The Penn HealthX Medical Student Internship Award provides University of Pennsylvania medical students with funding to pursue summer opportunities in the fields of healthcare management, entrepreneurship, and technology. The objective of this grant is to to enrich the medical education experience by financially supporting projects that students would not otherwise encounter or be able to fund, for example unpaid or underpaid summer internships at startup companies. Examples of past projects can be found on our projects page. Recipients are eligible for up to $3,000 in funding and recipients of the award will be required to present their work in the fall at the annual HealthX conference.
The deadline for the 2017 cycle has passed. Please check again in the future for the 2018 application cycle.
HealthX is excited to offer grants for teams of students who are developing innovative ideas in healthcare. The HealthX Venture Fund is a student run fund that aims to financially support Penn students seeking to fill a need in our healthcare system. This funding takes the form of a grant and not an investment, and so teams will have complete ownership of their idea—no equity or loan is involved. Teams can receive up to $5,000 in funding in order to develop their ideas and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Past HealthX backed companies include Oncora and Stetho.
Teams must first complete a written application about their startup. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. From this pool of applicants, finalists will be chosen to receive an initial $1,000 to develop their ideas. While we are open to a broad-spectrum of ideas, we will give preference to startups that meet a technology demand gap in the current healthcare landscape. After a period of development, the team will pitch their ideas.
When teams are ready, they will pitch their idea to a committee comprising of HealthX board members and advisors. Pitches last for 10 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers. Teams that successfully pitch their ideas will receive another round of funding for $4,000 to carry forth their ideas.
Funded teams are expected to update HealthX on their progress and participate in the HealthX conference and other HealthX events. We also ask that start ups acknowledge that they have received funding from HealthX on their company website and other press materials.