In 2016 Verb joined forces with social innovation company Clearly to launch the Clearly Vision Prize. Its aim: accelerate innovation that brings vision-care solutions to the five billion people worldwide who suffer poor vision and lack access to treat it.
This global competition brought together inventors, entrepreneurs, health professionals, and tech innovators to combat the world’s number one form of disability. It also awarded more than $250,000 in prizes for scalable solutions that continue to change the way the world addresses eye and vision care.
Entrepreneurship meets healthcare to help solve the world’s No. 1 health crisis
Verb recruited ventures from inside and outside the vision care industry as Clearly Vision Prize entrants, and forged new partnerships between Clearly and prominent detection, diagnostic, insights and supply organizations. The competition mobilized a wide variety of stakeholders including healthcare educators, investors and practitioners, and health innovation experts.
Creating impact through meaningful collaboration
The 2016 Clearly Vision Prize was an incredible opportunity for us to support Clearly in building infrastructure for their strategic goals of bringing vision care to everyone who needs it. The competition gave participants a series of “Mars Shot” challenges to empower them to reach pioneering answers and unique collaborations to develop the big idea.
Participants received personal feedback from Clearly Vision Prize judges in the semi-final round. And we matched 10 selected ventures one-on-one with healthcare, supply chain, data, communications, and technology experts to collaborator and further develop solutions, form valuable connections, and prepare their businesses for market adoption and potential investment. Ventures who advanced gained media exposure, competed for a series of prizes with a total prize pool of $250,000, and pushed all innovations closer to realization.
Supporting visionary vision care
Together, Verb and Clearly gave participants the opportunity to rethink and help solve the world’s vision crisis. They also gave them the opportunity to get in front of a unified global network of healthcare investors, distribution partners, and media outlets to spur and inspire governments, NGOs and business leaders to spark ideas and collaboration around bringing revolutionary vision care to the world.