Challenger AI is a three-month, equity-free online program tailored to help you improve your product and business model, find investors and corporate partners, and overcome current challenges.
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What we offer
Mentorship
Receive guidance from experienced mentors in business and technology, and access on-demand mentorship with session experts.
Workshops with experts
Learn from industry experts in digital, AI/ML, design, business, sales, marketing, and more.
Access to investors
Pitch your solution to representatives from leading international VCs and investors.
Experience sharing
Hear successful founders sharing challenges they faced and lessons they learned on a way of developing their solutions.
Who we're looking for
International Startup Cohort. Actively looking for startups from all over Europe.
Driven & motivated team. Teams of 3+ motivated members.
Market Potential. Solution with the capacity for growth and scaling.
Development stage. Startups with existing MVP/demo or close to reaching this stage.
Tech Emphasis. Products based on digital or AI/ML technologies, or with clear plans on integrating them.
Funding Focus. Currently raising funding or plan to.

Prizes

What can you get except for an exciting experience?

Opportunity to enter Harvard Health System Innovation Lab's Ventures Incubation program for top teams from each track
Pre-acceleration program for the best Hackathon teams
A prize fund of $10,000, distributed among the winners according to the jury's decision
The program
The challenges
Challenge 1

Advancing Breast Cancer Screening and Early Diagnostics

How can we ensure widespread, more precise and timely diagnosis of breast cancer?  

Breast cancer remains a significant public health concern, and addressing challenges in screening and diagnostics is pivotal for improving patient outcomes. Early detection saves lives. Timely diagnosis enhances treatment options, reduces the severity of interventions, and significantly improves the chances of survival. In Slovakia, there’s a pressing need for solutions that overcome barriers to screening, empower healthcare professionals, and harness the potential of advanced technologies. This challenge seeks innovative solutions to enhance breast cancer screening accessibility, leverage cutting-edge technologies, and promote awareness, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Expected focus of value proposition and unique selling point:  

Access to screening – Technological integration – Awareness and education – Data privacy & security – Addressing healthcare disparities – Follow up & treatment pathways

Challenge 2

Advancing Breast Cancer Screening and Early Diagnostics

How can we ensure widespread, more precise and timely diagnosis of breast cancer?  

Breast cancer remains a significant public health concern, and addressing challenges in screening and diagnostics is pivotal for improving patient outcomes. Early detection saves lives. Timely diagnosis enhances treatment options, reduces the severity of interventions, and significantly improves the chances of survival. In Slovakia, there’s a pressing need for solutions that overcome barriers to screening, empower healthcare professionals, and harness the potential of advanced technologies. This challenge seeks innovative solutions to enhance breast cancer screening accessibility, leverage cutting-edge technologies, and promote awareness, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Expected focus of value proposition and unique selling point:  

Access to screening – Technological integration – Awareness and education – Data privacy & security – Addressing healthcare disparities – Follow up & treatment pathways

Challenge 3

Advancing Breast Cancer Screening and Early Diagnostics

How can we ensure widespread, more precise and timely diagnosis of breast cancer?  

Breast cancer remains a significant public health concern, and addressing challenges in screening and diagnostics is pivotal for improving patient outcomes. Early detection saves lives. Timely diagnosis enhances treatment options, reduces the severity of interventions, and significantly improves the chances of survival. In Slovakia, there’s a pressing need for solutions that overcome barriers to screening, empower healthcare professionals, and harness the potential of advanced technologies. This challenge seeks innovative solutions to enhance breast cancer screening accessibility, leverage cutting-edge technologies, and promote awareness, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Expected focus of value proposition and unique selling point:  

Access to screening – Technological integration – Awareness and education – Data privacy & security – Addressing healthcare disparities – Follow up & treatment pathways

frequently asked questions

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What value do I get out of the program?

Selected teams will go through an intensive 3-month acceleration, and benefit from tailored 1on1 mentoring with the world-class lead and on-demand mentors, and attend workshops by the top-notch experts in digital, AI/ML, design, business, sales, marketing, investment attraction, etc. The program will also feature networking events for startups to get connections with other startup founders, investors, corporate representatives and other ecosystem players. Startups that are raising or planning to raise funds will benefit the most from our program – specifically from the post-acceleration investment attraction support.

Is there a fee for participation in the program?

No, teams do not pay for the participation. In addition, it is an “equity free” program. We only get up to 5% of received investment in 12 months after the program.

Is the program online?

Yes, all program activities will be held online or through online broadcasting (such as the final Demo Day).

What is the time commitment needed to participate in the program?

To participate in our program, a commitment of 4 to 6 hours a week is expected to be sufficient. You will have weekly workshops on different topics from product development to raising capital for your startup. Lead mentors will meet with you and your team biweekly to discuss your pressing questions or ambitious ideas, and guide you through the acceleration to get the best results. But if you wish to receive more mentoring and guidance, we will help to pair you with on-demand mentors and experts.

What is the language of the program?

Since we are an international program with many startups, experts, and partners from various countries, the program is conducted in English. All participants need to have a comfortable level of proficiency in the language to engage effectively in the program.

Aftermovie

The Mentors

Abi Barrow
Managing Partner, Cambridge
Liron Freind Saadon
Head of Developer Relations, NVIDIA
Claes Radojewski
Inception Program Manager, NVIDIA
Eugenie Wirz
Global Community Manager, Intel
Ryan Metz
Head of Engineering, Intel
Ivan Altsybieiev
Co-CEO & Co-founder, Reface
Tania Yaroshenko
Head of Product, Pawa
Mykola Maksymenko
R&D Advisor, SoftServe

Partners

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Organizers
Civitta
Civitta is an international collaboratory, erasing artificial boundaries between digital, management consultancy, public advisory, innovation and funding services.
Radar Tech
We help startups, corporates and ecosystems to identify their way to grow and innovate.
Partners
ESTDEV
The Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV) is the state agency responsible for implementing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ international development cooperation strategy.
WNISEF
Transforming the lives of ordinary people in Ukraine and Moldova
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