Are you ready for the Bionics Challenge 2021?

Cash prizes and customised mentoring and commercialisation training programs valued at over $300,000 will be provided to Bionics Challenge ’21 winners!

Bionics Challenge 2021 delivered in partnership with MAIC Queensland is shaping up to be an exciting event for medtech innovators.

A first-ever National Bionics Innovation Prize of $25,000 sponsored by Morgans Financial is open now to innovators from all Australian states and territories along with Bionics Challenge Major Category Awards for Queensland-led teams with 4 x $50,000 cash prizes and four $8,000 Early-Stage Bionic Innovation Awards on offer.

Bionics Challenge 2021 is set to reach new heights with Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC QLD) support, national and state cash prizes plus our Bionics Deeptech Mentoring and Commercialisation Training and expert advice on financial planning and capital raising from Morgans Financial.

Our winners will receive healthy ‘kickstart funds’ and connect with an internationally recognised medtech advisor. They will also receive expert insights from Morgans Financial ($25,000 value) and see an exciting array of new partnership opportunities unfold! Be in it to win and assemble your team now!

Bionics Challenge 2021 will deliver healthy ‘kickstart’ funds and Bionics Deeptech mentoring with access to expert medtech advisors and new partnership opportunities!

 

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It’s time to work ‘head-to-head’ with others to jumpstart that new bionic discovery, fast track your innovation and transform lives…perhaps the life of someone you already know.

Bionics Challenge 2021 covers four main categories of bionic innovation…

Bionic Mobility

Bionic-robotic technologies, devices and power sources to optimise bionic limbs, hands and feet; robotic gloves and exoskeletons; plus bionic interfaces that seek to restore spinal sensation and movement.

Bionic Senses

Devices and technologies focused on: hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch and other senses – balance, skin tension, pressure, pain & temperature.

Bionic Implants & Organs

Bio-robotic and AI-enabled organs or organ software; biofabricated tissue-engineered implants; bionic organs and organoids; nano-devices and treatments.

Bionics, the Brain, Neurotech and AI

Neural or AI-enabled implants; bioelectric stimulation therapies or treatments, novel optogenetic therapies, brain-computer-interface devices, electroceuticals and related rehabilitation technologies.

We’re inviting Queensland’s ‘best and brightest’ from all regions and all walks of life to help redefine what it means to live with a disability or chronic disease.

Our mission to transform lives will see us:

Identify, support and energise Australian innovations and research aligned to new or improved medical bionic devices, limbs/prosthetics, organs, treatments and cutting-edge bionics technologies (in the proposal or early development phase)

Mentor and connect ‘stand-out’ innovators, research projects, businesses and technologies contributing to a world-class medical bionics innovation and research culture and a vibrant Australian medtech industry cluster.

Upskill and reward individuals and teams researching, inventing and developing clinically-relevant bionics solutions and treatments (in the start-up community and in universities, hospitals, clinics, research institutes, SMEs and the general community)

Tell the stories of real people and lives transformed by bionic innovations – understanding the needs of end users (clinical and knowledge-related) and helping people from all walks of life to realise their dreams with new bionic solutions and assistive technologies.

How do we define ‘bionics’?

A genuine bionic solution will involve a therapeutic intervention, sensory feedback and/or full or partial restoration of a human function via a prosthesis, implanted device, stent or organ aided by brain-computer or machine interfaces, implanted AI or electrical stimulation of nerves or muscles. Neurobionic treatments, external stimulation devices, wearables and allied health services expand the possibilities for consumers.

Help redefine what it means to live with a disability or chronic disease

Building great teams, accelerating innovation

Our Bionics Deeptech Mentoring and Commercialisation Training Program is offered in two formats pending the background and experiences of our Challenge 2021 start-ups and R&D teams.

An 8-Week Program of Bionics Deeptech Webinars, Sprints and Exercises plus Milestone Deep-Dive Sessions. The deep-dives to review team progress feature at the start, middle and end of the program and are repeated quarterly or half yearly for Bionics Challenge winners (aligned to progressive allocation of cash prizes).

A 5-Week Bionics Deeptech Immersion purpose-built for teams seeking a top-up intensive or shorter program. Bionics Challenge winners must have some prior knowledge of medtech innovations and commercialisation to enter this program.

Our Bionics Challenge 2021 winners will receive project-specific mentoring from Dr Robyn Stokes (CEO / business and marketing strategist) and Dr Laura Faulconer (global VC executive, medtech startup founder, architect of Australia’s Actuator fund and an all-round guru on accelerating and partnering to succeed. Challenge finalists and winners will also interact with a stellar line-up of internationally recognised business and medtech advisors and supporting agencies.

“This Challenge is a chance for anyone living anywhere in Queensland with a great idea to make a difference. Now is the time to get involved to help transform lives.”

Dr Dimity Dornan AO – Founder of Bionics Queensland

Bionics Challenge 2021

This years Bionics Challenge, delivered in partnership with the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Qld) has an overall $300,000 in combined Cash Prizes, Mentoring and Acceleration.