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.

 

Ideation Challenge

MARCH – AUGUST 2021

Demonstrate a transformative commercializable concept to improve the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries

Latest updates

Praxis Pitch OFF: Your vote decides who wins $5K

We’re excited to invite you for the Praxis Ideation Challenge’s Live Pitch Competition “Pitch OFF” on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST! As of April 5th, we received pitches from over 70 people from across Canada, spanning many interdisciplinary...

Get HELP developing your ideas – Apply Now!

Did you miss the Early Bird submission deadline of our challenge on April 5th? Not to worry, it’s not too late.  The Ideation Clinic is here to help you develop your ideas--you can still submit concepts for review and support.  When you submit a concept or video, it...

Highlights from Workshop IV: Opportunities for Innovation

On April 26, 2021, the Praxis Ideation Challenge welcomed individuals from varied fields of innovation & science from across Canada to our third workshop focused on Opportunities for Innovation. Dr. Christopher Bouwmeester, Lead Mentor at the Ideation.Clinic...

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:

    1. WE Challenge YOU: Demonstrate a transformative commercializable concept to improve the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries
    2. YOU Respond: submit video or concept
    3. WE Triage: match resources, mentorship and support
    4. WE Support: to help develop selected concepts
    5. 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

    Workshop IV: Opportunities for Innovation

    Workshop IV: Opportunities for Innovation

    How to "Get-Unstuck" to generate and refine creative concepts by facilitating diverse read more

    Workshop I: Understanding Innovation

    Workshop I: Understanding Innovation

    Validating a Need worth solving by applying the three steps of Validation: Unlearn, ... read more

    Prototype Demo Day

    Prototype Demo Day

    Join us for a day of prototype demonstrations read more

    Workshop VI: Implementing prototypes

    Workshop VI: Implementing prototypes

    This workshop will look at strategy development and business planning to identify ... read more

    Workshop II: Choosing Winning Projects

    Workshop II: Choosing Winning Projects

    This workshop will provide an overview of different pathways to market for Biomedical read more

    Workshop V: Safety & Efficacy

    Workshop V: Safety & Efficacy

    This workshop explores prototyping and evaluation strategies for different ... read more

    Workshop III: Framing Contexts

    Workshop III: Framing Contexts

    This workshop will help participants look at ways of formulating the problem ... read more

    Pitch Off!

    Pitch Off!

    Which Ideas deserve your support. read more

    Updates

    We’re committed to keep you informed. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date about challenge events, opportunities and resources.

    IP and Public Disclosures

    IP and Public Disclosures

    Treat your solution as a black box, explain the inputs and possible outputs read more

    Pitch Off!

    Pitch Off!

    Which Ideas deserve your support. read more

    Zoya Retiwalla

    Zoya Retiwalla

    Role: Marketing and Communications Director

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