A pitch competition tackling the health + care challenges of today.

Prepare for liftoff!

What's Launchpad?


Launchpad supports outstanding innovations, helping them reach a wider audience and colliding change-makers and decision-makers for community impact.

This virtual event, open to anyone who wants to attend, will showcase the top submissions from each category and will award finalists with mentorship, exposure and grant money. This year i4 is exploring the future of health and care, untangling historical assumptions from the needs of a modern population.

Launchpad is interested in new ideas about care delivery that align within one or more of these areas:



People want to access and receive care in their communities and homes, and our current system is struggling to keep pace with our population's needs. Ideas in this category explore new ways to deliver health and care at a community level. These initiatives look at moving health and care beyond the walls of a hospital or clinic. We are looking for innovative ideas that re-imagine care for people within the community, and impact the health of a community as a whole.


Recent world events have increased personal isolation and reduced access to physical and mental health supports for people across Canada. People are eager for new ideas to improve their mental, physical or emotional well-being. Submissions to this category impact the way people understand, access, manage, or improve personal wellness. We're seeking ideas and innovations that improve personal experiences and offer a glimpse of the future of health and wellness for individuals.


We know that legacy structures do not provide equitable access to health and care. Submissions to this category challenge power structures, existing patterns and are moving to create a more equitable access and experience within the health and care space. We are looking for modern approaches that disrupt the status quo and have the potential to impact health systems on a broad scale.


It doesn't matter if your idea is big or small - we want to hear from you! This means that your innovation could be:

  • A project you have already implemented
  • A solution you are currently developing
  • An idea yet to be realized

Last Year's Competition










Grant Awards



Who should apply?

This competition is open to patients, doctors, nurses, patient experts, caregivers, healthcare administrators and entrepreneurs, as well as community members and students. We know change-makers and innovators are working in every corner of Canada!

Why should you apply?

First and foremost, this competition is a platform for innovators and change-makers to share their ideas with other outstanding individuals. It recognizes change-makers for innovative solutions that are making a community impact.

What can you win?

What are the application steps?

JUN 15


Get your application ready to submit!

OCT 10


Last day to submit your application.



The finalists will present at the Final Pitch Competition at the i4 conference on November 2nd to a distinguished jury and live audience. Winners will be announced at the final event.

Launchpad Sponsors


Calgary Health Foundation

UofC Hunter Hub


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