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 to the three winning teams. Cash prizes will be disbursed to each of the winning team's departments to be allocated at the discretion of the faculty advisor.
BMEStart competition timeline
- May 2: BMEStart 2014 application deadline
- May-July 15: Judging of entries
- End of July: Finalists are notified
- September: Awards will be announced at the 2013 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
- View the complete competition guidelines and apply
- Previous winners:
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.
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