An interactive workshop for advanced degree students and early career professionals to build entrepreneurial skills in neurotechnology using the proven Biodesign method.

The NeuroDesign Entrepreneurs Workshop is a weekend event using the Biodesign process to explore healthtech entrepreneurship all through the lens of neurotechnology. Featuring an amazing faculty and cohort of students, this course will prepare you for a career in neurotech startups and provide you with an amazing network to help you as you get started.

Accepted participants will be formed into teams and assigned a clinical need, then work with faculty, advisors, and mentors to design a solution and build a business plan around their solution. Teams will receive didactic instruction, mentoring, and one-on-one advising throughout the program. To end the program, teams will pitch their solutions to a group of judges.


Thursday Evening

  • Participants arrive on Thursday afternoon

  • Welcome dinner, with introductory lectures on needs finding and the Biodesign process


  • A full day of working through the Identify and Invent phases of the Biodesign process, to explore different designs and investigating how these designs would uniquely meet the clinical need.

  • Plenty of time for networking with the amazing group of student and faculty attendees

  • A nice dinner with fun activities and more Biodesign, networking, and an assignment due on Saturday morning

  • Faculty reception


  • Lectures on financing a startup and financing strategy

  • Modules on IP, regulatory, market, reimbursement, and business strategies for possible solutions to the clinical needs

  • Fun evening activities and an assignment due on Sunday morning


  • Interactive pitch workshop

  • Pitch your new business idea to a team of judges!

  • Fly out on Sunday afternoon

Application deadline: June 30th, 2022. Applications for 2022 have been closed. The 2023 application will open in Spring, 2023.

Acceptance notifications: July 18th, 2022

Workshop dates: September 22-25th, 2022

Location: Case Western Reserve University

Registration fees: FREE. Students admitted into the program will be provided with three nights of lodging at the conference hotel. Meals will also be provided at the event.

Travel costs: Students are responsible for travel costs. Travel awards may be provided to provide partial reimbursements, depending on availability.

Applicants will be notified by July 18th, 2022, of their admission status. Those admitted will be required to commit or decline no later than 11:59 pm EDT on July 22nd, 2022.

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