Student Challenge

 This challenge is open to currently enrolled students in Canada.

The first 20 teams to submit a project will get a $50 Amazon gift card per team member!

Be at the Heart of Change 

Every five minutes, a Canadian dies from cardiovascular disease. As the second leading cause of preventable premature death in Canada, this is a major public health challenge. It’s time for solutions that will transform cardiovascular care for a generation. And you have a role to play.

Enter the Biome CVD Summit by Novartis, a movement for transformational change that helps give Canadians more time to make memories. The Canadian Biome Innovation Hub’s goal is to bring together and empower the Canadian ecosystem to forge the future of healthcare, enhanced by data and digital technologies. We believe in uniting the best of science and technology to build superior, seamless healthcare solutions for patients and caregivers, at scale.

Are you currently enrolled in a Canadian academic institution? Are you studying business, marketing, data science, statistics, epidemiology or any other related fields? Are you ready to disrupt the healthcare? Join the Biome by Novartis Innovation Challenge on CVD.  

Together, we can spotlight CVD as a public health priority and focus on large-scale solutions. Take your seat at the Biome CVD Summit. Let’s create a blueprint for the future of cardiovascular care in Canada! Be at the heart of change.
#BiomeSummit2021 #HeartOfChange


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 *First 20 teams who submit their proposals will get a $50 Amazon gift card per team member 


  • Application Phase

    August 30 - October 18

    Register and submit your team’s solution in a +/- 5 slide ppt deck!

  • Voting Phase

    October 18

    The top 5 teams will be shortlisted. The results will be announced on October 19.

  • Deepening Phase

    October 19 - October 29

    The top 5 teams will be connected with mentors to further enhance their solutions.

  • Final Event

    November 1

    Top 5 teams to pitch to a panel of industry experts in Montreal

Final Event Landscape

The final stage of the Innovation Challenge will take place on November 1, 2021, during the Biome Phygital Summit in Montreal. The top five teams will pitch to a panel of industry experts - up to five key players within the Biome Summit.

Each team will have an opportunity to present their solutions to the panel of industry experts during a five-minute pitch. Judges will then question the teams during a five-minute Q&A session in order to gain a more complete understanding of their solutions.

The mentors can:
♦︎ Give relevant advice to the teams to improve their solutions.

♦︎ Connect the teams with partners within the Biome ecosystem to help bring their ideas to life.

Awards and Benefits

Finalists will work closely with the Novartis Biome leaders from across the globe to help them shape their ideas before the finals in Montreal. The winning team will also meet with Novartis Executives for potential internships and full-time placement opportunities.

The five teams will have the chance to present their solution in front of the entire Biome community. They will also win tickets to C2 Montreal digital events. 

All participants will have the opportunity to meet with executives from the Biome Summit Community spanning from both Private and Public sectors.