In honor of the new JPOD @ Philadelphia launching in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS announces the JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge to accelerate healthcare innovation and commercialization in Philadelphia and beyond. The innovator with the best idea, technology, or solution that improves human healthcare will receive up to $30,000 in grant funding, residency at the Pennovation Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and access to educational programs at JPOD @ Philadelphia and mentoring from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies global network of experts.


Up to $30,000 in grant funds
  • One year of residency at the Pennovation Center with access to the JPOD @ Philadelphia educational programming and mentoring opportunities
  • Mentorship by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and/or its affiliates

Areas of Interest

We encourage applications from companies working on all aspects of human healthcare, and have a particular interest in the following areas:

Application Process

Solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Potential impact
  • Uniqueness of solution & level of competition in current market
  • Quality & feasibility of technology
  • Team credibility & capabilities
  • Plans for utilizing Pennovation and JPOD @ Philadelphia
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in Philadelphia


  • September 25, 2018
    • Applications open (announcement by Kate Merton during Philadelphia Area Innovation Ecosystem Panel 3:15
  • January 25th, 2019
    • Submission Deadline
  • January 15th, 2019 – February 2nd, 2019
    • Reviewers scoring period
  • February 13th, 2019
    • Judging process begins
  • March 7th, 2019
    • Finalist presentations (judging panel selects challenge winner(s))
  • Q2 2019
    • Winner announcement

Why this challenge matters to us

At Johnson & Johnson Innovation, we believe a good idea can come from anywhere, and it’s our goal to find new and innovative technologies that provide solutions to patients from across the world. Working together, we can spark the next great idea that will change the trajectory of health.

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Submit your idea today!