About

Innovators Club

We believe that innovation goes hand-in-hand with collaboration which is why, every year, we create a community within a community in the form of the Innovators Club.

Alongside an official 10-week programme of workshops, mentoring and events, the Innovators Club offers a platform for early-stage life science start-ups working in similar areas to meet each other and share common hardships. Whilst the product or service provided is different, the developmental hurdles that start-ups face are often the same.

We call the Innovators Club a network accelerator programme because one thing is for certain, participating start-ups will expand their network and develop meaningful relationships to boost their business.

Track record

4

Cohorts

TBD

22

Alumni Companies

TBD

£61m+

disclosed funding raised post-programme

TBD

Benefits

What do you get?

Our unique 10-week programme consists of:

Workshops

A series of expert-led workshops covering essential start-up topics including IP, grant funding, R&D tax, insurance, raising investment, recruitment, legal aspects and pitching.

1-to-1 Investor Sessions

Each cohort company is paired with a relevant investor  for a 1-to-1 no detriment session offering invaluable feedback on business proposition, deck and pitching style.

Visibility

Each cohort company is interviewed by one of our Science Writers to produce a bespoke Startup Spotlight article that is shared across our social channels to 5,000+ followers.

Pitch to the BioCapital Network

At the end of the programme, each cohort company has the opportunity to present a rapid-fire pitch to the 200+ members of the BioCapital Network.

eLIGIBILITY

Who is it for?

The quick answer? Any early-stage life science company developing great science with a desire to scale and make a real-world impact.

The start-ups that benefit most from the programme are those who are at the pre-seed stage or have raised less than £1m to date as all components are designed for the earlier stages of growth.

Most events and workshops are evening sessions held in person in London so founders must be willing to travel on no more than ten occasions if located elsewhere. Across the 10 weeks, the total time commitment is around 20 hours.

The Innovators Club is open to all start-ups across the life sciences  - one of our only requirements is that you’re a registered company and you are a member of the BioFounder Club.

From revolutionising human health to solving the climate crisis and everything in between, we want to support you.

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applying

How do I apply?

Applications open in May each year and remain open until the end of June. We have a simple application form to complete which asks standard questions around your company and your development plans. Our team then reviews all applications and creates a shortlist of companies who are invited to a 30 minute interview in July. From there, the team decides on the ~6 companies successful in securing a space on the cohort who are then informed of the good news in August.

Kickoff

The programme typically kicks off in September and runs through to November each year.

Stay tuned

To stay up to date with applications opening, be sure to join the BioFounder Club community, follow us on social media and sign-up to our newsletter.

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tESTIMONIALS

“The programme offered excellent opportunities for meeting with experts as well as networking with founders and investors.”- Maya Thanou, Founder of Apeikon Therapeutics

tESTIMONIALS

“The workshops with investors were extremely helpful as they provided invaluable feedback on our business plan, approach and importantly, our pitches. We can’t overstate the importance of participating in a live pitch event before starting fundraising.”
- David Ortega, Founder of Phase Biolabs

tESTIMONIALS

“Most of all, I really like the fact that I am meeting great founders that are facing similar challenges as we are.”- Sofia Giampaoli, Founder of Alt Atlas