2020 CASS COVID-19 Entrepreneurs Competition

Geographic Location
Seville, Spain

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Pandemics are a challenge to humanity; with the interconnected world, the spread of pandemics is much faster and wider. An additional challenge faced is that it is difficult to predict the outcome of pandemics. In history, pandemics had cost millions of lives. The outcome of pandemics can be significantly changed by our efforts such as make an ecosystem for early reporting and predicting. Learning we can take from history is that we should put effort and build an ecosystem that can adapt fast to address issues of pandemics in the future.

With COVID-19, people all over the world are reminded again of this. People became aware of best practices and the government is forcing measures such as social distancing and stay at home. Several companies and researchers across the world are working on addressing issues such as finding drugs, vaccines, and methods to test faster. With the size of the pandemic, the cost of the solution provided is also of concern, especially for developing countries.

This competition, organized by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), aims to support startups trying to create technology solutions aligned with Circuits and Systems Society goals to help in the COVID-19 pandemic. The technologies can be geared (at low-cost for large scale application) for diagnostics, treatment, surveillance, and prevention, targeted for specific communities (such as nursing homes, refugee camps, etc.).

The competition will take place as a virtual event. The startups submit their demonstration videos (at most 10 minutes) showing the main achievement, business applicability, and scalability in the current pandemic, business model, the relevance to the  Circuits and Systems Technical Strategic Areas. The judging panel consisting of the CASS experts, venture capitalists, and doctors from all over the world select the winners.