IDEA² Global provides mentoring and connections to biomedical innovators around the world to develop their project ideas and to provide the expertise to realize them.  It is especially valuable for trainees,  early-stage professionals and those who have few opportunities in their normal work to participate in innovation projects.

Each 6-month edition of IDEA² recruits new project teams of one or more individuals, and provides innovation training, presentation skill building, and team-specific mentorship and guidance by internationally-recognized experts.

Teams who complete IDEA² have technology projects more clearly focused on unmet medical needs, a broader network of connections, and improved ability to compete for collaborators and funding.

What’s the IDEA² process? How do the mentors help the teams? Program chair Dr Mercedes Balcells-Camps and mentor Dr Norberto Malpica give an overview.

Important dates
  • March 21: Call for Applications
  • April 16, 13:00 Eastern: Applications due
  • May 10: IDEA² Global orientation
  • June 20–21: Kickoff workshop at MIT
  • June – October: Mentor assignments (ongoing)
  • October 18: Review Workshop
  • November 14: Pitch training seminar (via Web conference)
  • December 5–6: Commencement Workshop at MIT

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IDEA² Global stages


  • Project teams are recruited internationally through a call from universities, medical centers, and entrepreneur sector
  • Focus on people and teams that can benefit most from mentorship and international expertise
  • Partners can participate in recruiting and selection through many means, such as custom calls for applications, special events like competitions, sponsorships, and prizes.

Project mentoring

  • Teams are matched with mentors for specific expertise
  • Teams typically interact 1:1 with mentors 2–4 times, but there is no limit
  • Impact proposition workshops help teams refine their project definition, strategy, and story
  • Additional pitch skills workshops help teams prepare to make the case for support or collaboration
  • Partners can participate as mentors, resource connections, and/or workshop faculty

After IDEA² Global

  • Awardee teams connected to additional resources and support
  • Teams compete for further funding and investment from other sources
  • Teams enjoy expanded network access
  • In some cases, teams start new companies