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Friday, August 23, 2013

Pioneer Pitch Day October 16, 2013 | New York City

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:  We Want Your Ideas

We want to hear your ideas for solving a major problem in health and health care. We’re not looking for incremental improvements. We’re not looking for apps. We’re looking for innovations that reflect your vision of how the world could be if only we could develop a new approach or ask a different set of questions.
Pioneer Pitch Day is an opportunity to pitch your transformative idea — live and in person — to the Pioneer team, as well as a group of judges who, like you, are thinking about how to change the worlds of health and health care. The October 16 event will be hosted by Atlantic correspondent and RWJF Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceThomas Goetz at AppNexus' headquarters in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. And we're excited that our panel of judges — in addition to Pioneer program officers — will include leading angel investor Esther Dyson, Fast Company staff writer Ben Schiller, NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Games for Health co-founder Ben Sawyer and PatientsLikeMe co-founder and president Ben Heywood. Stay tuned for updates on additional judges in the coming weeks.
Submit your idea by September 6 to be considered for Pitch Day. Pioneer's team will then review all of the ideas that have been submitted and select eight teams to present at Pitch Day. We will contact you by email if you have been selected you to present. Please note: You are welcome to share, comment and vote on ideas that have been submitted; however, presenters will not be selected based on this criteria. Following the Pitch Day event, selected teams will be invited to submit proposals to RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio for future funding consideration.
To learn more about our funding interests, we encourage you to watch the video below, read our funding strategy, listen to our podcast, and check out our blog to learn more about ideas in which we have already invested.
We can't wait to hear more about how you want to change the world.

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