What is The Cutting Edge Accelerator?

The Cutting Edge Accelerator is all about uncovering clever new ideas within MidCentral and giving them a process for development – to help improve population health outcomes.

Have you got…
A clever solution to an everyday healthcare problem?

- Registrations for The Cutting Edge 2018 will open soon.

How does the Accelerator work?

Stage 1 – Register

The process begins by completing the online registration form, which takes no more than 30 seconds!

 Stage 2 – Complete Full Application

Once your online registration has been received, The Cutting Edge team will be in touch to help you complete the full application form. This form will ask you for some more details about your idea.

Stage 3 – Selection Process

After applications have closed, the top 15 ideas will be selected to make a 5 minute pitch to the Selection Committee, who will select a top 6-8 ideas.

Stage 4 - Validation & Pitch Building

The top 6-8 ideas will be invited to join the Accelerator, which will deliver a series for four workshops to rapidly validate and develop ideas.

Stage 5 - Pitch Presentations

The top 6-8 will present ideas to MidCentral management and other local funders for the chance to gain further support and funding.

Why should I register?

By registering for The Cutting Edge Accelerator you will be have the opportunity to:

1. Access funding through MidCentral Health and other local funders.

2. Access on-going support to implement your idea.

3. Be introduced to industry and other experts that can help with developing your idea.

How do I register?

When Can I Register?

Registrations for The Cutting Edge 2018 will be open soon...

How Do I Register?

You can register for the Competition online through the Enter page.

Once your registration has been received The Cutting Edge team will be in touch to help you complete the full application form.

Who Can Register?

All staff at Palmerston North hospital are eligible to register, whether you’re a specialist, a nurse or in IT, all of your ideas have potential!

When Do Registrations Close?

Applications for The Cutting Edge will close within 8 weeks of opening.

Can I read your Terms and Conditions?

The terms and conditions below (the “Terms”) govern your registration and application into The Cutting Edge 2018 (the “Programme”). By submitting a registration or idea in any form to the Programme you agree to these Terms.

Who can register?

Registration for the Programme is open to all staff of Palmerston North Hospital, including individuals or groups.

Each registration must:

1. Have the name and contact details of those registering;

2. Include all other information required on the registration form;

3. Be from within New Zealand;

4. Be followed up by a completed application form submitted to us on or before the closing date.

Can I register more than one idea?

Yes – you can register as many ideas as you like.

How will presentations in the programme be assessed?

 Using multiple criteria, such as:

1. Ability to clearly articulate the problem being addressed

2. Ability to describe how the solution solves the problem

3. The potential benefits of implementing the solution

4. The costs associated with developing the solution

Will I lose intellectual property rights surrounding my application?

To the extent that you own any intellectual property rights around the idea included in your application, those rights will remain your property. Nothing in these Terms grants us any interest in those rights (other than to the extent necessary for making an assessment in accordance with these Terms).

If any intellectual property involved in your application has been developed during the course of your employment, this intellectual property will be bound by the terms of your individual employment agreement.

If the idea included in your application involves the use of any third party intellectual property, this must be disclosed in your application.

MidCentral DHB and BCC are committed to ensuring that all intellectual property contributors that arise from entry into The Cutting Edge are recognised.


We recognise the sensitivity of the information you provide, and will take care in handling confidential matters. BCC will ensure that its services are delivered in a manner that preserves the privacy of innovators, the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information and protects any potential value in intellectual property arising from an innovation.

Staff that are selected for the top 6-8 will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure the ideas discussed will remain confidential.

Obligations of confidentiality will not apply in relation to information which:

 1. Is or becomes publicly known;

2. Is already known to us at the time of disclosure; or

3. Is independently acquired or developed by us or any third party without the benefit of use of your information.

We may retain for our records copies of all information you provide in relation to the challenge.

Do I need to have developed my idea?

No, we are interested in ideas at all stages . It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the concept stage or you have a fully working prototype.


If you are selected for the top 6-8, you consent to MidCentral DHB or BCC using your name for advertising and publicity purposes without further compensation.

No liability

You agree that under no circumstances will MidCentral DHB or BCC or any of the programme partners be liable to you for any cost, expense, loss or other claim of any kind arising directly or indirectly out of your application to or otherwise in connection with the programme.