Alligator tank judges
Mayo Clinic
Two minutes to win it
Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Nine teams of Mayo Clinic employees pitched their ideas for health care innovations at the second annual Alligator Tank competition at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus on November 14, 2018.  Each team was given 120 seconds to explain their solution to a problem in the medical field before a live audience and a panel of expert judges -- or "alligators."

The evening event was moderated by Charles Bruce, M.D., chief innovation officer for Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and medical director for the campus Life Sciences Incubator, who emphasized the criteria by which the judges would evaluate pitches. Teams had to answer the following questions:

  • What is the problem?
  • What is the solution?
  • Why you?
  • Why now?
  • What is the business case?

The top three pitches advance to the next level of the competition, Walleye Tank, on Mayo’s Rochester campus December 7.

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