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!
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!
Applications will be open April 22 - June 6, 2022.
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.
Entrepreneurs, academics, engineers, designers, hobbyists, makers, and dreamers!
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.
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).
Depending on your stage of development, your technical knowledge, and your needs moving forward, Idea Lab incubation will last between 6-18 months.
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).
Yes! A technical background helps, but we welcome great ideas from all!
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.
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.