American Heart Association
Open Innovation Challenge

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The American Heart Association mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, and stroke is No. 4. We need your help to save lives and meet our 2020 Impact Goal: By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Since 1949 the American Heart Association has awarded more than $3.5B in research grants making the AHA the 2nd largest source of funding behind only the National Institutes of Health. 13 Nobel Prize winners were American Heart Association grant recipients and in Fiscal Year 2013, the American Heart Association Chicago Affiliate (comprised of 11 Midwest states) awarded research grants totaling more than $56M.

Cardiovascular health touches all aspects of our lives — from diet and exercise, to hypertension and blood pressure. There are many solutions and lifestyle changes people can make to improve their health and wellness, and we want to hear about your innovative ideas.

Our Open Innovation Challenge invites you to create a solution and submit your early stage product that helps people prevent and/or manage cardiovascular disease or stroke. We know the next big idea is out there in the crowd and our challenge gives innovators the chance to win money and share their invention with the world.

The top three winning projects will receive funding totaling $25,000 and a chance to meet, mingle and present at the American Heart Association’s Heart Innovation Forum on November 14, 2014. Click below for more information and to apply!