After months of work, 400+ attendees, 33 sponsors, 34 exhibitors and a stellar panel of expert speakers and judges, MaRS HealthKick 2015 is over, and we’d like thank all those who made it out to Canada’s largest health venture showcase.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, MaRS HealthKick 2015 brought together hundreds of members of the North American investment community, as well as key health industry leaders and ecosystem players.

This year’s pitch competition also expanded to include health ventures from across the country, narrowed down to 39 of Canada’s most promising health startups through a rigorous application review.


After a full day of pitches, the 2015 judges chose one winner from each showcase track for the $20,000 cash prize. Thank you to our award sponsors AstraZeneca, Amgen, Baxter, Canada Health Infoway, Medtronic and Saint Elizabeth.

Here are your MaRS HealthKick 2015 winners:

  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals: EMERpharma is a startup drug development company focused on the development of efficacious, non-addictive treatment for ADHD and treatment for addiction disorders.
  • Medical Devices & Diagnostics: Mindful Scientific is developing the Halifax Consciousness Scanner (HCS), a portable medical device that rapidly assesses brain function to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of concussion and other neurological problems. Mindful Scientific was recently profiled in Motherboard.
  • Health IT: QoC Health provides patient engagement solutions to support shifting care to the community. These solutions save money, improve outcomes and user experiences.

Are you an entrepreneur interested in working with MaRS Health Venture Services? Learn more about MaRS Health here.

Jelena Djurkic

Jelena Djurkic was the Senior Associate, Content Marketing at MaRS. Follow her on Twitter @jdjurkic. See more…