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Pitch & Pair: Kick-off event & 1st cohort


On October 1st, HIEx and Cross-Border Impact Ventures (CBIV) jointly hosted the first Pitch & Pair event. This event series was launched as part of the Investor Coalition and is designed to bring together innovators, political leaders, international experts and agency networks in a speed dating format.

As part of the Investor Coalition (IC), a joint initiative launched by HIEx and Cross-Border Impact Ventures (CBIV), a series of events called Pitch and Pair (originally envisioned by Sharon Zohar of The Big Push) have been designed to bring together a SWAT team of political leadership, international experts and agency networks with high impact health technologies to help connect, scale and catalyze non-traditional investments. The selected companies were nominated by members of the Investor Coalition from their portfolios, putting forward companies they felt met visceral healthcare challenges in the Global South with a dual market strategy vision. Our first virtual Pitch & Pair event took place on Friday, October 1st 2021 with our inaugural cohort of nine innovators demonstrating clear impact potential for solving some of the greatest health challenges in the Global South to pitch their innovations to a group of 44 experts. Following the lightning round of pitches, the founders were able to discuss their specific “asks” and exchange more deeply with experts in small breakout rooms in a “speed dating” format. Based on the companies’ pursuits and needs, the experts were then connected and matched to those companies they felt they could be most helpful to in offering advice, contacts, partnership, insight, investment or mentorship.

Featured expert panelists included representatives from the following organizations:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Siemens Foundation
Johnson and Johnson
Living Goods
Ariadne Labs
Planned Parenthood International
Nyaho Medical Centre Ghana
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Economic Forum (WEF)
… and many more!

Featured innovators included (Please click to learn more):

Mango Sciences
Canary Speech
Woebot Health
Ilara Health
Flashback Technologies
Vantage Health Technologies
OCON Healthcare

Due to overwhelming interest in the first cohort, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting another Pitch & Pair event next year. Stay tuned!

If you would like to learn more about Pitch & Pair, join as an expert panelist or nominate a company, please reach out to