Introducing the Timothy P. Walbert Entrepreneurship Impact Award, a prestigious competition honoring an outstanding Illinois entrepreneur who exemplifies Tim Walbert’s commitment to patients, community, and business success. Join us for an unforgettable event where we’ll highlight the best life science startups in Illinois and present the winner of the Timothy P. Walbert Entrepreneurship Impact Award Competition with a cash prize of up to $100,000.

Timeline & Agenda

Applications Open:
Late January, 2024


Deadline to Apply:
April 5, 2024


Selected startups announced:
May 1, 2024


Final ten pitch during Showcase:
June 20, 2024


Is it free to apply and participate?

Yes. Companies selected to present will not be required to register or pay a participation fee.

What is the prize?

The winning company will receive $50,000 with an opportunity to receive an additional $50,000 investment if specific criteria are met.

Will there be pitch training?

Yes. Finalist companies will have the opportunity to receive online pitch training

What is the pitch timeframe?

Each company pitch will be 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes q&a with the judging panel


Timothy P. Walbert is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Therapeutics, which was aquired by Amgen for $28 billion.

For nearly two decades under Mr. Walbert’s leadership, Horizon has been a pioneer in researching, developing and commercializing innovative medicines that have helped improve the lives of countless rare disease individuals and families facing life’s toughest challenges.

The Timothy P. Walbert Entrepreneurship Impact Award signifies Walbert’s ongoing commitment to advancing the life sciences community and supporting the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs.


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