Barracuda Bowl FAQs

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

Who can enter?

Inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and university researchers are all welcome to enter the program!

Do I need to have a registered company to apply?

No, university researchers and research teams are encouraged to apply. In the field where it asks for company name, type "none".

Can I enter as part of a team?

Yes! You can enter as an individual or team working in academia, research, or a commercial start-up setting and have an innovative product or solution.

Does an applicant have to give up any equity?

No, no equity is taken.

When do I need to submit my application?

The timeline for the 2024 Barracuda Bowl is still being finalized. Applications are generally due in mid September.

What are the eligibility criteria for the M2D2 Barracuda Bowl?

M2D2 seeks early to mid-stage start-ups in the medical device and biotech spaces. We encourage those who are developing a product and/or service in the healthcare areas outlined in the application to apply.

How do you select finalists for the M2D2 Barracuda Bowl?

M2D2, along with the challenge sponsors, evaluates all applications based on value, strength, execution plan, and relevancy to BARDA’s mission statement. The company strength for each category is evaluated using multiple metrics. 

      • Value – product, customer validation, business model & healthcare economics, competition, IP, market opportunity, and patient benefit

      • Strength – team strength, development plan, responsiveness/coachable, freedom to operate, regulatory & clinical burden, funding to date, resources needed

      • Execution plan – stage of development, evidence, time to market, traction, partnerships & relationships, time to key milestones, upcoming funding

We just raised a Series E, can we still apply?

Yes! M2D2 encourages applications from companies at all stages of fundraising, from friends and family to seed and beyond to apply to the Barracuda Bowl.

We are developing a transformative healthcare technology at a university research lab. Can we apply?

Yes! Ventures involving technologies licensed from universities or research labs are encouraged to apply.

I noticed there is coaching available for finalists. What is this like?

All finalists are offered coaching appointments through our sponsor, Mintz, to meet with subject matter and pitch experts to refine their presentations and be ready for the pitch-off event.

We are based outside the U.S. Can we apply to the Barracuda Bowl and BARDA funding?

Yes, international applicants are welcomed and are encouraged to apply.

Do I have to be in-person for the event? 

Yes, we require all finalists to pitch in-person at the Barracuda Bowl.

What are the key dates I should be aware of?

The timeline for 2024 is still being finalized. In the meantime, check out our 2023 timeline for reference.

 Thursday, August 17th: Applications Open
• Monday, September 25th: Applications Close
• Monday, October 9th: Finalists Announced
• October 10th - October 27th: Pitch Coaching
• Friday, October 27th: Final Deliverables Due
• Thursday, November 9th: Barracuda Bowl Pitch-Off at Mintz

If I’m not selected to participate in this cohort, will I receive a written explanation?

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications, we cannot provide a written explanation to every applicant who isn’t selected to participate in this cohort. Most times, it is due to not being properly aligned with the call for applications.