Welcome to Shark Tank and March Madness
all rolled into one


What is it?

Eighteen entrepreneurs will take the stage and put their ideas head to head in a bracket-style competition.

Contestants will pitch an original business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, industry experts, potential investors, students, and business and community leaders. You have 2 minutes to pitch your idea followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with a panel of expert judges. Those who purchase the Entrepreneur Experience Package will have the opportunity to apply. The date of the competition is August 23, 2017. 

The winner will be announced at the General Session that day.



Keynote presentation at the closing plenary session :: You’ll be invited to speak. To the entire Health:Further audience.

Healthbox Chicago Studio :: The Healthbox Chicago Studio is a 5-day program (Oct. 9 - 13) dedicated to advancing innovative digital health solutions.

Post-festival digital features :: We’ll work with you to promote your business through our digital community.


About Healthbox:  Healthbox is a healthcare innovation services firm. Their products and services, ranging from consulting to fund management, empower healthcare organizations to build and sustain innovation initiatives that deliver results at market speed. They have a long track record of identifying, developing, evaluating, and advancing high-potential ideas to help organizations build and sustain internal innovation initiatives through commercialization projects and entrepreneurial programs.


We’ve partnered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) to select a fantastic panel of judges.

About Nashville EC: The EC was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Nashville community with a vision to be the front door to the City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The EC’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs with the critical resources to create, launch and grow businesses.  Core programming includes advisors, community events, entrepreneur education and industry-immersive insights in healthcare (Project Healthcare) and music (Project Music).


Space is limited to 18 contestants. The Health:Further Team will select from the applicant pool, and contestants will be notified two weeks prior to the festival.

Any startup that would like to pitch for the purposes of receiving feedback, the prizes listed above, and exposure to the industry may apply. 

Submissions may be entered as individuals or pairs, but no more than 2 individuals can pitch. Each contestant may enter only one idea or concept.

You will be notified ahead of time whether or not you are selected to pitch.

If you are not selected to pitch, we’d still love to have you attend Health:Further. There will be the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and learn about the industry in a variety of other ways.