Programs & Outreach

iMatSci Innovation Showcase: Innovation in Materials Science

Drive your venture to success…
Become an iMatSci INNOVATOR!

Innovators demo their technology to a potential investorAre you a pre-revenue or seed-stage materials innovator and entrepreneur looking to demonstrate the value of your product to high-level decision makers and materials venture investors? 

Join us for the iMatSci Innovation Showcase, where you will have the unprecedented opportunity to meet and interact with industry, R&D leaders, and investors who can help to effectively lead your venture to success!


Why Get Involved?

Each innovator will be provided with tabling space at the Hynes Convention Center to present his/her technology or product using various forms of media such as pitch decks, marketing videos, prototypes and executive summaries. Presentations will be judged by experienced technology investors and industry professionals.

By participating in iMatSci, innovators will be granted access to:

  • A full schedule of workshops, seminars and panel discussions, with topics specifically geared towards the success of early-stage innovators
  • Exclusive networking events, Q&A sessions, receptions and one-on-one meeting spaces to interact with potential stakeholders, strategic partners, industry technology scouts, investors and collaborators
  • Resources including webinars, tip sheets, and the opportunity to practice pitching, receive feedback from, and be funded by the Chemical Angel Network
  • Cash prizes awarded to the top three most innovative teams and a $10,000 investment from the Chemical Angel Network most likely in the form of a convertible note.
  • And more!

Application Submission Procedure

Applications were due September 15, 2019.

Selection Criteria

In selecting innovators to demonstrate their technologies at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting, the Review Committee will evaluate submissions for evidence of:

  • Demonstration: A physical demonstration is the best form of visual to show the prototype performance, data, etc. Be sure to have a video or prototype that shows how the material or device performs for the commercial product area of interest.

    The most effective demos avoid formal PowerPoints and traditional research posters, but effectively summarize scientific data.

  • Stage of Development: Be honest about your assessment of where your innovation is in its development; i.e., is it still science, are lab results repeatable, has a prototype product been developed, or have samples been provided to an industry contact for evaluation? Indicate your goals and technical/commercial/financial path forward—include timing and what resources are available vs. needed. This is a great opportunity to form a partnership.

  • Uniqueness: Without using technical jargon, describe how this innovation is unique or better than what is already available. Does it add a new feature or effect, or does it significantly lower the cost for an existing process or technology?
  • Market Need: Show how this is of value and include who that person/organization is. No detailed market analysis is needed for this early stage. However, it should be readily evident to the Reviewer that this would be worthwhile to develop further. For example, the benefits are visible in the areas of medicine, energy, sustainability, etc.
  • Strength of IP Protection: Where applicable, be sure to address IP ownership, patent status, licensing availability, etc. Be sure to include your ideas on how you plan to take this to market—are you looking for sponsored research money, joint development agreement, simple licensing, etc.—or if there are existing partners that have invested or have a stake in the IP.

Applications will be reviewed based on the Selection Criteria below, and finalists will be notified of the status of their submission in late September/early October. Each of the selected innovators will be provided with space in The Hub, including one 6-ft table, two chairs and electricity at no charge.

The content of submitted applications is the sole responsibility of the innovators. MRS is not responsible for any liability, financial or otherwise, associated with application content, innovation prototypes, or intellectual property rights. With regard to confidential or proprietary information, innovators are advised that MRS Meetings and iMatSci demonstrations are fully open and accessible to all interested registrants, including the media and general public.

To learn more or get involved, please contact Natalie Larocco.