APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2022 SYNAPSE PITCH COMPETITION

Innovator finalists receive training, mentorship, a $5,000 grant and a chance to pitch and compete for up to $50,000 in prizes

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Synapse combines the ideas and research of life science innovators with the intellect and strategy of students. Which one are you?

WHY PARTICIPATE

  • Receive a $5,000 grant to support the growth of your business

  • Develop your commercialization plan and pitch

  • Participate in business training workshops to help you bring your idea to market

  • Work with Masters/Ph.D. students with expertise in biomedical, business and engineering

  • Establish valuable connections within the life science community

  • PLUS! Compete for a chance to win over $50,000 cash and in-kind prizes.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

  • Early-stage companies, innovators, scientists or researchers with a life science product, service or idea

  • A driven, coachable, and collaborative leadership founder/team

  • Located in Southern Ontario

  • Companies who are incorporated in Canada or will have completed incorporation by December 31, 2021

  • Has not placed in the top 10 at a previous LiONS LAIR, or placed in the top 3 at a previous Synapse Competition

HEAR FROM A PREVIOUS INNOVATOR!

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WHY PARTICIPATE

  • Receive a $500 honorarium for participating

  • Gain business experience working with an innovative life science start-up company

  • Work hands-on to create a commercialization plan, poster and prepare a pitch

  • Attend business training workshops and grow your resume

  • Establish valuable connections within the life science community

WHO SHOULD APPLY

  • Upper-year college and university students

  • Master’s-level or Ph.D. students

  • Recent graduates

  • Experience in business, engineering, science, or commercialization

  • Interest in partnering with an innovator to help commercialize their idea

HEAR FROM A PREVIOUS STUDENT!

STILL NOT CONVINCED? HERE'S ANOTHER!

 

KEY DATES

 October 7, 2021:  Applications open

November 7, 2021:  Applications Close

December 2021:  Finalists Notified

January 6, 2022:  Networking & Team Formation

January 12+13, 2022:  Commercialization Plan Training

January 20, 2022:  Regulatory Training

Jan or Feb, 2022:  Business Advisory Meetings

February 10, 2022:  Commercialization Plan Due

February 17, 2022:  Investor Pitch Training

March 11, 2022:  Elevator Pitch & Poster Due

March 23, 2022:  SYNAPSE PITCH COMPETITION SHOWCASE

*Dates subject to change

Questions about the competition? Email kaitlyn.spivak@innovationfactory.ca

 

Some

Some fine print.

Participants shall:

1) Complete and submit an online application by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 7, 2021
2) Certify that any documentation shared in the application process is their own work;
3) Certify that they abide by all guidelines of the Forum; and
4) Be limited to submitting only one application per participant.

Any submissions received by the Organizers, which are illegible or have not been received through legitimate channels are automatically void.

The Organizer assumes no responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, or the failure of any application to be received by the Organizer on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof.

 

Participants selected to participate in the Forum will be notified by telephone or email. Up to three (3) attempts will be made to contact the selected participants within three days following their selection. The Organizers accept no liability for incorrect, incomplete or illegible contact information provided. If a selected participant cannot be contacted in the manner described above or fails to respond in a timely manner, its application will receive no further consideration by the evaluation panel.

Impartial third-party judges will evaluate and score all applications, from which up to 15 (fifteen) finalists will be selected.

The participants chosen are required to:

  • participate in training sessions from January to March;

  • submit a commercialization plan;

  • deliver a verbal pitch that will be recorded and made available online;

  • participate in sponsor related engagements;

  • participate in the in-person or virtual production of the Competition