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.).

*** Program Overview 2021 Competition- PDF ***


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.

2021 Competition - CLOSED



March 12, 2021: 2-4pm

Innovation Workshop

 - Workshop Evaluation Form
 - Session Reording

March 26, 2021: 5pm

Proposal Deadline (Updated information coming 2021)

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

 - Online Submission Portal 

Week of April 6, 2021

Announce Teams to move forward

  • Team AbdicThe Simultaneous Multi-View System for Virtual MSK Health Interactions 
  • Team CunningThe MAC Network: Accelerating The Transition From Volume to Value
  • Team DeansPickle: An App-Based Diagnostic Decision Aid for Musculoskeletal Complaints
  • Team ReevesONPoint: Translating Objective Balance Assessment to Clinical and Home Use

April 2021

Mentorship Program for Selected Teams

 - Team Abdic with Blair Poetschke & Saqib Sachani
 - Team Cunning with Souzan Armstrong & Wilson Luo
 - Team Deans with John Galbraith & Saqib Sachani
 - Team Reeves with Carmen Gicante & Wilson Luo

May 17, 2021 9am-12pm

Final Pitch Event (Invitation only)

 - Judge #1: Cecil Rorabeck
 - Judge #2: Jeff VanHeumen
 - Judge #3: George Baran

June 1, 2021

Funding Start Date