Bio-start is an annual competition designed to commercialise the engineering of biology
For people and companies looking to solve significant global problems through synthetic biology
For teams building early-stage companies on a firm commercial foundation with strong business acumen
For people looking to challenge themselves, working outside their comfort zone, and coming together with others in the fast paced startup environment to make a difference
Bio-start is a not-for-profit competition open to all industries
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Deadline for completed entries: 31st December 2016
Anyone can apply as long as they are willing to incorporate the company in the UK – if not already incorporated – and their competition entry is in scope. Applicants must submit a summary of the idea and the team members on an official entry form. Up to 25 entrants will be selected by independent assessors to enter Stage 2. Enrollment is limited, so please enter ASAP.
The competition starts with a one-day boot camp of workshops and a networking session for teams and mentors to meet. Working with their mentors, teams develop the business plan and pitch deck. Teams self-managed, scheduling a minimum one hour per week with mentors. 2-3 mentors are allocated to each team by the competition.
Teams work up a 10-slide pitch and a 5-page business plan. Of the 25 teams from stage 2, up to 10 semi-finalist are chosen to enter the final.
Selection of the winning entry will be made by an expert panel, Chaired by Sir Richard Sykes and including Dr David Lawrence, to which the semi-finalists will present. All semi-finalists present at the final award ceremony, where the winner will be announced.