Programs & Outreach

iMatSci Innovation Showcase

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 exhibit 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
  • One-on-one meeting spaces to showcase their innovations and interact with strategic partners, industry technology scouts, investors and collaborators
  • Exclusive networking events, Q&A sessions, and receptions
  • An opportunity to network and be paired with mentors from industry, local accelerators and investors
  • 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

Innovators will submit an application for each of their innovations through the iMatSci Application Submission Portal, including a brief product pitch and a 2-3 minute video. Videos should be high-quality and should suggest how or why the innovation is unique to the market.  

All applications were to be submitted through the iMatSci Application Submission Portal by September 17, 2018. Applications may be updated in the system until the submission deadline. Applicants need NOT be MRS Members, however, an MRS account must be used to login to the site. If you do not have a username and password, create a free MRS account today.

Selection Criteria

In selecting innovators to demonstrate their technologies at the 2018 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 the video shows how the material or device performs in attributes of interest 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 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 at 724.779.2744.