IDea Incubator

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 The IDea Incubator application is now closed. Notifications will be sent on August 21.

Innovators are invited to submit original inventions, products, or devices for a chance to present at IDea Incubator, the new live forum in IDWeek’s exhibition hall on Thursday, October 4 at 5 p.m. 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 or more 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. The judges and audience will choose the winner through the IDWeek App. See the Competition Rules for more information on how the event will be structured.

Submissions will be accepted online until June 29, 5 p.m. EDT.  Online submissions must include contact information, a brief description of the idea, and/or a 2-3-minute video. Only pitches with complete submissions will be considered. Please review the Important Dates.  

Important Dates

April 12

Application Opens Online

June 29

Application Submission Deadline

August 21

Finalists Notified

October 4, 5-6 p.m.

IDea Incubator, Moscone Center, Hall A

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Judges Panel 

Brandon Palermo, MD, MPH
Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare Services and Solutions, Merck

Christopher McFadden, CFA
Managing Director, KKR Credit

Sal Detrane
Managing Director, Empactful Capital

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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 2018. 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 2018 attendees only. This includes scientific attendees, exhibitors, invited speakers, and guests. Any group, company or organization that applies, must have at least one IDWeek 2018 attendee and this attendee must be the primary submitter.

  3. Applications will be reviewed after the cut-off date of June 29, 5 p.m. EDT. An incomplete application will be disqualified. See the Important Dates. 

  4. Accepted presenters will be notified on August 21, 2018. 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 and audience through the IDWeek APP. Cash prizes will be awarded to all finalists. 1st place will receive $10,000.

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Promotional Materials

Use the official IDea Incubator Flyer when posting promotional content for this competition.

IDea Incubator Flyer

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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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