Dutch Healthcare (both Cure and Care), with a lot of innovative companies.
The Dutch Heart Foundation was established for the control of cardiovascular diseases and for the improvement of the survival chances and the quality of life of cardiovascular patients. Therefore, the Heart Foundation invests in scientific research to identify causes of cardiovascular disease and to put new medical applications into practice.
The research of the Heart Foundation has contributed to breakthroughs in the field of improved surgical techniques, such as open heart surgery, heart-lung machine and better medication. Research is possible thanks to donors’ money. In addition to research, the Heart Foundation is also involved in prevention, patient care and information-dissemination about cardiac disease.
Find out more at: hartstichting.nl (Dutch-only)
Hartstichting is well-positioned to bring your innovation forward. Based on your request to the jury, we will establish how we can best help you.
Rabobank is a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands. As no other bank we participate in local networks and we stimulate innovation and growth of entrepreneurs. For example, Rabobank is involved as a partner in over 60 incubators and accelerator programs in the Netherlands, bringing in mentoring, knowledge, networks and financing.
Find out more at: rabobank.com
We have a clear vision on the healthcare sector. We offer you access to a broad network in Cure and Care to bring your innovation to life – including our innovation network and that of our partners. While there is no direct financing available, we’re also happy to put you in touch with investors who can indeed finance your venture.
The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports is responsible for public health, health care, quality of life, social work and sport. Their ambition is to keep everyone healthy for as long as possible and cure the sick as fast as possible.
We are all getting older and staying vital for longer. In addition, we can treat more and more diseases. At the same time, people are worried about the future of care, which costs a lot of money and suffers a shortage of employees. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport wants people to be able to trust that the healthcare is good, affordable and available.
Find out more at: government.nl.
You can get access to the extensive network of the Ministry. This includes programs such as Zorg Voor Innoveren, RVO, Health Holland, and more. You can spend a day at the Ministry to explore how we can be of help. Furthermore, you will have access to our knowledge base, allowing you to seek out answers. If we don’t have the answer you’re looking for, we will help you look for it.
Founder and CEO
NLC | The Healthtech Venture Builder
Bert-Arjan Millenaar is the founder and CEO of NLC – The Healthtech Venture Builder. He has over seventeen years of experience in business development and growth strategies (KPN, Scarlet). The simple discovery that many science-based healthtech inventions do not reach the people who need them most lead Bert-Arjan to found NLC in 2014. NLC unifies the best tech, the best people and the best capital to bring science-based healthtech inventions to life.
Maaike de Vries
Entrepreneur, Advisor, Director, Writer
The common thread in the career of Maaike de Vries, PhD, in and around healthcare, is getting people and organizations moving and contributing to tangible growth. She runs a small company for innovation, ideas and advice ‘Springh’. Maaike is chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Positive Health and member of the Supervisory Board of GGZ Rivierduinen. The past years she wrote multiple books: ‘Eet beter met huisarts Tamara de Weijer’ (bestseller 2018 with Tamara de Weijer & Tessy van den Boom); ‘Hoe word ik een Supervetverbrander’ (bestseller 2018); ‘Zo werkt de zorg in Nederland’ (bestseller 2014 with Jenny Kossen).
Philip J. Idenburg
Philip J. Idenburg is a trend watcher, scenario planner and future explorer and managing partner at BeBright. With the recent, well-know publications such as ‘Diagnosis Healthcare transformation’, Healthcare Enablers’, ‘Healthcare Innovation’ Philip has proven be a thought leader in healthcare transformation with extended knowledge about current trends and developments and a clear vision of the Dutch health & healthcare.
Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport
Erik Gerritsen is on a mission to innovate in the Dutch healthcare system, as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health. Until 2007, Erik Gerritsen worked as a municipal secretary and until 2009 as a knowledge ambassador for the municipality of Amsterdam. From 2009 to 2014 as CEO of the Youth Care Agency Agglomeration Amsterdam and from 2014 to 2015, Gerritsen worked as chairman of the Youth Protection Region Amsterdam.
Dutch Heart Foundation
Floris Italianer is currently the CEO of the Dutch Heart Foundation and Vice President of the European Heart Network, and has an extensive background in business. Floris is also a Board Member of the World Heart Federation. He has specific experience in management and business acumen, health systems finance, fundraising and marketing and has held Board positions in various non-profit organisations. He has a special interest in stimulating the exchange, comparison and building upon each other’s programs, agenda’s and activities. This role would allow Floris to contribute, specifically on subjects, challenges and opportunities in his field of expertise on one hand and his CEO role within the Dutch Heart Foundation on the other.
Michel van Schaik
Michel is responsible for the management of the healthcare portfolio, one of the focus sectors of Rabobank. This includes financial services for the whole healthcare market: from individual healthcare professionals and startups to academic hospitals. He is chairman of the healthcare committee of the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) and has several non-executive board positions in leading healthcare organisations.
If your invention is a solution based on prevention of a cardiovascular problem, you can generally participate in the challenge. Your innovation can be a service, a tool, a product, a medical device, an app, a campaign or a combination of these, and can tackle prevention from any angle. Prevent the disease, slow the progression, delay its onset, or stop the disease in its tracks – all make for very compelling entries!
For sure! This is an international challenge, and we invite everyone around the world to participate.
The challenge is completely free to participate in. However, expenses incurred by you or your team for travel and living, and other expenses of a similar nature, can not be reimbursed.
Yes, but the pitch needs to be done by one person. Do keep in mind that any expenses made by you or your team can not be reimbursed.
We accept ideas in all stages pre-market. We refer to the Technology Readiness Level scale when judging your innovation, of which a good overview can be found here. As long as your innovation is on this scale, it’s eligible to apply.
All complete applications for 2019 and the pitches need to be with us by January 13 11:59pm.
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A bundle of services and products will be provided by the partners, and this depends heavily on your specific case. This bundle can include access to their networks, and other services that help you bring your innovation to life. Make clear to the judges what your innovation needs to become successful!
Intellectual property rights, including copyright, remain property of the participant at all times. Check our complete Terms and Conditions for the exact manner in which we deal with your rights
No. It’s all about the content, and the video gives a personal touch to your submission.
No, for the Semi-Finals you can join in through a livestream. More details will be communicated to you if you are selected.
Yes, we do require you to present your innovation to the judges in person for the finals. This makes your presentation more personal and more tangible to us.