Entrepreneurial American Society of Plastic Surgeons members and residents who are in the start-up or early (up to C-round funding) commercialization stages of creating a medical device, diagnostic, or digital health company are encouraged to apply to be one of five ASPS-sponsored companies to compete for a share of $500,000 in cash prizes and awards through the MedTech Innovator accelerator program.

This opportunity is offered to members through a partnership between ASPS and MedTech Innovator, the largest accelerator of medical devices in the world. MedTech Innovator matches healthcare industry leaders with innovative medical technology startups for mentorship and support. In 2023, MedTech Innovator will select 50 medical technology start-ups—including five (two more than in 2022) from the Plastic Surgery Accelerator Track—to participate in its annual Accelerator and Showcase cohort.

“The ASPS partnership with MedTech Innovator gives our members a phenomenal opportunity to bring their devices, apps, technology and other innovations to market,” says ASPS President Gregory Greco, DO. “We have expanded the program this year to advance five companies from the Plastic Surgery Accelerator Track as there was clearly an appetite for this type of program among our innovative specialty.”

Last year, the inaugural Plastic Surgery Accelerator Track drew dozens of applications, of which 10 companies were selected to participate in a judging event that advanced the top three plastic surgery start-ups to participate in MTI’s corporate mentorship program and compete among 50 finalists for a share of $500,000 in cash and prizes at the MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed.

Applications for the ASPS-MTI Plastic Surgery Accelerator Track are now open. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2023. When submitting your application at www.medtechinnovator.org/apply, be sure to check “Plastic Surgery” as an area of focus.