AO Development Incubator


AO Development Incubator

The AO Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of its latest innovation initiative, the AO Development Incubator (AODI). This incubator fosters valuable ideas that fit AO's vision and mission. AODI supports inventors to build and execute project plans towards a proof of concept (PoC), with projects originating from anyone within AO or from outside the organization. The PoC should lead to a valorization of the idea.

What are the goals of AODI?

AODI has been launched in order to:

  • Support inventors in securing the Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Support inventors in developing a PoC
  • Support inventors in planning the PoC valorization




The first call for applications is now closed.

The first call for applications is now closed. The submitted proposals are currently being evaluated by the AODI board.

We thank all applicants who will be notified about the outcome of their project proposal by mid-June.

The next call for applications will be announced at the end of 2017.



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How does the AODI function?

AODI process

The AODI fund is governed by an independent board that approves proposals and consults widely with experts in different relevant fields. AODI will have at least one call a year for new proposals, each targeting different areas of expertise. PoC for a selected project should be achieved within a 1-5 year timeframe. 

AO's innovation landscape  

Capitalizing on its 60 year history of innovation, the AO has recently created a variety of innovation initiatives to complement existing ones, opening pathways to interesting new ideas for the AO. Each of these initiatives has distinct goals and targets:

The AOTK System—the unique point of reference for all technological advancements developed with the AO's industrial partners—was first complemented in 2013 by the AO Strategy Fund which supports a range of projects aimed at developing new services and technologies for unmet needs. This was followed in 2016 by AO Invest investing in start-ups that make a significant contribution to advancing patient care in orthopedic and trauma surgery. And in 2017, AODI is the latest innovation initiative to launch supporting inventors in securing IP and reaching PoC valorization.