IDEA² provides mentoring and connections to biomedical innovators around the world to develop and realize their project ideas. It is especially valuable for trainees, early-stage professionals, and those who have few opportunities in their normal work to participate in innovation projects.
“IDEA² showed me how important it is to make your idea understood … I thought that all the people who were talking to me were doctors, or they understood medicine. But they aren’t. They are from business, from medical sector industries, different sectors. … [The mentors] gave me the ability to understand my own project.”—Sara Martínez Díez, 2014
Precise problem identification and definition is integral to technology innovations that benefit patients. One of the most important determinants of success and impact lies in selecting (and solving) the right problem. The overarching objective of this program is to provide a structured process that guides, mentors, and supports problem definition/development to put projects on a path to impact.
IDEA² recruits new project teams of one or more individuals, and provides innovation training, presentation skill building, and team-specific mentorship and guidance by internationally-recognized experts. Teams who complete IDEA² have projects more clearly focused on a driving medical need, a broader network of connections, and improved ability to compete for collaborators and funding.
Each edition of IDEA², which is about 6 months long, recruits new project teams of one or more individuals, and provides innovation training, presentation skill building, and team-specific mentorship and guidance by internationally-recognized experts.
Teams who exit IDEA² have projects more clearly focused on a compelling medical need, a broader network of connections, and improved ability to compete for collaborators and funding.
IDEA² is based on two prior programs, IDEA² at Harvard-MIT HST, and IDEA² Madrid, a program of the Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium.
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IDEA² at HST
Since 2008, IDEA² has awarded $850K in student support and individually matched 75 students into ~200 new mentoring relationships. 42 of those students were full awardees who received either one semester of RA support OR research funds. The remaining 23 were finalists who received a $1000 stipend bonus.
Launched in 2012, IDEA² Madrid has involved 88 participants in 36 teams, and over 135 mentors internationally. Four individuals among IDEA² Madrid Finalist teams have since been awarded the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Spain. Read more about IDEA² Madrid on the M+Visión website.