Healthcare Innovation Sprint


The Health Innovation Consortium (HIC) and the VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation have partnered to create a series of healthcare sprints. The groups had planned to launch a general sprint for Spring 2020 and have pivoted the focus to be on current challenges and opportunities. Driven by the ambiguity and uncertainty we face during this time, we choose to be actionable and invite all VCU students to join this sprint to explore solutions related to COVID-19 through healthcare and innovation. 

      • This is a completely virtual Sprint. This will mean that students from the university who are currently working from anywhere can participate fully in the Sprint. This is new for all of us, so it will flex our capabilities and comfort, but we believe will offer an invaluable learning opportunity.
      • The focus of the sprint will be fully on solutions related to COVID-19. We will work with existing concepts in the Health Innovation Consortium.

Award Amount

$1000/person with a limit of $5,000/team - potential for multiple groups as winners.


While we will be seeding the group with problem statements from the Health Innovation Consortium, we will be encouraging students to think creatively from their own perspective about how we might offer solutions to problems they are personally and collectively facing in their day-to-day. We believe that there are many great ideas that may be percolating in the minds of our student population around the current situation and we are eager to see what might surface. At the da Vinci Center, we find ideation begins most fruitfully from open questions formed in the structure of “how might we” do X, and we will be teaching this methodology, as well as inviting students to formulate their own framing questions in this format.

This will not be a sprint with a strong commercial or full productization focus. We will focus on learning in the healthcare space, the process of the sprint development and the opportunity to catalyze solutions that may go beyond this period and enter into the Health Innovation Consortium backlog for further development.

Who can participate?

Participation is open to all students across VCU: undergraduate and graduate students.

Program Benefits

      • An opportunity to activate learning in a rapid ideation and prototyping virtual environment, one that many of our students will enter into in global organizations when move on to careers following their time at VCU.  
      • A facilitated process of moving through a 2-week sprint with the support of da Vinci Center, Campus Partners and Healthcare mentorship.
      • A responsive and timely application of capabilities and tools to meaningful real-world problems at the forefront of all of our lives.
      • An opportunity to pilot in a time of significant dynamic change – we will learn, we will iterate, and we will build on the experience in the future. Our learnings will be far beyond content, and we will reflect on our experiences to capture learnings about how well we collectively respond during times of significant dynamic change.

Next Meeting

April 15, 2020



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*All sessions will be held through Zoom and will be recorded. We will share the recordings with registrants every week.


Healthcare Innovation Sprint Timeline

Project Kickoff Evening via Zoom 3/24
Target date for idea clarity and Team Formation 3/27
How might we (HMW) Statement Submission date 4/2
Executive Summary Submission date 4/10
Practice Pitch Night in partnership with Pre-X program teams 4/15
Announcement of Challenge Awardees 4/17
Demo Day – in person or virtual 4/24

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