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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Individuals and Businesses
to Participate in a Competition to Develop Epilepsy Treatments

Shark Tank Competition

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Epilepsy Foundation - Epilepsy Therapy Project

Deadline Date:

10/29/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International individuals and businesses to participate in a competition for the development of new concepts to treat epilepsy. The award will support the development and commercialization of the winning concepts. Projects may include, but are not limited to, new drugs, devices, systems, technologies, and therapies for people with epilepsy and seizures.

The Epilepsy Foundation is inviting submissions representing the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for its annual Shark Tank Competition. This year, the Foundation has two submission categories.

Shark Tank Investment Prize - The Epilepsy Foundation will invest up to $250,000 in a promising new product, technology or therapy to help people with epilepsy through the Epilepsy Ventures Fund. Applicants must have an established business entity to be eligible for the investment and must have a prototype of their product(s). In return for the investment the Epilepsy Ventures Fund expects to participate in ROI generated by the product in a percentage relative to the percentage of the overall project the investment represents. This will be negotiated immediately following the declaration of the winner.

Shark Tank Community Impact Award - The Epilepsy Foundation will award $25,000 to an important product or technology to help people with epilepsy that is not on a commercialization pathway. Unlike the investment prize, applicants that are not associated with companies may apply as long as they have a prototype of their product. Examples of past community funded projects include the seizure and fall detection app, Seizario and the Kenyan epilepsy awareness project, M-Kifafa (now known as Fafanuka).

Investment Prize Examples:

  • A drug or device treatment that stops a seizure (especially those already developed or approved for a different indication)
  • A system that helps patients manage their treatment or their epilepsy (less invasive, less costly anti-epileptic drug measurement, for example)
  • Any other concept that could improve the lives of people with epilepsy potentially in the near future

Community Award Examples: 

  • A project to raise awareness for people with epilepsy through an education platform
  • A device that prevents personal injury from a seizure
  • Any other concept that could improve the lives of people with epilepsy potentially in the near future

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177383

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year, there are two submission categories:

- Shark Tank Investment Prize: Up to $250,000

- Shark Tank Community Impact Award: Up to $25,000

All finalists are eligible for a travel stipend to attend the conference and free conference registration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Investment Prize:
- Applicants must apply as a business entity, no university-based applications will be considered (a university may partner with an existing company to commercialize the venture, where the company would be the applicant).
- Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to market.
- Applicants must be ready to present a prototype of proposed project (must include demonstration of some form of materialization - i.e. early sample, model or release of a product built for testing).
Inventors who submitted ideas for previous Shark Tank Competitions are encouraged to re-submit their ideas if substantial progress has been made.
- Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.

Eligibility for Community Impact Award:
- Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to getting the product to the epilepsy community.
- Applicants must be ready to present a prototype of proposed project (must include demonstration of some form of materialization - i.e. early sample, model or release of a product built for testing).
- Inventors who submitted ideas for previous Shark Tank Competitions are encouraged to re-submit their ideas if substantial progress has been made.
- Applicants may reside in any country. No specific background or experience is required.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit your LOI by October 29, 2021, 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

The Shark Tank review committee will select as many as six finalists. All finalists will be asked to submit a more detailed description of their product subject to additional review and will be invited to present their product concepts or candidates at the Epilepsy Foundation 2022 Pipeline Conference taking place March 3-5, 2022, in Santa Clara, California.

Finalists will be required to pitch their venture at the Epilepsy Foundation 2022 Pipeline Conference, taking place March 3-5, 2022, in Santa Clara, California. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present the concept, followed by 5 minutes of questioning.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOI must be sent in PDF form to sharktank@efa.org. In your subject line, list the program you are applying for (i.e., Investment Prize or Community Impact Award).

Epilepsy Foundation
8301 Professional Place West, Suite 230
Landover, MD 20785
1.800.332.1000

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