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Innovation Challenge Details 


The Mednexus Innovation Challenge is a competition that encourages high school students to participate in designing ideas for the future of healthcare through purpose-driven education. Teams of 2-5 students, ages 14-18, from will come up with products or service ideas to address any of the following healthcare challenges areas:


  • Advancing Telemedicine 
  •  Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults  
  • Enhancing Soft Skills in Healthcare 


What does the Mednexus Innovation Challenge Involve?


Phase 1: Application Process 

Students are encouraged to find a team and research the 3 challenge areas (Advancing Telemedicine, Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults and Enhancing Soft Skills in Healthcare) to determine where they can adopt a change or improvement. Register your team online and explain in the application the product/service concept and how it creates a solution to the challenge.


Applications Open: Monday, August 23rd

Applications Close: Sunday, September 19


Once the UNF team receives applications, they will pick a max of 5 teams to participate in the Mednexus Innovation Challenge. Decisions will be released by October 1st.  


Phase 2*: The Business Plan (*If Selected)

Throughout October, the 5 teams chosen to participate will develop a strategic Business Plan to support their product/service. The University of North Florida will connect each team with a Brooks College of Health mentor to provide feedback on their business model and pitch. 


All final pitch presentation material must be submitted to UNF team by Sunday, October 31st. 


Phase 3: The Pitch  

The Mednexus Innovation Challenge culminates at the Pitch Competition where teams present their innovations before an esteemed panel of expert judges. Teams are scored and provided on-the-spot feedback from the judging panel, like on the hit TV show “Shark Tank.” This unique event gives students direct exposure to industry experts, corporations, investors and universities.


Thursday, November 4th

5:00 -7:00 pm  

Palm Coast City Hall
160 Lake Ave, Palm Coast, FL 32164


1st place winner-- $1500 scholarship prize money per team member 
2nd place winner-- $1250 scholarship prize money per team member 
3rd place winner-- $750 scholarship prize money per team member


By the end of the Challenge, students become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, tech and health-related issues through utilizing their creativity and critical-thinking skills!



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