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51 Labs: A women+'s health accelerator


Challenge statement: How might we empower and support women+ during their menopausal transition with innovative healthcare solutions?

Solutions can include one or a combination of the priority areas listed below. Preference will be given to solutions that address the needs of underrepresented women+.


Track 1: Awareness and identification

Seeking solutions that better prepare women+ to identify their menopausal transition

Examples include: Providing education, support or community building; identifying the onset of symptoms; creating awareness about how menopausal transition can impact quality of life (intimacy, work life, etc.); and creating more equitable access to care


Track 2: Symptom and lifestyle management

Seeking solutions that support women+ to better manage the symptoms of their menopausal transition

Examples include: Addressing and tracking common symptoms and issues such as hot flashes and night sweats, sexual health, menstruation changes, mood and mental health, nutrition, sleep management, bone health, brain fog and memory that can impact overall wellness; and creating more equitable access to care


Challenge timeline

September 19: Applications open

November 6: Applications close

November 17: Cohort announced

November 28-March 2, 2023: Accelerator

March 2, 2023: Final showcase


Selection criteria

Submissions will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • Ability to clearly articulate the challenge statement addressed in the accelerator description
  • Quality, feasibility and scale of proposed solution or technology
  • Differentiation of solution within the competitive landscape
  • Capability of participant/team to develop and execute solution
  • Ability of the solution to empower and support women+ during their menopausal transition


Submission process

Applications will be open from September 19, 2022, until November 6, 2022, at 11:59pm CT. By November 17, MATTER will select and notify up to 10 teams to participate in the accelerator from November 28–March 2, 2023. Each participant will give a final presentation at the final showcase on March 2, 2023.

Minimizing the burden of eye care for cancer patients


Challenge statement: How might we minimize the logistical and financial burden of routine eye care required for the administration of certain oncology products?

The Oncology to Optometry Innovation Accelerator is seeking solutions among one or more of the following tracks:

1. How might we deliver remote eye exams?
Seeking novel solutions including Slit Lamp eye exams, retinal digital imaging, AI and analytics overlays, remote eye scans, mobile device solutions and more

2. How might we more efficiently connect physicians with optometrists and ophthalmologists?
Seeking novel solutions including referral platforms, digital directories, EHR and data integration and more

3. How might we eliminate logistical barriers to receiving additional care, such as eye exams?
Seeking novel transportation, scheduling, payer approval/prior authorization solutions and more


Challenge timeline
September 13: Applications open
November 18: Applications close
December 2: Cohort announced
December 5: Accelerator begins
February 9, 2023: Final demo day

Submission criteria
Submissions will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

  • Ability to clearly articulate the challenge statement addressed in the accelerator description
  • Quality, feasibility and scale of proposed solution or technology
  • Differentiation of solution within the competitive landscape
  • Capability of participant/team to develop and execute solution
  • Ability of the solution to minimize the logistical and financial burden of routine eye care required for the administration of certain oncology products

Submission process
Applications will be open from September 13, 2022, until November 18, 2022, at 11:59pm CT. By December 2, MATTER will select and notify the teams selected to participate in the accelerator from December 5, 2022-February 9, 2023. Each participant will give a final presentation at the final demo day on February 9.

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