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Costa Rica open innovation challenge

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The Problem

Fragmentation has always been a complex challenge for healthcare systems around the world leading to a lack of continuity of care.
Now more than ever, we need to evolve and Latin America is at the right moments, with a healthcare coverage of almost 100% of the population and an up and coming innovation ecosystem capable of leading the transformation.

Open Innovation Challenge

Open Innovation Challenge

Every country in Latin America faces a unique set of problems. Therefore, we have taken the 8 opportunity areas and combined them in a way that is tailored them each country, resulting in three specific challenges. These are the starting point for the open innovation challenge.




How could we help patients and caregivers to navigate the experience, understanding it, simplifying procedures and finding financial support alternatives, increasing the chances that they will have greater continuity in the care and treatment of their illness?

We're offering

We're offering
Attend the 4-week incubation program
Receive expertise and mentorship
Grow your healthcare network and Co-founding

If you want to apply you must take into account ...

Requirements to apply

You can apply to more than 1 challenge, but you have to submit each application separately.

Explain how the solution solves the challenge and how it can evolve to provide a holistic and systemic response to needs.

We are looking for businesses that are growing, established in Costa Rica. That they have previous experience and implementation capacity.

They do not necessarily have to apply with already built solutions. They are invited to present new solutions that solve the challenges presented.

Evaluation Critirea

Evaluation criteria

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The solution solves the challenge and the entrepreneur understands the problem well.


The solution solves the challenge in a novel or creative way. There are currently no similar solutions on the market.


The solution is designed from empathy, always thinking of people.


The solution creates new and better healthcare systems in place of incremental optimizations of the existing system.


The solution has the potential to scale in Latin America.


Costa Rica's Open Innovation Process


Costa Rica's open innovation challenge follow the timeline outlined below. 

Application process open to the public
Development and evaluation of the solution together with partners
Validación de la solución, iteración y planeación del piloto
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4-8 weeks
4-8 weeks 
4-6 weeks
  • Online application submission

  • Selection process

  • Finalists Announcement

  • Personalization of the program for the selected ones

  • Advice on the development or adaptation of the solution

  • Evaluation with partners and viability of the solution in the market

  • Selection for the next stage

  • Preparation for deployment 

  • Definition of the pilot

  • Business case preparation

  • Be part of the community of health entrepreneurs

  • Start being part of the MS2030 network for the next events

  • Access to content

  • Personalized access to mentors and experts

  • Visibility of events and publications

  • Connection with the LATAM innovation and entrepreneurship network

  • Opportunities to implement the pilot

  • Visibility at the LATAM level

  • Investor access

  • Opportunity to grow your solution at an accelerated pace

[Selection of 3-6 startups]
[Selection of 2-5 startups]

View our research documents

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Patient Journey Maps

The Costa Rica challenge focuses on two critical diseases - breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. We have created patient journey maps from pre-diagnosis through treatment to co-existing with the disease. 


Costa Rica Innovation Challenges

Read more about each of the three innovation challenges on our public miro board. You can choose any of these three to solve for when applying for the open innovation challenge.

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Care Continuity Research Report

Download our full research report on the state of care continuity in Costa Rica. There are 8 key areas of opportunity related to critical painpoints in the patient journey, and are ripe for systemic innovation.

Learn more about the problem space and how these challenges were formed in our full reports.

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