Life Changing Ideas. Game Changing Support.

Experience life as part of one of the most successful locations for life science start-ups in Europe. If you are an early-career entrepreneur with a sustainable business proposition based on great science and have the imagination, creativity, and resilience to succeed, Accelerate@Babraham is the place for you.

Applications Now Open!

8 Week 'Taught' Programme

Concentrated, intense, potentially life-changing

5 Life Science Start-ups

A competitive and rigorous selection process - only 5 will make it

Lab Space & Equipment

12 months access to free lab space and support to stress test your science

Expert Mentoring & Support

Challenge and be challenged by those that have been there and done it before

£10,000 Cash Prize

No strings attached non-dilutive funding, spend it wisely!

Supporting the next generation of life science innovators

Founded and developed at the Babraham Research Campus in 2018, Accelerate@Babraham, the Campus’ pre-seed company support programme, was created out of a desire to support and nurture early-stage life science ventures attempting to navigate this tough and fast-moving sector. 

The programme, which each year offers five early-stage life science start-ups the chance to join the Babraham Research Campus community, brings to bear an unrivalled network of experts, mentors, investors, data-driven business support, lab space and funding to equip new enterprises with the skills, confidence, connections to enable success.

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Start-up Story

Want to know what life as part of Accelerate@Babraham is really like? We sat down with previous participants to understand just that. The resulting article and film will give you an insight into the value of the programme, the incredible team of partners and supporters that are involved in delivering it and the tangible successes achieved by our cohort companies.

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Applications Now Open

Applications are invited from life science start-up companies working in therapeutics, reagents, technology platforms and diagnostics who would benefit from access to fully equipped, serviced lab and office space, business and technical support from practitioners, and the opportunity to expand their network and deeply embed in the outstanding Cambridge life science cluster.

In 2024, we are particularly interested in applications from companies with a focus on renal or cardiometabolic-related diseases, including diabetes, obesity, NASH, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

Applicants need to be available and eligible to attend in-person events in Cambridge, UK.

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Top Tips to make a successful application to Accelerate@Babraham

ONLINE WEBINAR: Thursday 29th Feb 2024, 12:45 - 14:00
If you’re eager to join this esteemed programme, you’ll need a stand-out application to catch the attention of the selection committee. In this online FAQ session, our experienced panel will walk you through the key elements of a successful Accelerate@Babraham application. 

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Strategic Partners

Accelerate@Babraham wouldn’t exist without the commitment and support of a superb group of strategic supporters, all of whom dedicate time, resource, and funds to ensure the initiative is continually able to evolve and adapt to deliver the very best nurturing support, not only to the current cohort but also the alumni.


Mentors & Experts

Over 60 individuals, all highly experienced in their respective fields, give their time freely in support of our next generation life science innovators. To date we’ve delivered over 130 bespoke training sessions, facilitated over 330 hours of round-table seminars and discussions, and made hundreds of personal introductions. Meet them here.

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Latest News & Insights

Now in its sixth year, Accelerate@Babraham has supported 26 early-stage enterprises and been recognised as one of the top 25 biotech incubators in Europe (LaBiotech, March 2021). To date, our alumni has raised £46.8M and has a current portfolio value estimated at over £90M. We proudly shout about their successes and achievements whenever and wherever we can!

Biotech start-up BugBiome secures investment for pioneering research in sustainable pest protection

Biotech start-up BugBiome secures investment for pioneering research in sustainable pest protection

BugBiome, a biotech harnessing nature’s microbial defences for pest protection to benefit human and planet health, has successfully closed a pre-seed funding round, securing £310k from Cambridge Angels and Discovery Park Ventures.

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Accelerate@Babraham programme culminates in final pitching event

Accelerate@Babraham programme culminates in final pitching event

The cohort of 2023 present findings and next steps to an invited audience at the Babraham Research Campus.

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BioMed Realty and Babraham Research Campus Announce Full Letting of Newest Life Science Development on Campus

BioMed Realty and Babraham Research Campus Announce Full Letting of Newest Life Science Development on Campus

Mosaic Therapeutics, an oncology therapeutics company and alumni of Accelerate@Babraham, has agreed to take ~6,800 square feet in the newest building on Babraham Research Campus.

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