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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 one or more of the social determinants of health to be presented and workshopped at the 2019 Incubator event. Projects may be based in the US or globally.

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 projects that tackle health inequities in the US and across the globe. The Ideas Incubator is not designed to support funding for individual organizations; it is intended to cultivate big ideas and audacious new projects that have the potential for high impact at scale.

In 2019, the ideas chosen to be incubated will focus on one or more of the social determinants of health, including education, income, race, gender, food security, the physical environment, or other special populations. Incubator projects will uniquely benefit from the collaborative, cross-sector Ideas Incubator community and might include new technology or data solutions, educational platforms, financial products, research projects, cross-sector coalitions, 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, topic area, 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 by addressing one or more 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. Be at an early stage or an inflection point with unique challenges that will benefit from the Aspen Ideas Incubator community, methodology and workshop process

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

  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)

*Remember, the Ideas Incubator is not designed to find funding for individual organizations; it is intended to cultivate big ideas and audacious new projects that have the potential for high impact at scale. In 2019, the ideas chosen to be incubated will focus on one or more of the social determinants of health and will uniquely benefit from the collaborative, cross-sector Ideas Incubator community.

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Incubator Topic


Incubator Topic


Social Determinants of Health

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. The social determinants of health are the factors that affect life expectancy outside the doctor's office, like education, income inequality, food security, housing, the physical environment, gender, race, and other special populations. Research shows that approximately 60 percent of a person’s life expectancy is driven by our individual behaviors, as well as social and environmental factors. 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.

The three ideas selected to be incubated at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Incubator will focus on one or more of the social determinants of health.

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: 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. Please submit your application as early as possible so that we have enough time to get to know you and your idea.

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.