IDEA² Global: Mentoring and connections for medical technology innovators
1:1 project-specific mentoring from matched experts
Pitch skills training
Elite international network connections
IDEA² Global 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 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.
“IDEA² Madrid 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 Catalysts] gave me the ability to understand my own project.”—Sara Martínez Díez, IDEA² Madrid, 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.