MS. What’s the
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    Every day millions of people around the world live with multiple sclerosis (MS). With unpredictable symptoms, day-to-day tasks can be a real struggle – everything the everyday shouldn’t be.

    That’s where The World vs.MS comes in. We’re exposing the daily challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, looking for ideas to solve them and developing one winning idea with the help of our partners Entrepreneurial Spark and MS Ireland.

    And there’s one vital thing we need. You.

    The MS community, teachers, students, designers, entrepreneurs, the world. We need your help. To expose these challenges. To provide ideas for solutions. To take on MS, together.

    We’re currently looking for bright ideas to help solve our three chosen challenge briefs… and we want to hear yours.

    Why should I enter?

    Because your idea could help change the lives of thousands of people living with multiple sclerosis. And it could also change yours. If your idea wins, you’ll work closely with our partners

    Entrepreneurial Spark and MS Ireland

    to develop it over 18 months, benefitting from the mentorship, connections and exposure they offer. You’ll watch your idea come to life and see it celebrated and publicised in WIRED magazine and on their website – something to show your family, friends, potential business contacts and future employers.

    You’ll also gain access to

    up to €100,000

    to help turn your winning idea, and a better life for those living with MS, into a reality. A great idea can come from anywhere and we want to hear them all, as long as they fulfil our Judging Criteria.

    Make connections.
    Make a name for yourself.
    Make a difference.

    What are you waiting for?

    The briefs

    The worldwide multiple sclerosis community have shared their challenges, and we’ve listened. Our Judging Panel and Steering Committee of leading experts from within the MS and innovation communities have used their knowledge and experience to shortlist the 103 challenges submitted down to three. Challenges which they feel, if solved, would have the most benefit to the MS community. For each, we have created a brief.

    And now we need you to help solve them.

    Fernando’s challenge

    Bladder control

    Diagnosed with MS 12 years ago, Fernando was forced to take early retirement due the daily struggles he faces with bladder control.

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    Paula’s challenge


    Paula suffers from extreme cold sensitivity in her feet and no matter what she does, she can’t get them to stay warm. With this, her whole body constantly feels cold and it’s beginning to affect every aspect of her life.

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    Giacomo’s challenge

    Walking with MS

    Giacomo and his wife Silien love to travel, but her MS has a direct impact on her ability to get around, imposing limits on the life they live together.

    View full brief Download briefing pack

    The judges

    • Entrepreneurial Spark
    • MS Ireland
    • Sanofi Genzyme
    • Wired

    Our judges, a panel of industry leaders and experts from within the MS and innovation communities, will help to shortlist all ideas shared down to three, and will also work closely with the winner to develop the winning idea.

    Dan Smith



    Jeremey Ambrose

    Entrepreneurial Spark


    Harriet Doig

    MS Ireland

    Advocacy and
    Research Officer

    Suzanna van Straaten

    MS Europe at
    Sanofi Genzyme

    Commercial Director

    Meet our judges

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    The World vs.MS is powered by Sanofi Genzyme and supported by Multiple Sclerosis Ireland and Entrepreneurial Spark.

    Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator, working closely with new start-ups and growing ventures to help them develop the key entrepreneurial and business skills they need in order to flourish.

    Their vision closely aligns to ours – to inspire and enable social change. And their experience of nurturing entrepreneurial and innovative talent will help to identify the solutions with the potential to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people living with MS. They will also guide and support the chosen winner, helping to them to turn their idea into a reality.

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    Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care business unit of Sanofi, focuses on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology and immunology.

    We help people with debilitating and complex conditions that are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Our approach is shaped by our experience developing highly specialised treatments and forging close relationships with physician and patient communities. We are dedicated to discovering and advancing new therapies, providing hope to patients and their families around the world.

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    Multiple Sclerosis Ireland is the only national organisation in Ireland providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community.

    We work with people with MS, their families and carers and a range of key stakeholders including health professionals, students and others interested in or concerned about MS to ensure that we meet our goals. MS Ireland is chiefly a services driven organisation, focused on providing timely, person-centered services that create independence and choice for persons with MS and their families.

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