Cardio Arena

Apply by March 24 and come participate in the biggest cardio-innovation challenge in Portugal


Are you a medical doctor, student or a health-entrepreneur with an idea that you believe could change the Cardiology sector? Then this is the right opportunity for you!

In association with the Portuguese Cardiology Society and Johnson & Johnson Medical, the Healthcare City by Nova Medical School (HCC) opens a call for innovative ideas in Cardiology.

The best ideas will be invited to participate in a one-day intensive course on how to prepare a perfect pitch, held at the Healthcare City. From this first round of selection, up to 5 teams will be selected to pitch at the Congresso Português de Cardiologia 2017 to a jury who will choose the winner of the Cardio Arena 2017.

The winning team will receive an award in the total amount of € 5,000 that should be totally spent in the development of the idea. The team may choose one of two modalities: a) a minimum incubation experience of 3 months at the Healthcare City or (b) to receive the award in full.

In the incubation experience the winning team must agree to stay for at least 3 months in the Healthcare City, with the award money to be dedicated to the services that will most address the winning startup’s needs, including:

  • an office space at the Healthcare City (mandatory for a minimum period of 3 months);
  • Healthcare City ecosystem and network of partners and startups;
  • Specialized mentoring on how to develop your business plan;
  • Market analysis;
  • Corporate services (such as communication, marketing, legal advice, etc) at special prices agreed between the HCC and our partners;
  • Healthcare City events;
  • Ongoing activities such as acceleration programs or workshops.




CardioInnovation timeline


Consult the Cardio Arena – Focus on Innovation regulation bellow:

CardioArena 2017 Regulamento PT

CardioArena 2017 Regulation EN

Application Form


Call for Proposals end on May 20th