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Innovation AveNEW  for Start-Ups

Each year SLAS invites and encourages start-ups and emerging life sciences and technology companies to apply for space on Innovation AveNEW, a specially designated area within the Exhibition.

The mission of Innovation AveNEW is simple — to offer start-up, entrepreneurial companies in the area of life sciences and technology a venue for positive, collaborative interaction and exposure for their product and/or service concepts. Companies whose applications are chosen for Innovation AveNEW are given the opportunity to actively engage in the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition without having to pay exhibition fees or travel costs, helping to grow and scale their business and directly connecting them with purchasing influencers and decision-makers from around the world.

Innovation AveNEW Application

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.

Participation Benefits

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:

  • Kiosk space on the Exhibition floor, including space for a computer and literature, signage, an Internet connection and power. (Innovation AveNEW participants must have an official company representative present in their booth space at all times during show hours.)
  • Travel and lodging for one (1) person coordinated through SLAS Travel Service Desk (must be pre-approved, airfare up to $1,500 USD max per traveler and three nights lodging).
  • Access to thousands of practicing life sciences researchers, purchasing decision-makers and potential business partners; ample time for networking.
  • Access to SLAS Ignite entrepreneurial workshops and presentations, and opportunity to collaborate with expert life sciences business professionals.

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

Deadline for Innovation AveNEW Applicants — Monday, October 12, 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.