Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an idea for a device before I sign up for Bench to Bedside?

Not necessarily. There will be multiple opportunities to hear about ideas throughout the year. We also encourage students to talk to physicians and engineers to find problems that exist in the clinics and hospitals. Device innovation typically starts by identifying a problem and then finding ways to solve the problem.

Do I need an engineering background to be successful in Bench to Bedside?

No. Engineering is only one piece of device innovation. To create a successful device, teams often collaborate with people from multiple areas of expertise. It is even better to have these people from multiple areas of expertise on your team.

How do I get started?

Come to our kick-off event or any other B2B event. You can get signed up and begin looking for a team and finding medical problems that need to be solved.

What if I can’t find a team?

Bench to Bedside will have multiple events where you can collaborate with other students. In addition, B2B will have events dedicated to helping people find teams. If you still feel that you cannot find a team, Bench to Bedside leadership can help you get in contact with more people.

If I have never designed a medical device before, how will I know what steps to take?

Bench to Bedside is designed specifically for students who do not have a background in device innovation. There will be workshops throughout the year teaching students how to create a successful device and create a medical device company.

When is it too late to join Bench to Bedside?

As long as you join before competition night, it is never too late to enter. Keep in mind that participants who enter late will not have as much time to design their device as those who enter early.

Do I need to have a prototype for competition night?

This is not a requirement but creating a prototype shows judges that you have developed an idea to the point where you can create a working prototype. It is also much easier to pitch an idea and show judges your vision if you have a working prototype.

Can I enter multiple ideas/companies?/

Yes. There is not a limit to the number of teams you can join. Keep in mind that it is often better to fully develop an idea in one area than to have a lot of scattered projects that never materialize into a functional prototype.

Can I enter other competitions?