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Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge Kicks off Tomorrow

Monday, September 30, 2013  
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The Avon Foundation (AF), National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) have partnered to launch a "first of a kind" Business Plan and Start‐Up Challenge for Breast Cancer (BC) inventions that have high commercial viability and are important to public health.


This Challenge will accelerate the commercialization of Federal agency and AF grantee BC inventions, spur economic growth, and provide Universities a platform to further develop their entrepreneurship learning portfolio.  Up to 30 teams will apply and be awarded which could range from $100,000 to $1MM.


The Challenge kicks off on October 1, 2013. There are ten NCI and AF grantee BC inventions that teams can select, which are available now.  Teams must contain three University students and one seasoned entrepreneur.  There is no maximum size to the teams.


Letters of Intent are due November 1. For complete information, please visit

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