Do you have a bright idea to change cancer care?

Entering its second year, the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize® is once again calling for applicants from all over the world and from all backgrounds to submit their ideas for innovations to change cancer care. The C3 Prize, which aims to inspire and foster innovative, non-medical, non-treatment ideas, is offering $100,000 in unrestricted grants and access to mentorship to bring the brightest ideas to life. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a personal business consultation with Robert Herjavec, star of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning television show Shark Tank, ex-dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, technology entrepreneur, and cancer caregiver. Each runner-up will receive a $12,500 grant from Astellas, and all the finalists will receive a one-year nights and weekends membership to MATTER, a healthcare innovation community.

As we believe one of our members could come up with the next big innovation in cancer care, if you have an idea that could improve the lives of cancer patients, their caregivers or their families, we encourage you to apply for the C3 Prize. You do not need to have a business or finished product in order to apply.

Canada had a big impact on the competition last year claiming two of the five top spots in the finals. Last year’s ideas included a light therapy device to reduce fatigue and potentially increase quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment and an idea for a web-based application that would leverage a patient or caregiver’s social media networks to secure transportation to and from cancer treatment.

Five finalists will be chosen for an exciting, Dragons’ Den-like live pitch event in Mexico City on November 13th.

Applications can be submitted starting on June 20th and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on August 21st . The online application consists of answering three questions; a short, informal video is also strongly recommended, but not required. Visit for the application and additional information about the C 3 Prize, including the full terms and conditions.