Video: TGH Ventures, the TGH Cancer Institute and Synapse Florida Announce the Winner of the TGH Innovation Challenge

Published: Mar 7, 2024

The global competition called for new and innovative solutions to provide lifesaving care and reduce cancer mortality in rural areas.


Tampa, FL (March 7, 2024) – TGH Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm and innovation team at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) announced the winner of the first TGH Innovation Challenge on Wednesday, February 28 at Synapse Summit in Tampa, Florida.


After narrowing the field down to four finalists, Aayu + Box was named the winner. This monthly subscription service provides an array of diagnostic tools, multilingual information pamphlets and QR code referrals for early cancer screening detection and education. As the winner, Aayu + Box received a prize valued at $50,000 from Tampa General to support a potential partnership or pilot project in collaboration with TGH Ventures and the TGH Cancer Institute.


You can learn more about the TGH Innovation Challenge and Aayu + Box in this video.


The TGH Innovation Challenge received 75 applications from around the world submitted by established and start-up companies, academia, the medical community as well as individuals who have had their lives impacted by cancer.




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