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ACRM 2018 LaunchPad at ACRM Conference


A Rehabilitation Technology Innovation Competition

Developed by the ACRM Technology Networking Group


Learn about the 2019 ACRM LaunchPad coming to Chicago >>

This year’s competition was held Sunday 30 October 2018 at the Hilton Anatole during the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas — the largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research conference in the world.

ACRM is where cutting-edge research and technology meet clinical practice to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. The conference is attended by thousands of researchers and clinicians who value cutting-edge research and technology.

ACRM LaunchPad : a Rehabilitation Technology Innovation Competition



The ACRM Technology Networking Group is pleased to announce LaunchPad — an exciting opportunity to pitch your company or idea to a panel of rehab industry experts and an audience of clinicians, researchers, engineers, and decision-makers to receive market feedback and win prizes.

View in Online Program >>


ACRM LaunchPad: A Rehabilitation Technology Innovation Competition

Distinguished Judges >>

  • Paolo Bonato, PhD
  • Richard Riggs, MD
  • Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH
  • Brian R. Theodore, PhD
  • Tracey Wallace, CCC-SLP
  • Moderator: John Morris, PhD, FACRM


Contestants >>



  • Early-stage health technology companies
    • (Limited to companies that have less than $500k in funding and have been in business less than 4 years, or if in business longer than 4 years, have less than $200k in revenue
  • Rehabilitation research labs/ researchers working on technology-based solutions




First place: “Best Overall”

  • The recipient will receive an 8 x 10 inline exhibit booth space at the ACRM 2019 Annual Conference EXPO in Chicago, including 2 exhibitor registrations to attend Core Conference programming ($2,499 value)
  • The recipient will be interviewed by Dr. Ford Vox, Digital Media Editor, for an upcoming episode of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation podcast, RehabCast.

Secondary awards: “Most Innovative” and “Most Impactful”

*All three winners will be featured in a shared inline booth space (8’ x 10’) at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference EXPO in Dallas.



Applications due 30 March 2018

CLICK HERE to Apply!

Submit your Executive Summary (500 word limit) and apply to compete!



The conference is attended by thousands of researchers, physicians and clinicians, engineers, and business and community leaders who value cutting-edge rehabilitation research and technology. Last year, 89% of all attendees identified themselves as purchasing decision-makers & influencers for their departments!


2017 LaunchPad

Check out 2017 LaunchPad>>>


Questions or referrals?

Email Tracey Wallace.


Amplify your research! SUBMIT NOW for #ACRM2018 >>


ACRM Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research
CORE: 30 SEPT – 3 OCT 2018 // Hilton Anatole, DALLAS, USA // PRE-CONFERENCE: 28 – 30 SEPT

*Please see the Searchable Online Program & Scheduler for the latest programming info, schedule, session and faculty details, and room locations. Although significant changes are not anticipated, the schedules, sessions, and presenters posted on this website are subject to change.