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2020 CASS COVID-19 Entrepreneurs Competition


2020 CASS COVID-19 Entrepreneurs Competition

2020 October 11 – 14
Location: Virtual

IEEE Entrepreneurship is honored to support innovative events that promote strong themes that are connected to this mission to foster entrepreneurial engineering and technological innovation for the benefit of humanity.

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. Read More.

The judging panel consisting of the CASS experts, venture capitalists, and doctors from all over the world will select the winners including:

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 demonstration videos (at most 10 minutes) showing the main achievement, business applicability, and scalability in the current pandemic, business model, and the relevance to the Circuits and Systems Technical Strategic Areas.


  • 30 August 2020: Winners are announced
  • October 2020: Live demonstration of the winners during ISCAS 2020

Winning Prize:

The winning teams will be invited to join ISCAS 2020 in Seville (11-14 October 2020) to receive their awards and present live demos.

The CASS will provide grants of US$10000 for the top recipient and US$5000 for the two runners up.

The recipients will be eligible to use the CASS society logo for endorsement purposes. To help the startups scale and initiate, CAS will be providing mentoring from society experts, committee members, which includes doctors and venture capitalists.


Young startups working for technology-based solutions to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

Judging Criteria:

  • main achievement
  • business applicability and scalability in the current pandemic
  • business model
  • the relevance to the Circuits and Systems Technical Strategic Areas

Throughout history, pandemics have cost millions of lives. Pandemics are a challenge to humanity; with the interconnected world, the spread of pandemics is much faster and wider. The ability to predict the outcome of a pandemic remains difficult. However, the efforts of humanity can significantly affect the outcome, including the development and use of an ecosystem capable of early reporting and predicting. Acting on what is known from history, supports the need for an 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.


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