Pitch Competition

Do you have a start-up or business plan set up for the next great brain innovation and are up for some competition? Then the Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition is the opportunity for you! Pitch your business in no more than 180 seconds to join the running for a Jury and/or Public Prize.

In 2021, the first Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition was held online, amassing more than 1000 audience votes. This year, the Pitch Competition will go live in person, with the finalists pitching on stage in Brussels

We want to provide the opportunity to showcase great examples of brain innovation in Europe that can create positive impact — innovations and solutions that will improve the quality of life of people with brain disorders (neurological and mental alike) and support clinicians, researchers, patients & caregivers, industry, and society as a whole.  

Applications are now closed. 

  • Finalists are expected to attend the BIDays in person and present their pitch on stage.
  • Only one pitch can be submitted per company. 
  • All Finalists will receive waived tickets to attend the Brain Innovation Days. Already bought one to avail of the Early Bird? No problem, if you make it to the Final, we’ll reimburse you – or invite you to pass your ticket on to a colleague!

The application process consists of 3 rounds and applications must be submitted online via Oxford Abstracts. 

  • Round 1: Open submissions for eligible start-ups (see below). Answer a few questions, provide a bit of background material and off you go.  
  • Round 2 (Live Finals): The Live Pitch Finale! This is where the magic happens. The 5 finalists chosen by our experts will compete LIVE at the Brain Innovation Days. Once all finalists have pitched, our panel of judges will choose a first winner. The public will choose the 2nd winner for the public prize. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The startup must be less than 5 years old; it can still be early stage, however, you must already have a company name and business plan. 
  • The startups needs to be focused on solutions/innovations supporting the brain innovation community (researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, society) to improve the quality of life of people with brain disorders (neurological and mental alike) and with a strong societal impact. 
  • Startups with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion are strongly invited to apply.  

All information must be submitted and presented in clear English with accurate grammar and spelling. 

After you start submitting your application, you can re-enter the submission link at any time to view and edit your information until you submit. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email containing the title of your pitch. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail or have any other questions related to the pitch competition submission, please contact the BIDays team at info@braininnovationdays.eu.

Jury members are experts from the wider networks of the European Brain Council and Brain Innovation Days, with varying backgrounds in the brain space. They will review the excellence of your submission and ask questions before and during the day of the live pitch competition. 

The Application Review Committee and Jury is made up of:

Prof. Peter Falkai, President, European Psychiatric Association (EPA)
Dr Orla Galvin, Executive Director, European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)
Dr Kathleen Gorman, Board Member, European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)
Dr Ming Lim, Board Member, European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS)
Maarten Van Gorp, Start-up Scout and Project Officer, Imec.istart

Ann Van Mele, Venture Acceleration Manager – Health, Imec.istart
Christos Vaitsis, External Business & Innovation Consultant, EIT Health
Diana Saraceni, Founder & Managing Partner, Panakès Partners

  • First round of applications closes on 31 August.
  • The finalists will be announced in September 2022.

On the 12 October, the 5 finalists will pitch their idea LIVE on stage in 3 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

Didn’t make it into the final round but want to showcase your work at the Brain Innovation Days anyway? We also have Poster Presentation and Innovation Showcase slots ⁠— more info available here. Applications are closed but please drop us a line if interested and we may be able to accommodate info@braininnovationdays.eu

Get inspiration from the winners of the Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition 2021