Six Finalists to Compete for $100,000 at Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge

Six entrepreneurial health care firms have been selected as finalists in the first Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge and will compete on October 1st at Transform 2015 for two $50,000 awards.

Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI), Mayo Ventures and AVIA Health Innovation, the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge celebrates innovative ideas in two areas:

  • Got Health – promoting health maintenance and prevention
  • I Am Not My Disease – helping people with chronic illnesses live better, productive lives

The national competition generated more than 120 applicants competing for the total of $100,000 in awards and one year’s consultation from Mayo Clinic experts.

The six finalists will compete in a live stage presentation in Rochester, Minn. before attendees of Transform 2015, an international gathering of thought leaders working together to shape the future of health and health care. Transform attendees, voting on their smart phones, will cast the deciding votes to select two winners, one in each category.

Finalists of the Mayo Clinic THINK BIG Challenge and their innovations, are:

Got Health

    • Care at Hand
      San Francisco, CA and Rockwell, MD
      Evidence-based smart survey and analytics platform that predicts and prevents hospitalizations using non-clinical workers.


    • Dātu Health
      Boulder, CO
      Persuasion Engine, a digital platform for engaging consumers daily in their health with the goal of influencing the biggest driver of adverse health outcomes: people’s everyday behavior.


    • Seiva Technologies
      Milwaukee, WI
      Compression garments with embedded sensors and electronics that wirelessly transmit neuromuscular responses anywhere on the body; data is analyzed into patterns of optimal performance, understanding of imbalances and overcompensation and dynamic program design.



I Am Not My Disease

    • Livongo
      Mountain View, CA
      Reinventing the management of chronic conditions by blending technology, real-time information and human support to make life easier for people with chronic conditions, starting with diabetes.


    • physIQ
      Chicago, IL
      The VitaLink remote monitoring solution uses passive, sensor-based monitoring and advanced analytics to transform continuous vital sign data into an early warning system for heart failure and respiratory exacerbation.


    • Wellpepper
      Seattle, WA
      A clinically validated platform for digital patient treatment plans that enables health systems to implement their own care pathways and protocols and collect patient reported outcomes.

The THINK BIG Challenge is one of many events at Transform 2015, a three-day conference, hosted by Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Now in its eighth year, the conference’s 2015 theme is People Power Health, focusing on the shift away from the traditional medical model toward people determining their own health and health care. For a complete list of Transform 2015 speakers and experiences, go to