IDEA Incubator

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Innovators are invited to submit original inventions, products, or devices for a chance to present at IDEA Incubator, the live forum at IDWeek 2019 on Thursday, October 3. Any individuals or team with an early-stage product concept designed to improve ID care through entrepreneurship, policy, systems redesign, education, collaboration, technology, or more is invited to apply now.

Three finalist’s ideas will be selected for presentation in front of a live audience and expert panel of judges from the business, technology, and medicine industries. All finalists will receive a cash prize. The 1st place finalist will receive $10,000. All three finalists will receive free booth space in Innovation Alley, the technology center of the IDWeek Exhibit Hall. See the Competition Rules for more information on how the event will be structured.

Submissions will be accepted online until July 1, 5 p.m. EDT. Online submissions must include contact information, a brief description of the idea, and/or a 2-3-minute video. Structure your submission to answer the Judgment Criteria. Only pitches with complete submissions will be considered. Please review the Important Dates.  

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Important Dates

February 12

Application Opens Online

July 1, 5 p.m. EDT

Application Submission Deadline

August 14 by 11:59 PM

Finalists Notified

October 3

IDEA Incubator in Washington, D.C.

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Competition Rules

      1. IDWeek and its affiliates are not responsible for any intellectual property submitted and/or presented at any time for its IDEA Incubator program during IDWeek 2019. Any individual, group, organization, or company is solely responsible for securing intellectual property protection. Learn how to secure your intellectual property.

      2. IDEA Incubator is open to IDWeek 2019 attendees only. This includes scientific attendees, exhibitors, invited speakers, and guests. Any group, company or organization that applies, must have at least one IDWeek 2019 attendee and this attendee must be the primary submitter.

      3. Applications will be reviewed after the cut-off date of July 1, 5 p.m. EDT. An incomplete application will be disqualified. See the Important Dates. 

      4. Accepted presenters will be notified by August 12, 2019. This information will include the presenter(s) rehearsal and presentation times. If accepted, but unable to present, then a 30 day notice is required.

      5. Presentations will be up to 5 minutes in length, followed by a 5 minute long question and answer period be the judges.

      6. A winning idea will be chosen by the judges. Cash prizes will be awarded to all finalists. 1st place will receive $10,000, 2nd place will receive $5,000, 3rd place will receive $2,500.

      7. The winning presentation will be presented unopposed during the Friday Special Session at 9:15 a.m. 

      8. The three finalists will receive complimentary booth space in Innovation Alley, in the IDWeek Exhibit Hall. The three finalists must agree to the competition rules and present at the IDEA Incubator session on October 3, 2019 to receive this space.

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Judgment Criteria

    1. The statement of problem/unmet need is well defined and articulated (scale of the problem, quantified number of patients, money spent on healthcare costs, societal costs).

    2. The target population is clearly defined and quantified.

    3. The innovation has the potential to solve the problem/meet the needs of the target population.

    4. The solution is economically viable (i.e. won’t be too expensive to be inaccessible).

    5. The expected health impact is reasonably estimated.

    6. The solution to the problem is novel and innovative.

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Securing Your Intellectual Property

The following articles may assist with securing intellectual property. Many other sources are available on the internet:

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