Joint & Bone Initiative

MSK Innovation Competition

The Bone and Joint Institute in partnership with the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship invites London-based entrepreneurs working in musculoskeletal (MSK) health to pitch innovative commerciable ideas to a panel of friendly judges in this year's competition.

First launched in the spring of 2019, this initiative  aims to cultivate skill sets that enable innovative ideas to be successfully pitched to investors and promote entrepreneurial spirit. The stage of development is not restricted. Anyone on the commercialization path is welcome to participate. The competition is open to all London-based entrepreneurial MSK experts (e.g. academia, research institutions, hospitals, start-ups, etc.).



2022 MSK Innovation Winners cash in on investment.

Vessl Prosthetics Inc. were awarded the $25,000 MSK Innovation Grand Prize in May of 2022 and have successfully leveraged the mentorship, pitch experience and prize funding to secure another Grand prize in less than a year.  The team took top prize at the Innovation Factory’s Synapse Life Science Competition in Hamilton in March of 2023, adding an additional $50,000 cash plus in-kind investments toward their project.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity. 

Each innovation team is required to include at least one Western faculty member, but anyone with the entrepreneurial itch can lead an application!

While the idea should be novel and sound, the competition is for the best pitch – i.e. the presentation that best convinces the 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. In addition to the grand prize, $5,000 will be awarded to a second team that shows high potential for success.

2023 Competition - Applications are closed



Mid February

Call for Registration to Apply

March 15, 2023
Ivey Business School 

1255 Western Road, 
London ON N6G 0N1

Innovation Workshop (Registration Closed)

April 12 2023: 5pm

Proposal Deadline (April 12th 2023)


 - Program Overview (PDF)
 - Innovation Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
 - Innovation Proposal Worksheet (Word doc download)
 - Innovation Video Demo Submission Instructions (PDF)

 - Online Submissions (2023 Competition Closed) 

April 19, 2023

Announce Teams to move forward

April/May 2023

Mentorship Program for Selected Teams

May 26, 2023 9am-12pm
Richard Ivey Business School
Room 1200

Final Pitch Event 

Register online here to attend this event

July 1 2023

Funding Start Date