TCNewTech Pitch Contest November 2020

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TCNewTech Pitch Contest November 2020

HealthOpX, a healthcare software company that strives to improve the health outcomes of English as a Second Language (ESL) patients by filling gaps in their healthcare communication, won the TCNewTech Pitch contest last Tuesday night, held during an online-only event that aired on the TCNewTech YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. Wesley Ma the CEO of HealthOpX and his fellow co-founders are all second-generation Americans who grew up assisting their parents to navigate the healthcare system here. They beat out four other XlerateHealth entrepreneurs to take home the $500 cash prize, which was sponsored by:   

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The competition showcased five emerging startups all part of XlerateHealth, a national award-winning healthcare startup accelerator. In addition to HealthOpX, pitches were given by 2innovate, a specialist in the creation of innovative medical devices; BELL TECH Communications, which provides solutions to improve communications for the deaf; SafetySit with a device which aims to prevent injuries caused by patient handling; and iSaab Innovations, a patented sequential multi-chamber drug delivery syringe which includes a built-in flushing solution. Although all five startups are at various stages of launch, the one thing they all share in common is the need for funding. The event was Live Streamed and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.


Each of the competitors had five minutes to pitch their startup followed by five minutes of questions submitted by the live stream audience. After all five founders had presented, the audience had two minutes to vote via text message and they named Wesley Ma as the evening’s winner.


TCNewTech brings together innovative ideas with investors during monthly pitch contests typically held at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City but since April 2020 has been held online via the StreamYard streaming platform due to the pandemic. If you would like to apply to pitch at an event, complete this short application:


Thank You To Our Sponsors

TCNewTech sponsors include Michigan Broadband Services, Susan Soffredine Rauser with State Farm Insurance, SCORE, Northern Michigan Angels, AccessPoint, Aurora Consulting, and the Nielson Family Foundation. If you would like to support new innovations in Northern Michigan, check out our sponsorship opportunities.