Program opens - 7/28/17
LOIs due - 10/16/17
Notifications - early December 2017
Shark Tank Competition - February 2018
Do you have an innovative idea to help people with epilepsy and seizures?
Throw it to the sharks!
The Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for its seventh annual Shark Tank Competition. The winner(s) of the 2018 Shark Tank Competition will receive international recognition and compete for awards totaling $150,000 to support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology, or therapeutic concept to help people with epilepsy.
The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) is October 16, 2017. The Shark Tank review committee will select as many as six finalists. All finalists will be invited to present their product concepts or candidates at the 2018 Epilepsy Pipeline Conference, scheduled for February 22-23, 2018. The winning entry (or entries) will be selected through live voting by conference attendees, and a panel of judges (Sharks) representing physicians and scientists, corporate executives, leading industry investors, people with epilepsy, and advocates. The project(s) deemed to be the most innovative will be announced at the conference, and the winner(s) can receive as much as $150,000 to accelerate the idea towards improving the quality of life of people with epilepsy. All finalists are eligible for a travel stipend to attend the conference and free conference registration.
LOI Applications due Friday, October 16, 2017.
The proposal must include information about intellectual property, and a brief development outline with milestones for deliverables. Explain the potential impact on people with epilepsy in terms of the creativity/ingenuity of the concept, as well as significance of this concept as an advancement for people with epilepsy.
Address questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your LOI by Friday, October 16, 2017, 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
As many as six (6) finalists will be selected to present at the 2018 Epilepsy Pipeline Conference (San Francisco, CA, February 22-23, 2018). Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present the concept, followed by 5 minutes of questioning. The "Shark Tank" event will feature live voting among audience members and a panel of judges (Sharks) representative of industry, advocacy, investors, and the research and medical communities. The winning project, or projects, deemed to be the most innovative will be announced at the conclusion of the competition.