Turn your idea into reality.
Do you have an idea that can improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries?
We’re here to make your idea a reality.
MARCH – AUGUST 2021
Demonstrate a transformative commercializable concept to improve the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries
How it works
The Praxis Ideation Challenge is a program intended to help you develop or refine potentially commercializable ideas for those living with SCI. Based on your Video Ideas or Concept Pitch, triage your needs and through an active learning curriculum, mentorship, milestone awards, and prototyping support, the Praxis Ideation Challenge will help you get your idea or concept ready for investment.
The challenge at a Glance:
- WE Challenge YOU: Demonstrate a transformative commercializable concept to improve the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries
- YOU Respond: submit video or concept
- WE Triage: match resources, mentorship and support
- WE Support: to help develop selected concepts
- YOU Present: to funders and investors at Demo Day.
Competitions & awards
Join up to four competitions for the chance to win prizes up to $25,000
Mentorship & internships
Gain access to mentors to receive expert guidance while developing your idea
Strategy & Support
Explore opportunities to engage with potential investors, partners, clients, and key opinion leaders
About the Challenge
The Praxis SCI Ideation Challenge is a six-month staged global design challenge to develop ideas that can improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injuries. The Challenge is open to the public and backed by leading Canadian institutions, advisors, and advocates.
What is SCI?
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal which often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury.
- SCI is a complex condition where no two injuries are alike
- Having a spinal cord injury can impact an individuals’ quality of life, financial status, relationships, work, and community participation, as well as mental health
Individuals living with spinal cord injuries can experience multiple primary and secondary health complications.
Upcoming events and opportunities
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