Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge

Got a great idea to improve health or health care? Help make your dream a reality with the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge, sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for InnovationMayo Clinic Ventures and AVIA. Entrepreneurs will compete for a total of $100,000 in awards. In addition, Mayo Clinic experts will guide winners for a year as they develop their concepts for market.


This year's Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge themes are:

• Got Health?  This challenge will focus on healthy people staying healthy and will explore areas such as eating healthy, monitoring risk factors and daily exercise.

• I am NOT my Disease. This challenge will tackle the presumption that people are defined by their disease and will explore areas such as access to health data, health literacy and behavior modification



Application deadline for the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge is August 15, 2015.



Challenge #1:  Got Health?

This Challenge focuses on healthy people staying healthy.  While most of us know that staying healthy matters, few of us fully embrace healthy living.  Time scarcity, financial concerns, family responsibilities and job security often make preserving our own health a very low priority. The Mayo Clinic strives to break that cycle.  Our BIG question is:  How can we move towards healthier lifestyles and how can healthcare providers become more active partners in supporting health? 


We seek entrepreneurs with solutions that impact any of the following health goals: 

    •    Improve wellbeing and/or daily exercise 

    •    Improve functional status/role functioning

    •    Monitor risk factors/vital signs

    •    Promote consumption of recommended amounts of fruits & vegetables

    •    Encourage smoking cessation

    •    Reduce excessive alcohol consumption

    •    Reduce obesity

    •    Expand connections to support communities/coaches


Challenge #2: I am NOT my disease

This Challenge tackles the presumption that people are defined by their disease.  While management of chronic conditions requires ongoing discipline, it does not need to be life-defining. The Mayo Clinic strives to empower people to more effectively and independently take control of how they manage their disease(s).  Our BIG question is: What is needed to put the person in the driver’s seat?


We seek entrepreneurs with solutions that impact any of the following personal empowerment goals:

    •    Offer convenient access to services across diverse populations

    •    Focus on health literacy  

    •    Integrate social determinants/personal values 

    •    Expand availability/application of health data

    •    Improve communication/connections across the care continuum

    •    Incentivize behavior modification


Successful proposals will aspire to impact people everywhere, every day, which most likely means that solutions will need to leverage digital technology to fully reach their potential.  


The final competition for the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge will occur on Thursday night, October 1 at Transform 2015 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. A panel of judges will guide the selection with input from the Transform audience using their smartphones to vote.


Eligibility requirements: All legal residents/entities of the 50 United States or District of Columbia who are, as of the date of entry, the age of majority in their state or jurisdiction of residence are eligible to enter the Challenge; however, persons who are officers, directors, and/or employees (and members of their household or their immediate family, i.e. spouse, parent, child, sibling, step-parent, the “step” of each of the aforementioned and their household members) of Sponsor and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors advertising, Challenge/web design and fulfillment agencies, collectively referred to as “Sponsor & Others” and other individuals/entities associated with this Challenge are not eligible to enter or win. 


If you still have any questions about eligibility and/or judging criteria, please read our full rules here



Sponsored by