The Winning Pitch Challenge – Retina

Round 1 Submission Deadline: November 29, 2020 (rolling advancement to Round 2)

Mentors are assigned first-come, first-served
so complete Round 1 submission ASAP!

Round 2 Submission Deadline: January 3, 2021

Announcement of Finalists: January 17, 2021

Virtual WPC-Retina Finals: February 6, 2021; 9:30 am – 11:00 am CT

Round 1: Submission Screening (evaluated on a rolling basis)

  • Successful submissions meet the following criteria:
    • Concept addresses a significant problem facing retina specialists and/or their patients
    • Applicant is ASRS member in good standing
    • Applicant commits to present at ASRS Annual Meeting if selected as finalist
    • Applicant has submitted at least a provisional application for patent for their idea by WPC submission deadline
    • **WPC website contains information on resources that may help applicant complete provisional application for patent prior to submission deadline
  • TIP! Get your Round 1 submission in ASAP and take advantage of added time for mentor to assist you in development of your business plan and pitch deck
  • **Mentors are in limited supply and are provided on first-come first-serve basis so submit application ASAP**

Round 2: Semi-finalists (advance to Round 2 on rolling basis,
immediately after successful review of Round 1 submission)

  • Applicant paired with a Mentor from The Winning Pitch Challenge Mentor Program
  • Mentor evaluates applicant concept, business model, etc and provides feedback and advice on how to maximize impact of submission
  • Pitch deck is developed with input and guidance from Mentor
  • Judges select top 3 submissions for Round 3: Live delivery of pitches to the judges during The Winning Pitch Challenge@ASRS Annual Meeting
  • The Winning Pitch Challenge finalists represents concepts that the judges believe provide the most compelling potential solutions for significant retina problems

Round 3: Finalists live pitch at ASRS Annual Meeting

  • Mentors provide feedback on PowerPoint deck and pitch delivery
  • Finalists pitch to judges during The Winning Pitch Challenge held during the ASRS Annual Meeting
  • Judges provide feedback on pitch and whether they would be interested in having additional discussions regarding a potential equity investment
  • $25,000 cash prize for first place, $15,000 cash price for second place, and $5,000 for third place to defray development costs