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2016 JAZ Tank Challenge


Dear Jefferson Faculty, Staff and Students,

The second annual JAZ® Tank Challenge submission period is now open for you to cast your line and ‘Get Hooked’ through March 28.

Need help with your idea? Sign up for a prep session this upcoming Thursday, March 17 at Jaz Tank Open Office Hours. Coaches will be available to help participants think through how to best accommodate the event submission requirements for the JAZ Tank Challenge, as well as to answer any questions you might have regarding the registration and submission process.

Event Overview

JAZ Open Office Hours
Thursday, March 17
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jefferson Accelerator Zone
137 S. 10th Street

To schedule your 15-minute session on 3/17 or if you are unable to attend, but would like more information on how you can speak with a coach, please contact

About the 2016 Jaz Tank Challenge:

Have an idea for a health-themed product or service, but don’t know where to start to turn your idea into reality?  Start your journey now to compete for cash and prizes at next year’s JAZ® Tank Challenge! Apply today to the “JAZ® Tank Opportunity Track,” our inaugural JAZ®/PhilaU “Virtual Incubator” designed to provide team building, prototype development and business model exploration to support and develop your concept.  Business and design savvy students are looking for your real-world challenges and are ready to get to work!

Already have a team and a business model for your innovation? Ready to win cash and services to support your new business? Apply to our “JAZ® Tank Venture Track”  to compete for the Grand Prize on April 27, 2016.

At stake – a Grand Prize package including*:

  • Cash: $10,000 in financial support
  • Business Mentorship: Six months of work space at Militia Hill Ventures, a life sciences innovation hub that provides physical space where companies, partners and investors can innovate, manage and finance their ideas.
  • Legal Support: One free patent application
  • Consultation: Business and clinical consulting services designed to build your business

*JAZ® reserves the right to award additional prizes

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, up to two other teams will be eligible to win $5,000 in financial support, one free patent application and consulting services.

Teams must contain at least one member from Jefferson or Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health, or from one of our proposed merger partners – Aria Health, Kennedy Health and Philadelphia University. Alumni from Jefferson, Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health and Philadelphia University are also eligible to participate. Teams must agree to give Jefferson the right to invest in future financing events. There are no upfront fees. 

JAZ® Tank is accepting applications for commercializing innovative ideas. Submissions will be accepted until 8 a.m. on Monday, March 28.