Voices of Tomorrow

Accelerating Young Leaders into the Global Bio-economy

Biotechnology industries are changing more rapidly than ever before. As the next generation of biotech leaders, Leaders of Tomorrow (LoTs) must ensure their technical and business acumen and training keep pace with this rapidly evolving landscape. The Voices of Tomorrow (VoT) Competition provides LoTs a platform to tackle real-world challenges within the biotech industry.

Structured as a bio-innovation competition, VoT commences three months before GapSummit 2020, culminating in a final round of pitches during the conference. The competition provides LoTs the exciting and collaborative opportunity to further develop their skill sets and catalyze innovation to solve pressing challenges facing the global biotech community.

Goals and Objectives

The VoT Competition will provide LoTs the opportunity to work in international and intellectually diverse teams of five members with the guidance of an industry mentor to define a specific need in the biotech industry and propose a solution.

Through the VoT Competition, LoTs will further develop broadly applicable skills in the areas of:

• Market research and analysis
• Financial analysis and due diligences
• Technology assessment and regulatory considerations
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Written and oral communication in the form of a business plan proposal and pitch deck
• International and interdisciplinary coordination, collaboration, and leadership


Beginning in January 2020, teams will collaborate with world-class mentors and each other over the course of four months to prepare for and present to a panel of judges over two rounds of competition.

• January – Teams formed
• February – Problem definition proposal due
• March – Business plan proposal due
• March – Finalist teams announced
• April – Wildcard entry announced to teams
• September – Wildcard teams shortlisted
• September – Online pitch practice session
• September – Final pitch decks due
• October – Voices of Tomorrow final round pitches

Mentors & Judges

The judges and mentors are consultants from prominent firms, executives and scientists from leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and partners from venture capital firms. Mentors will be available to provide regular feedback and guidances to their teams as they traverse the problem solving process.