Applying for a Cool Idea Award is pretty painless. Just tell us a bit about yourself and your innovative product idea. You can apply four times throughout the year, and winners are chosen by a team of experts across various industries. If selected for a Cool Idea Award, you must use the manufacturing services within 90 days and should be at a stage in your project that allows you to begin executing immediately.
How to Apply
The application process is easy:
Fill out the initial application - it's only a few questions.
Judges will select finalist based on the initial application to be advanced into Round 2.
Finalist will submit additional product details, including their Protolabs quotes* using their 3D CAD model of their part(s)
Judges will review the finalists and select a winner(s).
Application Accepting Periods
Applicants will only be notified within the 'acceptance' period if they have advanced into as a Finalist.
January 1 - February 28 - CLOSED
April 1 - May 31
July 1 - August 31
October 1 - November 30
Judging Application Periods
Finalist(s) chosen as a winner(s) will be notified at the end of the judging month.
*Protolabs' quotes are only necessary for those applications that have been advanced into Round 2. Finalist will be notified by Protolabs.