The SLAS Ignite Award recognizes the best start-up or emerging company exhibiting within Innovation AveNEW, the specially designated area for start-ups and emerging companies within the Exhibition.
Companies selected for Innovation AveNEW, and who opt-in to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award, will be judged by an SLAS panel on a combination of key concepts, including their marketing plan, market presence and potential, funding prospects, plan for growth and the existence of balanced company leadership, among other qualities, for a chance to win $5,000.
Listen to the New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists podcast episode, Solving Problems for the World's Good, to hear from Steven Graves, CEO and Founder of 2022 SLAS Ignite Award Award winner, BennuBio, Inc.
Deadline for SLAS2024 Innovation AveNEW Applicants — Monday, September 18
Announcement of SLAS2023 Innovation AveNEW companies — mid-October
Deadline to Opt-In for the Ignite Award — TBD
Announcement of Ignite Award finalists — mid-December
Pre-judging will take place in November and December to select the top five (5) finalists for on-site judging for the Ignite Award.
Judging will take place during the conference in the Innovation AveNEW area of the Exhibition. A panel of judges will visit the booths and meet with each company’s representative. There must always be AT LEAST ONE person at the booth during the judging period who can discuss the company’s mission with the judges.
The competing companies will also provide a brief presentation in the Ignite Theater for inclusion in the judging.
The judging panel’s decision will be based on a series of criteria (in no order of significance) evaluated through presentations at the company’s booth and in the Exhibition Theater:
5-to-1 Rating Scale:
5 — Outstanding, Novel and Broad Impact for a New Product
4 — Very Good, Solid, Novel Product
3 — Some Unique New Product Qualities
2 — Needs More Proof and Development
1 — Not Substantially New or Improved
All companies who are chosen to exhibit in Innovation AveNEW are eligible to compete for the SLAS Ignite Award. Innovation AveNEW companies must align in some fashion with the area of life sciences and technology, and while it is 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 in the year of their conference participation.
Discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status or disability in regard to the SLAS Ignite Award designation is prohibited. Each candidate company shall be evaluated based on the award's criteria, which are tied to SLAS's purpose of advancing science and education through technology in the laboratory.
SLAS reserves the right to select and deselect any company at any given time. All decisions are final.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Salerno, Program Coordinator.