WCCHN Presents


A Cardiac Pitch Competition

Fueling Innovation | Accelerating Change

Do you have an idea about how to help cardiac kids or their families?

Is your pediatric heart project ready to take the next step?

Stop waiting for the pieces to fall into place.

Get the support you need to launch and succeed. 

It's a Game Changer

WCCHN presents BoostUp, a pediatric cardiac pitch competition designed to give good ideas a leg up. Innovators and change-makers across Western Canada are invited to ideate and pitch for funding. Give your project a boost by building, testing, and validating your plan.

Let WCCHN fund the mission. 


Pitch applications are open to small teams, any role, any discipline, any department, any pediatric cardiac site across Western Canada (family support groups included).

If your idea is to the benefit of pediatric cardiac patients or their families in any way, or to the benefit of the services provided by a pediatric cardiology program, you are eligible to apply. 

Examples of successful pitches might include things like educational resources, teambuilding activities, multicenter research initiatives, quality improvement and data analytics projects, equipment requests, peer support opportunities, etc.

Pitch for whatever amount you think you will need. Award values range from $1,000 to $10,000. 

Important Dates

Applications Open – October 1

Applications Close – December 31

Finalists Notified – January 7

Slide Decks Due – February 2

Pitch Live – February 9

How it Works





Ideate and Innovate

Try us! Tell us what you have in mind, why you want it or need it, and what your plan is to bring the idea to life. Bonus points for teams or projects that span more than one province or site, and for those that hold demonstrated potential for wider expansion. Need help making connections in other provinces or at other sites? Email us and we’ll introduce you. 


Converse and Convince

Present your easy, functional, proof-of-concept plan in front of a live audience. Our panel of esteemed judges will provide you with on-the-spot feedback in front of a live audience. Feedback is designed to promote feasibility and sustainability so you can stay in action for the long run. The Judges will rate pitches against a pre-established set of criteria. View the judging rubric here






Succeed and Celebrate

A number of prizes ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded. Three of them will be announced in real time on the night of the event:

Judge’s Pick | Audience Choice Award | Out-of-the-box Wildcard 

Not interested in applying, but want to watch people try? Register to attend as a member of our live audience here. All audience members get to vote for their favourite, and the first 100 registered to watch will also be entered into our $500 “Pay it Forward” Audience Raffle so we can give their good ideas a shot, too.  


Evaluate and Iterate

Winners will use their award to test run their idea within twelve months of winning. All winners will join our BoostUp Alumni and are given an opportunity to feedback their successes and learnings to a wider community. When having a platform to lead by example, we can grow opportunity to team up, iterate, expand, and accelerate change.  



Why this is different


Think of this as the opposite of a grant application. Instead of creating huge documents and scientific proposals, you will create four minute pitch presentations for your proof-of-concept product or service proposal. Plan just enough features to be usable by early consumers who can provide feedback for future project development. This validated learning will help teams to iterate by starting with something small and allowing good things to grow progressively. 

Getting started isn't
for the faint of heart

Making the best decisions and having the right resources is
the difference between thriving and going back to the drawing board. BoostUp will help you to: 

Take the Leap



Local projects having trouble securing startup funding

Projects ready to launch but needing some quick cash flow to get past the first steps

Projects looking to collaborate across western Canada

Smaller projects looking to expand and go big

Teams needing some extra support, resources, connections, or guidance to launch successfully and sustainably


FEB 9, 2023


Opening Remarks


Teams 1 - 3 Pitch


Pay it Forward Audience Raffle


Teams 4 - 6 Pitch


Judge Deliberation + Audience Q&A + Audience Vote


Winner's Circle + Closing Remarks

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"A good start with a focus on positive, continuous change will outperform the perfectionist in the long run."

Let us help you get started

A year from now, will you still be at the drawing board, or will you be championing your change?



The Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network (WCCHN) is a collection of hospitals providing highly specialized cardiac care for children across western Canada. We work together to link expertise, expand the peer group, collaborate on complex cases, streamline referrals, monitor referral patterns and surgical waitlists, and benchmark outcomes internationally so that all children in western Canada can have access to the highest standard of care available.

To learn more, visit wcchn.ca


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WCCHN BoostUp: Apply to Pitch

Thanks for your interest in pitching at WCCHN’s BoostUp Pitch Competition. Finalists will give their virtual pitch to our panel of judges in front of a live virtual audience.

This pitch competition is designed to give people with good ideas a boost up. Any site, any discipline, any idea... So long as it is to the benefit of pediatric cardiac patients, families, or clinical teams in some way, it is eligible. Families and family support groups are absolutely welcome to apply. Funding can be used to start a project, try a pilot, expand an existing initiative, or purchase something helpful to families or staff. You know the need the best. So tell us about it and let us help!

Learn more about WCCHN at wcchn.ca.

Some important points to consider:

  • Projects must be ready to get started within the first 3 months after winning
  • Teams must make commitment to report back at 6 and 12 months
  • Pitch must include a funding ask ranging from $1,000 - $10,000
  • Awards are distributed by expense claim reimbursement or direct vendor billing only
  • Live pitches will be by screen sharing to present your slides or to play a recording
  • Pitches will be no more than 4 minutes in length
  • Finalists will have 4 minutes of live Q&A with the Judge's following their pitch
  • Winners will join the "WCCHN BoostUp Alumni" group
  • Recent alumni are welcome to apply again

Winner’s Circle (announced live during the event)

  • Judge’s Choice
  • Crowd Favourite
  • Wild Card

View the judging rubric here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mXXM2_r9l0ns8dZsbPNeJn_ViDmKbnRt/view?usp=sharing

Tell your friends!

The first 100 people registered to watch will automatically be entered into a $500 "Pay it Forward" Audience raffle. They have good ideas, too, so let's give them a chance as well! They can register to watch through the main event page.

Important Dates:

  • Applications open: October 1
  • Applications close: December 31
  • Finalists notified: January 7
  • Slide decks due: February 2
  • Pitch live: February 9

This event will be completely virtual. The link to join will be sent by email to finalists in advance.

Questions? Email wcchn@ahs.ca

The Team

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The Plan

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WCCHN's BoostUp: Register to Watch

Register to watch live online: Tentatively scheduled for February 9th, 2023 1900 to 2030 MST. 
Links to the live feed will be sent out in advance by email. 

You get a vote!
After you listen to all the pitches on the night of the event, you will have a chance to choose which one you think should win! The "Audience Choice Award" will be announced live, in real time, before the night is through.

You can win, too!
The first 100 people registered to watch will be automatically entered into a random draw for our $500 "Pay-it-Forward" audience raffle. Let's bring your cardiac ideas to life, too!