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IDEA Incubator (infectious disease | worldwide)

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The IDEA Incubator from the IDSA Foundation is a competition for early-stage ventures of original inventions, products or concepts for improving infectious disease (ID) care. The IDea Incubator provides the opportunity for all applicants to receive feedback from judges in the business, technology and medicine industries and gives category winners the opportunity to present their idea in front of the ID community at IDWeek 2024. Any group, company or organization that applies,must have at least one IDWeek 2024 attendee.This attendee must be the primary submitter and includes scientific attendees, exhibitors, invited speakers, and guests. 

There are three award categories:

  • Innovation in Patient Care and Practice Award
  • Innovation in Technology Advancement and Telehealth Practice Award
  • MTEC Diagnostic Technologies for Unknown Pathogen Identification Award

Each award winner will receive 10,000 USD. The Innovator of the Year award winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 as well as an accelerator package with access to startup coaching that will provide guidance for launching or scaling the innovation, setting up legal protections, budgeting and marketing. This award is determined by the judging panel at the live IDea Incubator award event at IDWeek 2024. The People’s Choice award will be awarded to the video with the most popular votes; this award winner will receive an award as well as additional promotion of the award through IDSA communication channels. This award is determined by the most votes received for the pitch videos.

Applications close on June 30, 2024.

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June 30, 2024

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