BioSparkVA 2024

BioDiscovery/BioSpark 2023 Recap

BioSparkVA is a competitive live pitch event for life sciences start-ups, co-hosted by CvilleBioHub.  The event will be held Thursday, September 26, 2024  at 9:00 am at the Irving Theater, 225 W. Water Street  in Charlottesville.

  • After an application process, eight companies will be invited to deliver a pitch before a panel of judges and an audience of life sciences investors
  • Pitches will consist of 8-minute presentations plus 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges, and up to 15 slides
  • Participating companies may be eligible for cash prizes and in-kind professional services

BioSparkVA Eligibility Criteria

  • Companies must be U.S.-based and willing to present in person on Sept 26th
  • Open to established entities that have raised or been granted $100k to $10M in total funding
  • Companies may only enter one product or service

The submitted product or service must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Therapeutics
  • Digital Health
  • Medical Device
  • Diagnostics
  • Healthcare Adjacent Tech

Pitches will consist of 8-minute presentations plus 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. Participating companies may be eligible for cash and other prizes.

BioSpark VA Judging Criteria
Customer and Problem – 20%
Who is the product/solution targeted to and why?

Solution and Benefits – 20%
Does the product successfully address the stated problem?

Innovation – 20%
What makes the solution unique, better, or different?

Ability to Execute – 20%
Is the team experienced, capable and possessing the expertise needed to execute?

Effective Presentation – 20%

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024
Notifications will be made by August 15, 2024

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Max. file size: 100 MB.
Please provide your investor pitch deck of no more than fifteen slides. Companies chosen to pitch will have the opportunity to make revisions.
1. Briefly describe your company and its mission. 2. Please describe the management team, and explain why they are qualified to execute.
What is the current stage of your company (e.g., ideation, prototype, early revenue, etc.)?
Describe your target market and its size.
Explain your product or service in more detail, including key features and benefits?
1. Describe any milestones achieved so far (e.g., user acquisition, partnerships, revenue, etc.). 2. Describe the status of your intellectual property, including any patent applications, if applicable. 3. Do you have any early customers or pilot programs in progress? 4. Does your company operate or do business in Virginia?
1. Have you raised any funding to date? If yes, specify the amount, source and terms. 2. Are you currently seeking funding? If yes, what is your funding goal and timeline?
Include any other relevant information that you believe would strengthen your application.
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225 W Water St Charlottesville, VA

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To learn about past events, check out the links below!
2023 BioDiscovery Summit | 2023 BioSpark | 2022 BioDiscovery Summit