VentureClash invites the best early-stage companies worldwide in Digital Health, Fintech, InsureTech and the Internet of Things to compete in Connecticut’s global venture challenge to win a first place, $1.5 million investment award; one of two second place, $1.0 million awards; or one of three additional awards of $500,000.

Oct 20

The nine finalists from seven countries will present in front of a panel of expert judges at a one day VentureClash final at Yale University. It will bring finalists into direct dialogue with Digital Health, Fintech, InsureTech and the Internet of Things experts, investors, customers and educators who are engaged in this clash of innovators.

Pitney Bowes, Travelers, The Hartford, Prudential, Aetna, Navigators, Yale and the Yale New Haven Hospital System (the largest hospital system in the state), Sikorsky/Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Stanley, Black and Decker Ventures, AQR (one of the largest hedge funds in the world), Webster Bank, People’s United Bank, Bank of Ireland, Synchrony Financial, Medtronic, Boehringer Ingelheim, Magellan Health and Health Ventures are all corporate partners to VentureClash.  Some of these companies, like The Hartford, are offering $25K to run beta tests to internally pilot relevant products at their headquarters. Others, like Stanley, Black and Decker Ventures, are looking to make co-investments.

The following are not only poised for explosive growth, but they’re also considerable areas of strength for Connecticut. We think this makes them the perfect choice for VentureClash 2017.


Fintech is transforming financial services, including insurance, wealth management, lending, payments and secure transactions.

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Digital Health

Digital health promises to play a considerable role in transforming health care—an industry that is rapidly “going digital” and is therefore ripe for disruption.

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A growing number of entrepreneurs are creating breakthrough technologies to create a better, more user-friendly experience for people who buy insurance.

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The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is changing the way we manage our health, our homes, our cars and even our pets, and the possibilities for innovations are endless.

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Judging Criteria