LAUNCH Wake Forest University Center for Healthcare Innovations

LAUNCH is the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Center for Healthcare Innovation’s annual innovation incubator, competition and accelerator program. The weekend-long event brings together leading industry experts across the Atrium Health enterprise to not only compete for funding and personnel support on their project, but also to network and collaborate with individuals across the system.

First established in 2022, the main goals of LAUNCH is to identify and accelerate the development of solutions pertaining to various issues across the healthcare system. Each year, a theme is chosen that best fits both the efforts by the Center for Healthcare Innovation and its sponsors but also the larger enterprise.

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LAUNCH 2023 

Friday, September 29-Sunday, Oct. 1 in Winston-Salem, NC

Theme: To improve clinical providers and staff well-being within the Atrium Health System, utilizing new care models and technologies that are implemented to improve clinician satisfaction, burnout and efficiency. This can be focused on providers, nurses, or any clinical frontline workers.

Applications for LAUNCH 2023 will be available March 1st - March 31st. 

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Event Timeline

March 1 2023 RFA released 
March 31, 2023 Applications due by 11:59pm 
May 1, 2023 Semi-finalists chosen and announced 
May/June 2023 Initial Idea Incubator with CHI and co-sponsors 
Aug 2023 Final Idea Incubator with CHI and co-sponsors 
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2023 Launch 2023 Finals 
Nov 2023 – June 2024 Launch 2023 Innovation Accelerator 
July 2024 Launch 2023 Innovation Implementation 

Launch 2023 Grand Prize 
The winning team will be awarded funding and support to develop and pilot their idea. Representatives from the CHI and IM will provide support for the teams as needed, with planned implementation of the project in July 2024. 

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