Learn about the 2014 BMEStart competition winners

The world needs more effective, functional and affordable technology solutions to clinical medical problems. NCIIA's second annual BMEStart competition recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. The competition is the first in the United States designed specifically for undergraduate biomedical and bioengineering students.

By generating more activity and interest in this field locally, we can stimulate the invention of medical technologies and devices that are adopted as clinical solutions.

Prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 will be awarded.

In addition, now in its second year, NCIIA is partnering with TREAT (Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology) to honor excellence in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies. You could win a $1,000 cash prize!

TREAT is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative consortium between corporate, educational and non-profit entities providing infrastructure support and expert consultation to researchers and innovators interested in the translation and commercialization of rehabilitation research applications.


BMEStart competition timeline

  • Submission deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014
  • July: Judging of entries
  • End of July: Finalists are notified
  • September: Awards will be announced at the 2014 BMES Annual Meeting

Apply and tell us about:

  •  A health-related technology
  •  That is invented by undergraduate students
  •  Which addresses a real clinical need

Competition entries will be judged on the following:

  • technical, economic and regulatory feasibility
  • contribution to human health and quality of life
  • technological innovation
  • potential for commercialization


Additional information

Please note: Cash prizes will be disbursed to each of the winning team's departments to be allocated at the discretion of the faculty advisor.


BMEStart sponsors

The BMEStart competition is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) with support from The Lemelson Foundation, in partnership with IEEE EMBS, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and the Council of Chairs of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Programs.