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Launched in 2011, the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award gives a total of $250,000 in services each year to entrepreneurs developing new products in the United States and Europe. Unlike other product awards that recognize products after they’re in mass production and on store shelves, the Cool Idea! Award is meant to help innovative ideas come to life.
See http://www.protolabs.com/cool-idea for more information.
Applying for a Cool Idea! Award is easy. Just complete and submit the submission form and upload your accompanying 3D CAD model(s) via the Upload a Part link.
There are six application periods throughout the year. Applications submitted within a period will be reviewed by the judges after that particular period concludes. Applicants will then be contacted with the outcome of their application’s review.
January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016 (March 1 - March 14 judging)
March 1, 2016 – April 30, 2016 (May 1 - May 14 judging)
May 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 (July 1 - July 14 judging)
July 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016 (September 1 - September 14 judging)
September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016 (November 1 - November 14 judging)
November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 (January 1, 2017 - January 14, 2017 judging)
If selected for a Cool Idea! Award, you must use the services within 90 days and should be at a stage in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately.