The Bio-Start Competition is a three-stage process as follows:

a) A four-five minute (up to 300 seconds maximum) online video (pitch) submission to an online platform (we suggest Vimeo) along with an application form to be submitted by midnight on, 31 December 2016 b) Selected teams will go through to a one-day ‘boot camp’ of workshops and a networking session which will take place in Feb-April 2017 c) A judging panel will select the finalist teams to pitch in front of an audience at the final event to be held in London in June 2017 where one winner will be selected and the prize awarded

Entry Process: a) The Lead Entrant should ensure that the conditions of registration and online video submission are fulfilled by the appropriate deadlines. The online pitch and application form Submission Deadline is midnight on 31December 2016. The Lead Entrant of each team must ensure the upload is successful and must confirm the video is viewable externally and send a shareable link to Bio-Start organisers. The Organisers reserve the right not to accept any online video submission if the team has not submitted a signed or online Terms and Conditions form by 12:00 noon 5thJanuary 2017, or if the online video submission process outlined above is improperly completed. The online video pitches will be viewed and scored by a panel of external judges, with the top teams going through to Stage 2 of the Challenge. At Stage 2, the selected finalist teams will be expected to attend 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 will be self-managed, scheduling a minimum one hour per week with mentors. 2–3 mentors are allocated to each team by the competition (times to be confirmed). Stage 3 presentations will take place in London (venue TBC) in June 2017 (date TBC). The Organisers reserve the right to amend the judging dates and times up to June 2017. Presentation slides for Stage 3 of the process MUST be submitted via email to Bio-Start by 12:00 noon, XX XX XXXX to be uploaded in preparation of the presentations along with the 5-page business plan.

The deadlines for Registration and submission of online video presentations and the dates for judging and announcing the winning teams for Bio-Start 2016 may be changed at the discretion of Bio-Start UK. Any changes to these dates will be notified by email to the Lead Entrant.

Bio-Start and its organisers and sponsors will not be responsible for any costs incurred in the making of videos, entry forms submissions, travel, accommodation or other costs incurred entering the competition.

Privacy and Usage

Bio-Start is a biotechnology-based business plan competition/accelerator programme that is an initiative sponsored by SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund. We aim to respect your privacy by not collecting personal information about you that is not voluntarily provided or required to process your application, such as the biographical, email and other contact information you provide during the application process.

By voluntarily entering the competition, you grant Bio-Start the right to contact you regarding updates or progress to the competition, other news, or to ask for your support. If you choose to withdraw your application, or withdraw a member of an entering team, we will remove your, or their, contact information from our records at your request. In this case the team or individual who has been removed will no longer be eligible to participate in any portion of the competition.

Additionally, we may collect certain anonymous (non-personally identifiable) information to help us improve the Bio-Start website and evaluate the access and use of Bio-Start materials. For example, we may use web analysis tools that are built into the Bio-Start website to measure and collect anonymous session information.

Use of SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund Names

SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund and their logos and seals are trademarks of Imperial College London and Rainbow Seed Fund, respectively. Except for purposes of attribution as required by our Creative Commons License, you may not use their names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent. You may not use SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund names in any of their forms nor seals or logos for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund, respective, sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund unless granted a licence to do so by both Imperial College London and Rainbow Seed Fund.


-Non-registered individuals and those who do not meet our eligibility requirements are not eligible for participation in Bio-Start events or to compete for Bio-Start awards. -Applications are limited to companies incorporated in the UK at Companies House in the UK ( (or be so incorporated by the application deadline of midnight 31st December 2016) -Applications must be from a UK registered company but applicants don’t have to be UK citizens -Companies and pre start-up teams applying must not have raised more than £500k equity funding at the application deadline of midnight 31st December 2016) -There is no age limit for entrants but all entrants must be over the age of 18 at the time of incorporation of the company -Bio-Start retains the unconditional right to refuse participation or eligibility in the Bio-Start Competition 2016


To register for Bio-Start applicants are asked to voluntarily provide the following information (all information must be provided for each team member unless otherwise specified): first and last name(s); valid email address; date of birth; geographic location; academic or industry affiliation; and non-confidential summaries of their idea.

Disclosure of Intellectual Property for Application

Since IP status directly affects the success of your application into the programme, we will ask you at the submission stage for an official statement from your institution/employer (or any another organisation holding rights to IP connected with your idea) confirming your IP status.

Interpretation of “Non-commercial”

Non-commercial use means that users may not sell, profit from, or commercialise Bio-Start materials or works derived from them. The guidelines below are intended to help users determine whether or not their use of Bio-Start materials would be permitted by SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund under the “non-commercial” restriction. Note that there are additional requirements (attribution and share-alike) spelled out in our license. Commercialisation is prohibited. Users may not directly sell or profit from Bio-Start materials or from works derived from Bio-Start materials. For example: A commercial education or training business may not offer courses based on Bio-Start materials if students pay a fee for those courses and the business intends to profit as a result. Determination of commercial vs. non-commercial purpose is based on the use, not the user. Materials may be used by individuals, institutions, governments, corporations, or other business whether for-profit or non-profit so long as the use itself is not a commercialisation of the materials or a use that is directly intended to generate sales or profit. Incidental charges to recover reasonable reproduction costs may be permitted. Recovery of nominal actual costs for copying small amounts (under 1000 copies) of Bio-Start content on paper, CDs or other portable storage devices is allowed for educational purposes so long as there is no profit motive and so long as the intended use of the copies is in compliance with all license terms. Students must be informed that the materials are freely available on the Bio-Start Website and that their purchase of copied materials is optional. If you have questions about acceptable use of Bio-Start materials, please email us at

Awarding of Prizes

A Bio-Start appointed and administered judging panel will be appointed. The decision of the judges is final. The opinion of the judges is their own and represents no one else’s and the judges act in their personal capacity and not on behalf of their company or employer. The judges reserve the right not to consider any pitch where an entry does not properly qualify or in the case that the pitch or executive summary, in their opinion, has been improperly constructed. Furthermore, if there are no entries of a sufficient quality, at the absolute discretion of the judges, the right not to award any prize is reserved.

Bio-Start retains the right to, at any time and notwithstanding any prior written or oral understanding, grant, suspend, deny or withdraw the competition award(s) from any applicant.

Bio-Start reserve the right to change the amount and the allocation of the prize fund at any time up to and including June 2017 during the judging day. Any changes made prior to June 2017 will be communicated via email to the applicants.

Intellectual Property

Bio-Start applicants retain all intellectual property rights concerning their proposed idea, pending other agreements entered into voluntarily. However, all applicants agree to allow Bio-Start to use the following aspects of their application for marketing purposes: One Line Pitch, Team Name, Team Description, Non-confidential Idea Description.

Moreover, participating in Bio-Start or similar competitions may impact your future ability to protect your innovation. Bio-Start bears no responsibility and offer no guarantees about protecting proprietary or confidential information provided by the applicants. To the extent you post or upload content onto the Bio-Start website you hereby license, and give your consent for, any and all users of the Bio-Start website, including without limitation SynbiCITE and Rainbow Seed Fund, to copy, reproduce, display, distribute, and make derivative works of, such content.

You are free:

  • To Share – to copy, distribute, and display Bio-Start content
  • To Remix – to make derivative works

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution – You must attribute the work to the appropriate user or team and to its origination from the Bio-Start website and include a link to the URL.
  • Non-commercial –You may not use work for commercial purposes.
  • Share alike –If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this page. Apart from the remix rights granted under this license, nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author’s moral rights. Your fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

The applicant agrees that as a finalist their name and photograph maybe used in the national press and other publications and media formats to advocate Bio-Start.

The Organisers reserve the right to accept entries to Bio-Start that do not comply with these terms and conditions in full, and to vary, delete or add to these rules at any time during or after completion of Bio-Start 2016.

By registering for Bio-Start you voluntarily agree with the terms of this policy and to use the information on this site only to support the purposes and aims of Bio-Start. By registering on the Bio-Start website you also consent to the collection, processing, use and disclosure of the information about you described in this policy, for the purposes and by and to the individuals and organisations described in this policy.

“Deficient entries”

In the Bio-Start Competition, we reserve the right to reject any entries that are inaudible, incomplete, incomprehensible, damaged or otherwise deficient. We also reserve the right to reject entries that are unlawful, indecent, racist, inflammatory, defamatory or which we consider to be otherwise harmful to the goodwill and reputation of any of our publications, websites or brands. We accept no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries, including but not limited to website application form submissions, texts, calls or emails not received due to technical disruptions, network congestion or any other reason.”


1 We reserve in all cases the right to replace the stated prizes with prizes that we consider to be of broadly equivalent value. We offer no cash alternative for non-cash prizes and prizewinners must accept prizes in the form offered.

2 All prizewinners will be notified that they have won a prize within twenty-eight (28) days of the closing date of the Bio-Start Competition via at least one (1) of the following methods:

(a) by telephone; or

(b) in writing (including by email).

3 Prizes will be despatched to the winner via Imperial College London and other approved suppliers, unless otherwise stated. We will not be liable for any prizes which are lost, delayed or damaged or for reasons beyond our control.

4 Prizes will only be delivered to an address within the UK. Should a prizewinner’s contact details change, it is their responsibility to notify us.

5 We reserve the right to request proof of a prizewinner’s and proof of. In the event that a prizewinner cannot provide us with proof of identity reasonably acceptable to us, we may withdraw the prize and select another prizewinner.

6 All prizes are subject to availability, non-transferable and non-exchangeable. If a prizewinner does not take any element of a prize at the time stipulated by us (or any relevant third party prize provider) then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner. No cash will be awarded in lieu of that prize or part of it.

7 Any tax payable as a result of a prize being awarded or received will be the responsibility of the winner. Winners should seek independent financial advice prior to accepting a prize if this is a concern.

8 We make no representation or warranty in relation to prizes provided and to the fullest extent permitted by law we shall have no liability to you in relation to any prize, its fitness for purpose, merchantability or otherwise. We reserve the right to disqualify entrants from entering our Competitions or prizewinners from receiving their prizes where any such person engages in unsafe, illegal, unsociable or inappropriate behaviour.

9 All stated prize values are at the supplier’s recommended retail price in pounds sterling and are correct at the time of printing. We take no responsibility for any fluctuations in prize values. We award cash prizes in the form of a contract for award in the name of the prizewinner. Any other arrangement will be at our discretion.

10 No additional, further or other costs or expenses are included in any prize unless stated. For example, the costs of transport to and from a venue or an event or accommodation are not included

11 Third party suppliers of prizes may also often stipulate their own terms, conditions or restrictions and all prizewinners agree to be bound by theseBio-Start shall have no liability in relation to any prize provided by a third party provider.

12 A list of prizewinners for the Bio-Start competition can be obtained by writing to:

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If a provision of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

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(1) What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:

(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation);

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[We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.]

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If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal information, please write to us by email to or by post to:

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