Joint & Bone Initiative

MSK Innovation Competition

The Bone and Joint Institute in partnership with the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship invites London-based entrepreneurs working in musculoskeletal (MSK) health research to pitch innovative research ideas to a panel of friendly investors.  

This initiative aims to cultivate skill sets that enable ideas to be successfully pitched to investors and promote entrepreneurial spirit. The competition is open to all London-based entrepreneurial MSK researchers (e.g. academia, research institutions, research hospitals, startups, etc.).

Each innovation team will require at least one Western faculty member, but anyone with the entrepreneurial itch can lead an application!

While the research idea should be novel and sound, the competition is for the best pitch – i.e. the presentation that best convinces the investor panel on the value of the idea and how the $30,000 award would improve and/or better illustrate the potential and commercial value of the innovative idea itself.



March 5, 2019 – 12-2 pm

Innovation Workshop (COMPLETED - not required)

 - Workshop Slides (PDF)

March 20, 2019 – 5 pm

Proposal Deadline

 - Innovation Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
 - Innovation Proposal Worksheet (Word doc download)
 - Online Submission Portal - CLOSED

April 1, 2019

Announcement of Selected Teams (up to 6)

April 2019

Mentorship Program for Selected Teams

May 3, 2019

Final Pitch Event