ASME Idea Lab

Welcome Future Hardware Innovators!

Covering the Full Spectrum of Tech Development!

Covering the Full Spectrum of Tech Development!

About Idea Lab

The ISHOW hardware accelerator began as an idea almost a decade ago and has since aided and advanced positive social impact around the world. Now, we move upstream with the Idea Lab incubator to aid budding social entrepreneurs in developing and building on their own impactful ideas, filling the pipeline for future ISHOW accelerator innovators, while opening pathways to new partnerships and geographies.

Timeline: Candidates invited into Idea Lab will engage in 6-18 months of incubation, mentorship, and training depending on their technical background, stage of development, and needs moving forward. Applications are open April 22 - June 6, 2022. Selected candidates will be announced in July/August 2022 timeframe.

Benefits: Idea Lab is designed to help you navigate the challenges of product design/development and provide mentorship, tools, and guidance you will need to build a first iteration prototype. Candidates will have access to a tailored curriculum that will expose you to the principles of sustainable and human-centered design practices.

Game-changing and disruptive ideas and/or concepts are most welcome!

Future Innovators

Future Innovators

Tech development, particularly in hardware, is a difficult journey and building that first functioning prototype is no easy task! You need guidance, seed capital, CAD modeling, lab/maker space, tooling, and...ASME networks and resources! Got an idea?



Even more than capital, early stage entrepreneurs need guidance! If you're interested in using your technical knowledge to provide guidance to prospective entrepreneurs making positive impact tomorrow, Idea Lab is a great opportunity!



Idea Lab stands at the nexus of ideation & tech development, hardware startups & entrepreneurship, and social & environmental impact. We invite partners who share our commitment to building a better world to join us. For more information on how we can customize an Idea Lab track that meets your impact goals and objectives, please click the button!


When will Idea Lab Applications be opened?

Applications will be open April 22 - June 6, 2022.

What kind of characteristics is Idea Lab looking for in applicants?

Passion for solving urgent challenges, innovative mindset, willingness to engage with mentors, high proficiency in English, commitment to entrepreneurship and starting a social venture/enterprise, and a willingness to learn.

What kind of profiles is Idea Lab looking for in applicants?

Entrepreneurs, academics, engineers, designers, hobbyists, makers, and dreamers!

Can teams apply or is Idea Lab only for individuals?

Teams and/or individuals can apply if they have an pre-idea/idea/concept they would like to develop into a hardware-led social innovation with intent to scale.

Who owns the IP of my idea?

You do! As an Idea Lab participant, however, you will be agreeing to share the specifics of your idea/concept with ASME, our expert network, and the general public (within agreed upon boundaries).

How long is my engagement with Idea Lab?

Depending on your stage of development, your technical knowledge, and your needs moving forward, Idea Lab incubation will last between 6-18 months.

What kind of ideas is Idea Lab looking for?

An idea that will ultimately lead to a hardware-led innovation that addresses a social and/or environmental challenge (see UN SDGs as a reference).

I'm not an engineer or designer. Can I still apply?

Yes! A technical background helps, but we welcome great ideas from all!

What will I receive if selected as a participant?

Participants can receive a range of benefits, including: design services, expert mentorship, access to space/labs/tooling, software access, tutorials/webinars/learning modules, and seed grants based upon progress.

What can I expect to learn throughout the Idea Lab process?

You will learn how to implement Sustainable and Human Centered Design practices. You will also be exposed to iterating through design concepts, refining problem statements from research insights, developing research strategies, and creating designs/sketches/prototypes to test your concepts and assumptions.