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Mspire 2024 : Manufacturing Innovation Pitch Competition
September 12, 2024 

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Applications accepted 6/4/24 – 7/14/2024; Prizes totaling more than $75,000!

Click HERE for the online application. 

What is Mspire?

Ohio's Premier Manufacturing Pitch Competition with more than $75,000 in prizes such as engineering design or operations services to help move your startup to the next milestone. If you have a physical product, idea, or manufacturing innovation, apply today.

Check out a highlight reel of last year's event!

Last year's winners include:

  • ARMA: second-skin glove technology that would reduce glove waste by 80%
  • Aspire Sports: training belt that maximizes training efficiency for athletes
  • bTECH: new wound healing technology using microcirculation
  • Disinfection Technology Solutions, LLC: device that uses more efficient solution to disinfect medical equipment to prevent transmission of infectious materials
  • LAND Energy: specialty “e-moto” bikes, bridging the gap between e-bikes and e-motorcycles

Why should I apply?

Winners receive tailored resources, guidance and connections that address their unique needs and circumstances, aligned with where they are at in the product development process. Our efforts are dedicated to providing winners with the necessary support to take their ventures to the next stage.

Who should apply?

Any Ohio-based entrepreneur with a physical product, idea, or manufacturing innovation.

What are the prizes and benefits?

Prizes and benefits include MAGNET's manufacturing consulting services adapted to meet the needs and services of a company or product, such as:

  • Engineering Design Assistance 
  • Operational Services and/or Lean Operations
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Innovation Award, sponsored by Huntington, for up to $10K for diverse founders
  • Exposure to The Advanced Manufacturing Fund
  • Visibility to a judging panel of local services providers and investors
  • Guidance from MAGNET's team of manufacturing experts

I applied last year. Can I apply again?

Yes! However, if you’ve been awarded in the past, you must demonstrate a pivot or significant progress to be eligible.

What are the judging criteria?

Each pitch will be evaluated to fit with MAGNET's capabilities and prize offerings, as well as feasibility, economic impact, and potential for job creation.

What types of submissions are you looking for?

Any physical product, idea, or manufacturing innovation is welcome to apply.

Mspire Partners

Mspire is supported by Huntington.



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