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Innovation AveNEW  for Start-Ups

Companies selected to exhibit within Innovation AveNEW are given the opportunity to elevate the promotion of their new company, product or service. This specially designated area of the SLAS2021 virtual Exhibition space will connect you to purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world — at no cost. Innovation AveNEW companies pay no fees and are rewarded with access to a global audience, business consulting, and are invited to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award, which recognizes the best start-up or emerging company with a $5000 award and multi-channel publicity before, during and after the event.

In addition, companies selected to exhibit within Innovation AveNEW, and who opt-in to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award, will be judged by an SLAS panel on a combination of key concepts, including their marketing plan, market presence and potential; funding prospects; plan for growth and the existence of a balanced company leadership, among other qualities, for a chance to win $5,000.

Innovation AveNEW Application - Deadline Extended to Friday, October 16!

Hear more about how Innovation AveNEW helped fan the flames of exposure for these past participants: 

Iscaffpharma Highlights Technology & Innovation AveNEW Opportunity 

Synthace's Experience with Innovation AveNEW 

2019 Ignite Award Winner: SEED Biosciences 

Who Should Apply?

Interested companies must align in some fashion with the area of life sciences and technology and while not required, an established relationship with a university, bioscience incubator or research institution is preferable. The company’s products and/or services must be available for sale/distribution within the year of their conference participation.

Application Process

All applications are reviewed by the Innovation AveNEW Review Panel, who will evaluate applications for technical merit and commercial feasibility as well as other criteria, inclusive of, but not limited to:

  • Compelling science and technology
  • Clarity of vision and market opportunity (business plan)
  • Strength of management team
  • Impact on the field of life sciences discovery and technology
  • Start-up status

Only 24 start-up companies will be chosen for this program in 2021 and a single company may be selected for participation only one time. These spots go quickly!

SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final. Companies selected for participation in Innovation AveNEW must agree to and adhere to the rules and regulations for participation.

Benefits and Privileges of Participation 

SLAS is dedicated to advancing life sciences discovery and technology and connecting its users to each other. To fulfill that mission, companies selected to participate in Innovation AveNEW receive at no cost:

  • Digital exhibit space in the Exhibition. (Innovation AveNEW participants must have an official company representative present in their booth space at all times during show hours.)
  • Mentorship opportunity to collaborate with expert life sciences business professionals.
  • Access to thousands of practicing life sciences researchers, purchasing decision-makers and potential business partners; ample time for networking
  • Complimentary registration to SLAS Ignite entrepreneurial workshop
  • Invitation to be featured on the SLAS podcast, New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists

Finally, all participating companies are asked to submit a previously unpublished scientific manuscript (original research or a related review paper) for peer-reviewed publication in one of two SLAS journals — SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology — post-conference.

Critical Dates

View Innovation AveNEW Application

Deadline for Innovation AveNEW Applicants — Friday, October 16, 2020

Announcement of Selected Innovation AveNEW companies — Week of November 9, 2020

Deadline for Ignite Award opt-in — Monday, November 23, 2020

Announcement of Finalists for Ignite Award — Week of December 14, 2020

Need more information? Contact Elizabeth Frank, Program Manager, efrank@slas.org or +1.630.256.7527, ext. 102.