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 third annual Shark Tank Competition. The winner(s) of the 2014 Shark Tank Competition will receive international recognition and compete for awards totaling $200,000 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 Friday, March 14, 2014. 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 2014 Epilepsy Pipeline Conference, scheduled from June 5-7. 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 $200,000 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.
Examples of novel concepts:
LOI Applications due Friday, March 14, 2014
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 email@example.com.
Please submit your LOI by Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Proposal Content and Layout
Proposals will be scored based on the following criteria:
Selected Proposals/Finalists: As many as five (5) finalists will be selected to present at the 2014 Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference (San Francisco, June 5–7, 2014). 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 on Friday, June 6th.
New! Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo: We are pleased to announce plans for an exciting new pilot program designed to help accelerate funding, provide exposure and crowd engagement for winners and / or finalists of the Epilepsy Therapy Project Shark Tank Competition through a collaborative crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Stay tuned for more information!