2015-2016 Health Acceleration Challenge

Check back here in March for updates about the upcoming 2015-2016 Health Acceleration Challenge!

2014-15 Health Acceleration Challenge Finalists

The Health Acceleration Challenge is a “scale up” competition that focuses on compelling, already-implemented health care solutions and helps them to grow and increase their impact through powerful networking and funding opportunities.

There are many benefits to participating.  The four finalists shared the $150,000 Cox Prize had an HBS case study written about their innovation, and presented at the Forum.  In addition, they benefit from announcements and connections to alumni, students and faculty of HBS and HMS. 

In 2014-15 the Health Acceleration Challenge received 478 applicants in total and attracted 2,000 visitors from 127 countries. 2,748 participants posted over 2,000 comments on our open application platform. 

Watch this site for announcements about the 2015-16 Challenge.

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About the Forum on Health Care Innovation

The Forum on Health Care Innovation is a collaboration between Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Its purpose is to unite leading executives, policymakers, and academics in a cross-disciplinary exploration of innovative actions to improve quality, reduce costs, and, ultimately, increase value in the health care industry.

The Forum's inaugural event was a conference and survey that were summarized in Five Key Imperatives.

In 2014 the Forum launched the Health Acceleration Challenge to identify and promote demonstrated health care innovations...

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I discovered both the enormous gratitude each one of us has as individuals for health care and the equally enormous frustration any one of us has as a consumer of the health care system. Our challenge is: How can we realize the great magic, and the great benefits, that health care can afford?

Dean NohriaNitin Nohria
Dean, Harvard Business School
Reflecting on his personal experiences with health care and his ambitions for the Forum

We need approaches to the solutions that aren’t just arithmetic and additive, but are in some sense logarithmic. This will require us to reach across historic boundaries and unlock the potential of collaboration across the usual disciplines.

Jeffrey S. FlierJeffrey S. Flier, MD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University
Introducing the purpose and structure of the Forum

Steering Committee

Robert S. Huckman

Robert S. Huckman

Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Barbara J. McNeil, MD

Barbara J. McNeil, MD

Ridley Watts Professor and Head of the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Joseph P.  Newhouse

Joseph P. Newhouse

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University