Start-up Competition

Introduction

Our annual Accelerate@Babraham start-up competition acts as a springboard for early-stage life science enterprises. An opportunity to dedicate five months to the exploration and development of your science in the company of an exceptional network of strategic partners and supporters, at a location which is one of the best in Europe. The Babraham Research Campus is home to some of the UK’s most successful biotech enterprises – why not join them?

PLEASE NOTE 2021 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Watch this space to find out who made it through to the 2021 cohort...!

5 Life Science Start-ups

A competitive and rigorous selection process culminates in a fast-paced pitch-fest to determine which five companies will make it through. To succeed you will need to be able to succinctly and confidently communicate your idea, its potential impact and your longer-term ambitions within five minutes!

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5-Month Programme

Concentrated, intense and potentially life-changing! Weekly seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring will help hone your idea, polish your commercial proposition, develop your company structure and deliver a compelling investor pitch time after time. Contacts made during this process are often career-long connections.

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Lab Space & Equipment

Access to five months free lab space is yours as part of the Accelerate@Babraham programme. Stress test your science and take advantage of on-site technical expertise to guide and assist you with every detail - from where to hang your lab coat to the ordering and handling of specialist materials.

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Mentored by Experts

Our experts and mentors are all highly skilled and experienced in their respective fields and will be paired with you to match your very specific requirements. Prepare to be challenged by those that have been there and done it before – multiple times!

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£10,000 Cash Prize

Each of the five winning ventures will receive £10,000 non-dilutive funding. Use it to stock your lab, secure IP, file for a patent…whatever you like (almost!).

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Karolina Zapadka

Head of Accelerate@Babraham

Karolina is passionate about facilitating and accelerating opportunities and growth for early-stage life science ventures. In co-founding Accelerate@Babraham in 2018, she launched the first life science acceleration programme for early-stage ventures to combine access to lab space, mentoring from business and scientific experts and access to investors in the Cambridge Cluster.

 

Karolina has over 7 years’ experience in building healthcare companies within the Cambridge Cluster, playing a pivotal role in securing over £8.5 million for a number of British early stage ventures (pre-seed and seed stage) from a stellar syndicate of investors (business angels and VCs). She started her career as a scientist in protein and peptide therapeutics at a leading biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of products to enable improved treatments for diabetes care. Karolina completed a PhD in Molecular Biophysics at the University of Cambridge and carried out her Postdoctoral work at a top pharmaceutical company.

 

Her enthusiasm and dedication to each of our cohort companies ensures the very best connections are made and every opportunity maximised.

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What it’s like to be part of the programme

If you want to know what it’s really like, talk to those that have gone before! Our previous cohorts have been kind enough to allow us to do just that. Explore their experiences below and then ask yourself…is this for me?

Accelerate@Babraham intake learns how to walk through walls

Accelerate@Babraham intake learns how to walk through walls

A memorable induction for the first-ever Accelerate@Babraham competition winners cohort included masterclasses from two of Cambridge’s most spectacularly successful entrepreneurs and investors, Andy Richards and Jonathan Milner.

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Presentation Day showcases success of Accelerate@Babraham Start-up Competition

Presentation Day showcases success of Accelerate@Babraham Start-up Competition

The first ever life science bio-incubator programme competition at the Babraham Research Campus, Accelerate@Babraham, has ended on a high for the competition winners with the promise of ongoing mentoring and an invitation to present at the renowned Babraham Investor Conference in 2019.

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Startups the rock stars of our generation

Startups the rock stars of our generation

The second life science bio-incubator programme at the Babraham Research Campus ended on a high for its participants as they presented their science and achievements to a distinguished audience.

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2021 Applications Now Closed

Applications for the 2021/22 Accelerate@Babraham cohort are NOW CLOSED. Just five companies will make it through to the five-month bio-entrepreneurial programme, and each slot will be hotly contested via a rigorous competitive application and pitching process. Watch this space to find out who made it through to the 2021 cohort...!

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