'Shark Tank’ Competition for Innovative Epilepsy Products

Funding Agency:
Epilepsy Foundation

The Epilepsy Foundation is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for the annual Shark Tank Competition. The winner(s) of the 2024 Shark Tank Competition will receive international recognition and compete for monetary prize awards of up to $200,000 to support the development and commercialization of an important new product, technology, or therapeutic concept to help people with epilepsy.

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) is May 20, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Device or treatment that stops a seizure, especially those already developed or approved for a different indication
  • System that helps patients manage their treatment or their epilepsy (less invasive, less costly anti-epileptic drug measurement, for example)
  • Device that prevents personal injury from a seizure
  • Any other concept that could improve the lives of people with epilepsy potentially in the near future

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to move the proposed plan to completion, showing how the prize can accelerate any step along the path to market.
  • Inventors who submitted ideas for previous Shark Tank Competitions are encouraged to re-submit their ideas if substantial progress has been made.
  • Applicants may reside in any country.
  • Finalists must be prepared to present at the 2024 Shark Tank program.
  • The winner is expected to complete a written report on progress made within each year and present progress at the 2025 Shark Tank Competition which will be held during the Epilepsy Therapies & Diagnostic Development (ETDD) Symposium (date and venue tba).
  • Address questions to sharktank@efa.org.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

May 20, 2024