UKRI and Science Creates launch engineering biology accelerator

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UKRI and Science Creates have launched a new accelerator programme for innovative engineering biology scientists in the UK, in partnership with industry experts.

Supporting engineering biology entrepreneurs

The programme is funded through the £250 million UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Technology Missions Fund. It has been designed to support engineering biology researchers who wish to launch a company, or whose existing start-up is in the very early-stages.

The accelerator is open to entrepreneurial candidates with innovative ideas that use engineering biology to help solve global problems such as:

  • protecting the environment
  • advancing healthcare
  • improving quality of life

Successful applicants will develop their entrepreneurial skills and create a growth strategy for their start-up via the programme.

The accelerator will provide participants with the tools to develop the correct team structure, a clear research pipeline and fundraising plan to take their technology to market.

Building networks

The accelerator programme unites the collective expertise of eight delivery partners and connects successful applicants to a wider network of over 40 deep tech companies.

It’s open both to individuals looking to launch a company and those with existing engineering biology start-ups at the very early stage.

The programme will also build an accelerator network of:

  • founders
  • mentors
  • partners
  • advisors
  • investors

Training and support

Starting in September, this intensive nine-week programme starts with a week-long bootcamp featuring back-to-back training to accelerate business ideas.

Successful applicants will then have eight weeks to accelerate their innovative idea, with regular check-ins and support throughout.

Financial support is provided throughout the programme. Successful candidates will be eligible to apply for equity free follow-on funding from UKRI for their registered company to test the feasibility of their new ideas or technologies.

Applications now open

Whether you have a background in academia or industry, if you are driven to transform your innovative engineering biology research into a successful start-up company, apply to our accelerator programme now.

The expression of interest stage closes on the 27 July 2023.

Top image:  Credit: Science Creates. Photographer: Peter Schiazza

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