VentureWell: Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell have come together to support and expand the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, a competition that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation.

DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real-world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities; the ability to manage the product development process; the ability to work effectively in teams; and technical communication skills.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
Significance of the problem being addressed
Impact of proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
Innovative design
Working prototype
Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:
Market potential and economic feasibility
Patentability
Eleven DEBUT prizes (plus honorable mentions) will be awarded. Prize categories and amounts are listed below. For more details about each prize, please view the “Prizes” section of the application guidelines.