SLAS Ignite Award

The SLAS Ignite Award is designed to recognise the best start-up or emerging company exhibiting within Innovation AveNEW, a specially designated area within the Exhibition.

Companies selected to exhibit within 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 a balanced company leadership, among other qualities.

The inaugural award was presented at the SLAS2019 International Conference and Exhibition (Washington, DC, USA) to SEED Biosciences (Switzerland) for their revolutionary pipette that allows scientists to view single cells at a single cell resolution. Along with being named the first-ever SLAS Ignite Award winner, SEED Biosciences received a $5,000 cash prize.

At the SLAS2020 International Conference and Exhibition (San Diego, CA, USA), the award and cash prize was presented to Correlia Biosystems (Berkeley, CA, USA).

Competition Guidelines and Process

All Innovation AveNEW participating companies are invited to participate in the SLAS Ignite Award judging process and are allowed to opt-out of award consideration. The companies that opt in will be judged virtually in a first-round process and a group of finalists will be selected to be judged on site at SLAS Europe 2020.

Judging will take place Wednesday, June 3 in the Innovation AveNEW area and in the Exhibition Hall. The competing companies will also make a brief presentation in the Exhibition Theatre on Wednesday, June 3, (presentation times to be scheduled). The award winner will be announced no later than Thursday, June 4.

A panel of judges will visit the booths and meet with each company’s representative. There may be more than one group of judges visiting the booth during exhibition hours.

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.

Judging criteria include:

Presentation (at booth)

  • Was the company representative able to speak to the product/technology comfortably and clearly?
  • Was the marketing, web/social media presence clear and evident?
  • Did the company have flyers, handouts?
  • Could the product or service be clearly demonstrated?

Presentation (in Exhibition Theatre)

  • Did the company representative explain the key concept(s) well?
  • Did the company representative provide the correct amount of background information so that the audience could understand the trajectory of the company from inception?

Market Impact

  • Is the market potential evident (extreme niche/niche/moderate/large)?
  • Does the company have a clear competitive advantage and is the product/technology significantly better than currently available or potentially competing technologies?
  • Is the proposed product/technology highly innovative?
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