Innovation Challenge

We believe innovation and technology are key to advancing healthcare, improving outcomes, and driving pain medicine forward.

Join us in finding novel and creative ways to advance our mission by taking part in our Innovation Challenge, designed specifically for innovators, healthcare entrepreneurs, startups, researchers and teams with solutions to improve the lives of people living with pain across all specialties and fields of medicine.

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AAPM is excited to announce our continued partnership with the MIT Hacking Medicine to present the 3rd Annual Pain Innovation Challenge at the AAPM Annual Meeting at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on March 9, 2024. 

AAPM and MIT Hacking Medicine want to identify established startups, aspiring healthcare entrepreneurs, researchers, and teams with solutions and technologies to improve the lives of people living with pain across all specialties and fields of medicine.

During the AAPM-MIT Hacking Medicine Innovation Challenge, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and solutions in a “shark tank” style competition in front of patients, providers, institutional and industry leaders, and venture capital firms for a chance to win prizes, mentorship, and exposure to advance their innovations.

The event is not limited to AAPM members and is open to all innovators across the world attempting to help patients and providers address issues related to pain. We want to encourage anyone with an idea or an established startup, including students, residents, fellows, clinical and research faculty, engineers, designers, developers, business leaders, and patients, to submit their ideas and pitches.

Who can participate in The AAPM Innovation Challenge?

  • Anyone over age 18
  • Anywhere in the world
  • We are accepting all submissions from idea stage to advanced stage start-ups

Do I have to be an AAPM member to participate in the Challenge?

No! This challenge is open to anyone and non AAPM members are encouraged to apply.