Medical Device Accelerator

2019 call for proposals

The deadline to apply for this opportunity has passed.  Individuals and teams can expect to hear about the status of their applications in early November.

What teams receive

Teams selected to participate in the Medical Device Accelerator receive:

  • Seed funding: Seed funding of $5,000 - 50,000 to develop your concept
  • Project support: Advisors will help you refine your design, build partnerships and achieve proof of concept
  • Access to experts: We partner with best in class companies to assist with engineering and design, manufacturing, regulatory guidance, quality systems, and marketing


Penn Medicine and University of Pennsylvania employees are eligible to participate in the Medical Device Accelerator.

Evaluation criteria

Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary team of medical device experts that will assist in selecting projects based on the following criteria:

  • Potential for impact
  • Potential for commercialization and creation of new intellectual property
  • Strength of solution

Key dates

  • July 12 at 12 PM: Application period opens
  • September 23 at 5 PM: Application deadline
  • October 28: Interview day (A select group of finalists will be invited in for interview)
  • November: Submitters of accepted proposals notified

IP and licensing compensation

Individuals participating in the Medical Device Accelerator are subject to the Patent and Tangible Research Property Policies and Procedures of the University of Pennsylvania.  

Past winners

Watch the video below to learn more about how the program works and reference past winners here



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