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LaunchPad

A Rehabilitation Technology Innovation Competition

Developed by the ACRM Technology Networking Group

Calling for Submissions

Deadline to submit: 30 APRIL 2024

ACRM especially encourages proposals that are:

  • Interdisciplinary in nature
  • Include international topics / are from international applicants
  • From students and early career professionals
  • From those who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science.

Launchpad at the ACRM Annual 2024 Fall Conference

This year’s competition will be held during the ACRM Annual Conference — the largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research conference in the world.

ACRM is where cutting-edge research and technology meet clinical practice to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. The conference is attended by thousands of researchers and clinicians who value cutting-edge research and technology.

“LaunchPad offers a unique opportunity for startups and R&D labs to receive feedback on their rehabilitation technology solutions directly from experts with deep knowledge of health technology R&D, rehabilitation services and technology acquisition.” 
Megan Mitchell
Megan Mitchell
PhD, Past Chair of the LaunchPad Task Force and Past Program Chair

What is it?

The ACRM Technology Networking Group is pleased to announce LaunchPad — an exciting opportunity to pitch your company or idea to a panel of rehab industry experts and an audience of clinicians, researchers, engineers, and decision-makers to receive market feedback and win prizes.

LaunchPad is an annual competition created to highlight innovative rehabilitation technologies developed by non-profit research and engineering labs and startup companies. The competition is held at ACRM’s annual conference each fall.

2023 LaunchPad Winners

2024 Contestants

Contestants will be announced — Early SUMMER 2024

How it Works

STAGE 1 – Spring

LaunchPad is a 6-month, 2-stage competition, beginning with the submission of applications in the spring by competitors. The application deadline is 30 April 2024.  Applications should include an Executive Summary that describes the following:

  • Your innovative rehabilitation technology
  • Your target user
  • The problem addressed
  • Evidence of efficacy and other user feedback
  • Evidence of adoption, if any

 

Download the Executive Summary Outline to identify the information needed to submit an application.

Submit an Application >>

Accepted Competitors receive 20% DISCOUNT off the Registration Rates for the Annual Conference.

Applications will be reviewed by the LaunchPad Task Force of ACRM’s Technology Networking Group and five finalists will be chosen.

STAGE 2 – Fall

Finalists will present their technologies before a panel of interdisciplinary judges, including healthcare administrators, rehabilitation technology researchers and engineers, rehabilitation clinicians, medical doctors, and technology entrepreneurs to win prizes and gain valuable feedback from rehab professionals at the ACRM Annual Conference.

Who Should Apply?

  • Early-stage health technology companies
    • (Limited to companies that have been in business less than 5 years, have up to Series A funding OR below $500K in gross revenue from product sales
  • Rehabilitation research labs/ researchers working on technology-based solutions
  • Accepted Competitors receive 20% DISCOUNT off the Registration Rates for the Annual Conference

Audience

The conference is attended by thousands of researchers, physicians and clinicians, engineers, and business and community leaders who value cutting-edge rehabilitation research and technology. Last year, 81% of all attendees identified themselves as purchasing decision-makers & influencers for their departments!

Awards & Prizes

First place: “Best Overall”

  • The recipient will receive an 8 x 10 inline exhibit booth space at the ACRM 2024 Annual Conference EXPO, including 1 exhibitor registrations to attend Core Conference programming ($4,499 value)
  • The recipient will be interviewed for an upcoming episode of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation podcast, RehabCast.

Secondary awards: “Most Innovative” and “Most Impactful”

* The “Most Innovative” and “Most Impactful” winners will be featured in a shared inline booth space (8’ x 10’) at the ACRM 2024 Annual Conference EXPO.

* All three winners will receive one complimentary full color one-page advertisement in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

ACRM Technology Networking Group

The Technology Networking Group (TNG) aims to be recognized as the leading international networking group providing collaboration and resources for development and deployment of technology in the field of rehabilitation medicine.

  • Venue for interdisciplinary group of rehabilitation professionals – academicians, clinicians, researchers, rehabilitation, technology industry, end-users.
  • Interdisciplinary group dedicated to promoting rehab technology R&D, bench-to-bedside application to the clinical environment and effective technology transfer for availability to end-users.

Questions or Referrals?

Email Raeda Anderson, PhD or submit them via the form below. 

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