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The W21C Innovation Academy is a fast-paced scientific and business pitch competition. Participants showcase their novel and creative strategies that have the potential to stimulate significant change related to innovations in health care and health systems delivery.

The W21C Innovation Academy at the University of Calgary is an international partnership event with sites  Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Geneva in Switzerland and St. Mike’s Hospital in Toronto. The winners from each of these Innovation Academies will be sent to compete at the third Global Healthcare Innovation Academy to take place August 29-30, 2018 in Hong Kong.

The W21C is a pan-provincial health systems research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. W21C’s interdisciplinary team addresses health care needs through evidence-based practice, technology testing, and education outreach; driving change in the health care system to enhance patient safety and quality of care.

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