meet to connect



The SEC creates a platform to gain insights, find fellow innovators, learn about the latest developments, and build your network. Our events provide you with a unique opportunity to mingle with the most innovative entrepreneurs and give you an insight into the hidden world of startups. At our workshops, we give innovators the support they need to get their ideas off the ground. Keep an eye on our agenda for life science events from across the ‘Golden Triangle’: London, Oxford and Cambridge.

For our sponsors and partners, we host events where you can network with young talent, meet promising early-stage companies and share your business with our diverse community.



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3 Meetups | 1 Pitch Event | Great Prizes


together with Merck Accelerator, Clustermarket and the Science Entrepreneur Club

Merck Accelerator partners up with Clustermarket and the Science Entrepreneur Club to support innovative startups working on novel technologies related to the three Fields of Clean Meat, Bio-sensing & Interfaces and Liquid Biopsy Technologies under the theme of ‘Connect2Innovate’.

To highlight the importance and to accelerate the newest technologies in these fields, we are hosting three Meetups and a Pitch Evening. On the pitch event, there is an opportunity to win a cash price and Sigma Aldrich vouchers! The winner will also receive a “Golden Ticket” to the Merck Accelerator Selection Days which are taking place by the end of November. The Selection Days are the last selection step before joining the Merck Accelerator Program at the Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt in January 2020.

If you are a startup that works within one of the Innovation Fields of Clean Meat, Bio-sensing & Interfaces or Liquid Biopsy Technologies and you are interested in presenting on the Connect2Innovate Pitch Evening please contact us.

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Meetup 1 London - 24th of July
Meetup 2 Cambridge - 13th of August
Meetup 3 Oxford - 21st of August
Deadline Pitch Event -  29th of August
Pitch Event London - 18th of September

What you can win at the final pitch event:

1st Winner: £4.000 Cash + Sigma Aldrich Voucher + Presentation at Merck Selection Event
2nd Winner: £1.000 Cash + Sigma Aldrich Voucher
3rd Winner: Sigma Aldrich Voucher


Previous events

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