Health Impact Investor Challenge

A special edition of Spring Activator’s Impact Investor Challenge, in collaboration with the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, aims to stimulate impact investing in inclusive healthcare innovation.

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About the program

The Health Impact Investor Challenge has two intersecting cohort streams: one geared towards investors looking to make early-stage investments into healthcare solutions and one designed for health-focused startups looking to fundraise.

Investors will navigate the ins and outs of early-stage investing while startups prepare for the capital-raising process. These weekly live-interactive sessions will be results-driven and delivered virtually. The program will connect startup and investor participants to industry experts, present an opportunity for network expansion, and provide valuable insight into the investing and capital raising process.

At the end of the program, the investor cohort will award a $100,000* investment to one startup.

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April 20, 2022 | 3 PM PST 

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June 8, 2022 | 3 PM PST

Meet the top 5 Ventures

Advancement in our healthcare ecosystem is critical to the well-being of our citizens, especially in the face of an aging population, the COVID19 pandemic, chronic disease, inequitable access, and a host of other challenges. Solutions are found in a number of sub-sectors, including care delivery, diagnostics services, medical equipment and devices, digital health or technology, and mental health. Alongside the public sector, private industry is a crucial source of innovation, delivery, and scale. Ideas and businesses are being born every day, and they need to support of early-stage capital to validate and grow them.

By collaborating with the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, the Spring Activator Challenge will enable more startups to drive change and create better health outcomes for those in need. Emphasis will be placed on measurable, beneficial impacts in healthcare, alongside a financial return for investors, while also empowering early-stage startups in the industry across Canada.

Spots are limited. If you’re an early-stage startup working on solutions to address the healthcare industry, be sure to apply before February 4, 2022.

Spring is thrilled to work with the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good to support the growing investor community in the country. Our hopes are that the challenge will provide a stepping stone towards funding innovative businesses as key contributors to the local economy.

Graham Day, Impact Investing Program Director at Spring Activator
Graham Day, Investment Director at Spring Activator

Who is the Health Impact Investor Challenge for and what exactly is it?

The Challenge is an 11-week training program for both early-stage impact investors seeking to make investments and purpose-driven entrepreneurs looking to fundraise.

Throughout the program’s 2-hour weekly sessions, participants hear from local and global industry experts and have the chance to gain insights, build their networks, and acquire resources to become successful in their respective domains.

The Health Impact Investor Challenge will leave you with a community of impact investors, key players in the health startup ecosystem, and emerging mission-driven companies.

Backing startups that develop more equitable access for health care is a priority for the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, and we can’t wait to see the bold new ideas that come forward through the Health Impact Investor Challenge.

Ka-Hay Law, Investment Director, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

Program Details

For Investors

Invest in health solutions and amplify your impact

Are you interested in investing in healthcare solutions? Join the Health Impact Investor Challenge to navigate the investment process, build your network with like-minded investors, and invest in an up-and-coming Canadian healthcare startup.

Applications closed

For Entrepreneurs

Opportunity to pitch for $100,000*

Are you a startup with a healthcare solution looking for investment? Apply to the Health Impact Investor Challenge to navigate the capital-raising process, connect with investors, and set yourself on the path to pitch for $100,000.

Applications closed

About the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

The $100 million TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of the world’s largest corporate impact funds, and will focus its investment on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is an extension of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to leveraging the power of technology to drive positive social and environmental outcomes for all Canadians by funding the development of solutions for transforming healthcare, caring for our planet, supporting responsible agriculture, and enabling inclusive communities.

We are excited to support Spring Activator for its first-ever Health Impact Investor Challenge which will assist entrepreneurs and new businesses to truly be investment-ready so they may grow and flourish as the next generation of healthcare leaders across Canada.

Blair Miller, Managing Partner, TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

Ready to accelerate your IMPACT?

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For Investors

Get ready to invest

Applications closed

For Entrepreneurs

Become investment ready

Applications closed


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* The exact investment amount will vary depending on the final size of the investor cohort. In previous Challenges, the amount has always slightly exceeded $100,000.