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The John E Martin Mental Healthcare Challenge invites graduate student teams from around the world to explore and develop innovative solutions focused on improving the quality of and access to mental healthcare.


The 2021 Challenge focuses on the intersection of business innovation, diversity, equity & inclusion, and mental health.

After a rigorous screening of applications, 15 teams are invited to participate in the competition from leading international graduate business and health programs. In the first round, teams are challenged to develop business strategy recommendations on how large organizations might design and implement culturally informed programs and benefits that support the mental health and wellness of its employees.

After a review of these semi-final presentations by judges representing business innovation and expertise in mental healthcare, 6 teams are advanced to compete for $25,000 in total prize money. In the final round of the competition, teams are challenged to expand on their recommendations by focusing on improving the mental health and wellness of employees of diverse suppliers. Prize winners are selected by a team of judges representing senior Google leaders and experts in mental health. 


Throughout the term of the competition, a robust program of discussion and debate is offered. Critical issues around mental healthcare are explored through engagement with business leaders and mental health experts.

2021 programming features a 5-week podcast series, a business roundtable on the intersection of mental health and DEI strategy, a panel discussion advancing mental health in diverse supplier workplaces, a keynote event with sports agent Leigh Steinberg and a fireside chat with Connie Chen, COO of Lyra Health.

Check back for more updates - we will announce and celebrate competing and winning teams after the 2021 challenge concludes!

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2021 Speaker Programming

Check out our podcast series here!

Watch the recording of our first panel discussion below.

The 2020 winning team: Team CLiKS

12 teams were invited from top MBA programs to find ways to use data to better support construction workers facing anxiety, addiction, depression, and suicide. 

Learn more about the competition

Learn more about the winning team

Featured Resources

​Learn from the 2020 John E. Martin Mental Health Challenge winning teams on what they got out of the challenge and what made their teams successful.