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Brainnovations Pitch Contest: Guidelines, FAQs and Submission Form

The Brainnovations Pitch Contest is open to startups worldwide working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every human being thrive in the digital age.

Startups: Submit your idea and Pitch your solution in front of our expert Judges and 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit participants for a chance to get feedback, boost industry recognition and win a prize package that could give a boost to your venture and solution.

Who Should Apply

The contest is open to every startup in the space that meets the following criteria:

  • Has been operating for five years or less
  • Has a running website
  • Can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit, but needs to show a clear revenue model
  • If it is selected as a Finalist, one of the Co-founders can present a Pitch at the Summit, on December 6th, 2017 (requires no travel, as event is virtual)

How to Apply

  1. First, register to participate in the Summit HERE, either with a 3-day pass or a 1-day Brainnovations pass.
  2. Then, submit your application HERE, indicating your primary category of intended use (Healthcare/ Workplace/ Education/ Quality of Life)
  3. The Call for Submissions is open from October 1st  till October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time

What to Expect

  • Three startups per category will be selected as Finalists to pitch at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, based on 1. Novelty; 2. Scalability; 3. Research and IP approach; 4. Impact; and 5. Financial sustainability. Finalists will be announced and notified on Friday, November 10th, 2017.
  • On December 6th, 2017, each Finalist will have 10 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes for Q&A from the Sharp Tank and other Summit participants.
  • (If your startup is not selected as a Finalist, you are still registered and encouraged to attend the Brainnovations Pitch Day — a great opportunity to learn from and network with like-minded pioneers.)
  • Winners will be selected by the Judges at the end of each Brainnovations  session, based on the same 5 criteria above. The selection will be live and shared with Summit participants to maximize transparency and lessons learned.

What Winners get

Each category’s Winner will receive:

  1. Formal recognition as Top Brainnovation in the category
  2. Ten hours of consulting time by members of the Judging Panel and SharpBrains staff
  3. Complimentary access to SharpBrains’ market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology
  4. A profile in SharpBrains website and e-newsletter (over 100,000 monthly readers)
  5. Support in outreach to media/ partners/ clients/ investors during 3 months

— Brainnovations Judging Panel


This contest is being organized to stimulate interest in technology development and in no way comprises an offer of endorsement or support (financial or otherwise) of products or services that may be developed as a result. Applicants should further recognize that neither SharpBrains nor any Judges or Summit participants can be responsible for any intellectual property rights claims that may arise from participating in this contest.

Other questions?

Please contact us.