The Tool Foundry accelerator is looking for high-potential teams with prototypes for tools that meet real needs.
We are committed to promoting equity in all aspects of the Tool Foundry initiative. We seek applications from teams with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, including those from historically marginalized groups.
The accelerator is designed to bring together a diverse cohort of teams committed to expanding access to science. The strongest candidates will be well-rounded teams who have tool prototypes, but need help to scale and sustain them.
The selection committee will use the following criteria to evaluate teams.
Demonstrated ability of the team to develop the tool as proposed and scale it beyond the program timeframe.
- Growth potential.
Extent to which the team demonstrates awareness of gaps, openness to feedback, and commitment to advancing their tool and team.
Belief in the mission of expanding access to science; expressed interest in scaling the tool and developing additional tools to further address access to science.
We are looking for tools that are low-cost, high-quality, and easy-to-use for scientific discovery. “Low-cost” may mean free, $5, or $50 — most importantly, the tool must provide a significant decrease in cost or increase in performance that expands access in a meaningful way.
Tools should be physical tools or hardware in the prototype stage of development. A prototype can be low-fidelity as long as it demonstrates what the tool will look like and how it will work.
The selection committee will use the following criteria to evaluate tools.
Extent to which the tool has the potential to drive scientific exploration and meet the needs of a broad population of users.
Potential for the tool to be easily and affordably acquired or constructed; extent to which the tool addresses barriers to public participation in science.
Ingenuity of the engineering and/or approach; extent to which the tool is a departure from or improvement on what is currently on the market.
Extent to which the tool is high-quality, consistent, and can be effectively used for the proposed use cases.
How to apply
The Tool Foundry accelerator is currently accepting applications.
Apply to join the cohort by completing all required fields in the application form by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Applications must designate a team lead, who will be the primary representative and point of contact. Late applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted electronically and the applications may not be altered after submission.
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The selection committee — distinguished leaders in entrepreneurship, science innovation, social impact investment, design and engineering, and science and technology equity — will evaluate teams and tools to identify those who have the greatest potential for success.
More selection committee members will be added as they are confirmed. Committee members will recuse themselves from evaluating any applications that present a conflict of interest. Additional expert advisors will be enlisted to support the committee during the selection process.
Social innovation entrepreneur
Association of Science-Technology Centers
Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation