Winning Pitch Challenge Submissions
Please complete the submission form below for the Winning Pitch Challenge at AAO 2024. 

Eyecelerator @ AAO 2024
McCormick Place Convention Center 
Thursday, October 17

Please complete the questionnaire below to enter the first round of submissions. Please reach out to Crista Parker at with any questions. 
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Email *
First and Last Name *
*MD or PhD is required to present, as the #1 goal of the Winning Pitch Challenge is to inspire ophthalmic innovation by ophthalmologists. 
Cell Phone *
Have you applied to the Winning Pitch Challenge in the past? *
If yes, what's new about this presentation?
Promise to Engage:
If selected as a finalist, I will be a member in good standing of AAO, and I will be present to pitch at Eyecelerator. I understand that all travel and meeting expenses are my responsibility. If selected as Honorable Mention, I will submit a 45-second video to show during the live session.
Prior Funding and Revenue:
The Winning Pitch Challenge is intended for early-stage startups. Has your company received LESS THAN $10M in total equity financing, and have LESS THAN $1M in revenue in the past 12 months? (Note: Raising more than $10M or $1M in revenue decreases the chances of being selected as a finalist.)
If no, please leave additional information. 
Rules and Regulations:
I agree to abide by the Winning Pitch Challenge Rules and Regulations, as detailed on the Winning Pitch Challenge website. 
Innovation or Company Name *
The Problem: 
Please describe what ophthalmic unmet need you are trying to solve:
The Solution: 
What is your solution? What is innovative about your solution, technology, business model, etc.? 
Market Size:
What is the market size in number of people and dollars?
What are your primary advantages relative to existing or potential competitors? Why will you win? 
Key Economic Drivers:
What are the key drivers of business economics - price points, margins, costs/revenue streams?
Capital Requirements and Timelines:
How much capital are you seeking to raise?
What is the milestone you are raising these funds to achieve?
How long will it take you to achieve this milestone?
How long and how much money until you have a commercial product?
Does your product require FDA approval and if so, which regulatory pathway? *
Intellectual Property: 
Does your product require IP? Have you filed IP?
I understand that because of the public nature of the Winning Pitch Challenge, and my decision to apply to present, the visibility of my innovation may be vastly increased. I understand it is recommended to have the protection of a provisional patent. I understand that some innovations may have a formal patent application filed as well.
Describe your team *
I have read and agree to the General Notice as found on the Winning Pitch website and below. 

All entrants agree to the following terms in connection with their participation in The Winning Pitch Challenge:

Entry Fees: The Winning Pitch Challenge does not have an entry fee.

Withdrawal Penalty: If a confirmed finalist FAILS TO PROCEED OR OTHERWISE DROPS OUT FOR ANY REASON, they and their company will be ineligible to compete in The Winning Pitch Challenge for two years.

Non-confidentiality: Due to the nature of the competition, we are not able to ask judges, reviewers, staff, or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements. As a result, all data and other information submitted, discussed or otherwise disclosed by entrants during The Winning Pitch Challenge should be considered information that will enter the public realm, and entrants should not expect any right of confidentiality in any such data or information. All presentations are open to event attendees, and some presentations may be videotaped. Ideas not protected by patents may be vulnerable if shared publicly or privately.

Copyrights and Permissions: If an entrant uses copyrighted materials and/or images from a third-party in any of their submissions or presentations, they must take all steps necessary to obtain permission and authorization in advance from the respective owners to use this material.
Information submitted to, and presented at, The Winning Pitch Challenge is the sole responsibility of the submitter/presenter. The Winning Pitch Challenge has not taken, and does not intend to take, any steps to verify the adequacy, accuracy or completeness of any information, materials or statements presented by the submitter/presenter. The submitter/presenter, and not The Winning Pitch Challenge, is solely responsible for ensuring the submitter/presenter’s compliance with all applicable federal, state and other securities laws, and it is solely the submitter/presenter’s responsibility to comply with any of such laws that are applicable. The Winning Pitch Challenge does not give investment advice, endorsement, analysis or recommendations with respect to any securities and is not a broker, venture fund or an investment advisor.

Use of Conference Materials: The Winning Pitch Challenge, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and/or American Academy of Ophthalmology reserve the right to use any materials provided or created in connection with submitter/presenter’s participation in  The Winning Pitch Challenge, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and/or American Academy of Ophthalmology, for the purpose of publicizing and promoting the event or future events. The Winning Pitch Challenge, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and/or American Academy of Ophthalmology may use these materials in any printed materials and any videotape or other medium that they may produce.  The Winning Pitch Challenge, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and/or American Academy of Ophthalmology may videotape any portion of the Competition and utilize these tapes in any way that its sees fit.

Changes to Competition Rules: While not anticipated, these rules and prizes are subject to substitution or change at the discretion of The Winning Pitch Challenge at any time without the consent of any participant. The Winning Pitch Challenge staff has the right to interpret these rules according to its sole judgment.

Decisions regarding the Competition and the Winners: All decisions regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of The Winning Pitch Challenge. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by The Winning Pitch Challenge at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict some previously published information. The selection of the teams to compete and the decision of the winners are at the sole discretion of the judges and The Winning Pitch Challenge. Best efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this Official Rules document.

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