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Call for Ideas


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Call for Ideas


Become an Aspen Ideas Innovator

Aspen, Co | June 18-20, 2019

Each year, the Aspen Global Innovators Group curates a powerful multi-disciplinary group to tackle ideas to improve access and quality of health care in the US and across the globe at the Aspen Ideas Incubator event in Aspen, CO. 

In 2019, the Aspen Ideas Incubator team will select three innovative ideas that address the social determinants of health, both in the US and globally, to be presented and workshopped at the 2019 Incubator event.

The Innovators representing each of these ideas will:

  • Present their work at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator, June 18-20 in Aspen, CO

  • Receive in-depth workshopping and feedback from a high-caliber group of health experts and practitioners, including the Aspen-Aetna Healthy Communities Fellows

  • Gain access to a global community of health leaders

Is the Aspen Ideas Incubator right for you? 

The Aspen Ideas Incubator team is looking for innovators and entrepreneurs working on early-stage ideas and projects that have the potential for high impact on health outcomes in communities in the US and across the globe. The ideas to be incubated should contribute to building the field of practice around the social determinants of health and uniquely benefit from the collaborative Ideas Incubator community of health experts and leaders. Incubator projects might include technology and data solutions, educational platforms, financial products, research projects, cross-sector collaborations, and more.

We are interested in you, the strength of your idea, the evidence that you are making progress on moving your idea forward, and your willingness to receive collaborative feedback. Keep reading to learn more about our selection criteria and the Aspen Ideas Incubator methodology. 

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Selection Criteria


Selection Criteria


Selection Criteria

Before you submit your idea to be considered for the 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator, please make sure your project meets the criteria below. 

All projects will:

  1. Work to improve health outcomes through the lens of the social determinants of health, either in the US or globally, using an explicit equity lens

  2. Have the potential for high impact at scale in under-served communities

  3. Contribute to building the field of practice around the social determinants of health

  4. Be at an early stage or an inflection point with unique challenges that will benefit from the Aspen Ideas Incubator methodology and workshop process

  5. Demonstrate a willingness to receive collaborative feedback from the Aspen Ideas Incubator group

All selected Innovators will:

  1. Actively participate in all Incubator activities, including availability to travel to Aspen, CO from June 18-20, 2019

  2. Join planning and follow up calls before and after the Aspen Ideas Incubator event, including pre-work

  3. Bring humility and excitement to receive feedback on ideas and engage with the Incubator community

  4. Commit to work towards breakthroughs that will improve health outcomes for everyone, everywhere

You will receive:

  • Roundtrip flight to Aspen, CO for one individual to attend the Aspen Ideas Incubator and Aspen Ideas: Health

  • Lodging for 2 nights in Aspen, CO, June 18-June 20, 2019

  • Complimentary guess pass for the Aspen Ideas: Health conference, June 20-23, 2019 (lodging not included)

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Incubator Topic


Incubator Topic


Healthy Communities

The 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator will focus on the social determinants of health, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that shape health. Millions of individuals in the US and across the globe struggle with food insecurity and obesity, face long-term exposure to pollution, and lack access to quality health services due to race, gender, and education. These factors need to be considered in an integrated fashion, engaging collaborators across disciplines who have not traditionally viewed their roles through a health lens. Given the powerful influences of racial inequity and segregation on health, a commitment to vanquishing disparities is also essential. 

The Aspen Ideas Incubator provides a world-class platform and community to force new, action-oriented thinking to lead to impact in communities in the US and across the globe. 

In this light, the Aspen Global Innovators Group is committed to galvanize energy around the social determinants of health with an explicit equity lens. How do we tear down social, economic and environmental barriers and build better health for all? 

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About the Incubator


About the Incubator


What is the Aspen Ideas Incubator?

The Aspen Ideas Incubator is a curated, action-oriented ideas lab moderated by the Aspen Global Innovators Group at Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health. Each year, the Incubator gathers a small group of about 30 leading experts, policymakers, practitioners, and private sector decision-makers to address key issues in global and community health. Over the course of two days, the Incubator group participates in moderated dialogues and curated workshop sessions to incubate 3 powerful new ideas to improve health outcomes in the hardest to reach communities in the US and across the globe, and commits to actions for the year ahead. 

In its first four years, the Aspen Ideas Incubator has convened more than 100 health leaders. Past Aspen Ideas Incubator participants include:

The Aspen Ideas Incubator has mobilized significant investments and has incubated major new ideas and programs, including:

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Submit Your Idea


Submit Your Idea


Ready to participate?

Applications for the 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator will be accepted between January 15 and February 15, 2019. Three Ideas Innovators will be selected and notified in March 2019.   

We can't wait to meet you.

Please contact Gina Rogari at gina.rogari@aspeninst.org with any questions related to the 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator Call for Ideas.