Applications Close at 12 noon on 25th March 2024

Who Can Apply?

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.

A competitive and rigorous selection process will determine which five companies will make it through. Participants will be selected based on quality of technology/research, technology readiness level, commercialisation readiness level, market need and commitment to the programme. Short-listed applicants will need to succinctly and confidently communicate their idea, its potential impact and their longer-term ambitions at interview to be in with a chance of securing one of the five places on the 2024 programme.

The Application Criteria & Process 2024

As a start-up venture there is no better location for exploring ideas and developing science. 

To apply you must:

  • Fill in as much of the form as possible and get in touch if you have any questions at all about the application form or process.
  • Have a life science sector focus, eg: therapeutics, life science tools & technologies or any transformative healthcare solution.
  • Be an early stage start-up, ie having not yet raised over £1.5M in funding/investment.
  • Ideally, be a team of at least two.
  • Be able (and eligible) to be in Cambridge, UK in person for the duration of the programme. This includes an interview in week commencing 15th April if selected and Bootcamp starting from 15th May, 2024.
  • And finally…! Your idea will have the potential to make a significant impact on your target market and you must have an over-riding passion for life science and healthcare.
  1. To apply complete the online application form (link below). All applications will be acknowledged by email.
  2. The closing date for applications is 12noon on 25th March 2024. Short-listed applications will be notified week commencing 1st April.
  3. Interviews will take place at the Babraham Research Campus, week commencing 15th April 2024.
  4. The successful five companies will be notified week commencing 22nd April.
  5. The 2024 Accelerate@Babraham programme will start with Bootcamp from the 15th May 2024 at the Babraham Research Campus.

Got further questions? Take a look at our FAQs here.

PLEASE NOTE: Please fill in as much of the application as possible. If you have any questions about the application form or questions please get in touch. We appreciate that your proposal may be early in development and you may not be able to answer all the questions. By applying you consent to your details and application being shared with our partners, supporters and mentors.

TO APPLY: Complete the application form as fully as possible. The form is made up of three sections. It will take approximately 1hr to complete. You can save and return to your application as long as you access it from the same device and web browser used to start the survey.

Please ensure you complete all three sections.

Fill out the application form here.


The Power of Partnership

As well as the invaluable strategic and delivery partner support, the wider Babraham Research Campus community also plays a critical role in the success of the programme.

The Campus community enjoys a strong and rather unique bond and there is a definite ‘pay it forward’ mentality, which Accelerate@Babraham is extremely lucky to be able to harness to great effect. The programme would not be able to deliver the year-on-year depth of experience it does without the expertise, dedication and support of so many Campus companies, individuals and wider in-cluster connections. 

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