Unlock the Potential of your Ideas

Startup School for genomics and biodata

Learn to think like an entrepreneur in a highly supportive environment for early-stage genomes and biodata innovation arising from Campus science, with our peer institutes Wellcome Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute leading the way.

Why? Because we all share the same mission to help improve healthcare and lives.

Our lean virtual Startup School is designed for genomics and biodata scientists but we also welcome participants from related disciplines and those whose skills and expertise can help enrich, diversify, and launch the early ideas generated by each cohort.

Startup school at the wellcome genome campus

2021-22 Programme now closed

Applications are now closed for our second edition starting in November 2021. We will follow up with more news about StartUp School shortly. If you'd like to know more or register your interest in participating in upcoming editions, please let us know.

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Course Structure

With eight content-rich sessions, plus an introductory and a wrap-up session, our curriculum is delivered in ten online sessions, each lasting an hour plus networking time. Each of our modules will help you step out of your comfort zone as you start to validate and test your ideas. You will be inspired through peer to peer interaction and will be provided with the opportunity of putting your thoughts into practice. 

The very targeted nature of our curriculum means this syllabus is unique- unlike more generalized pre-accelerators that are designed to appeal to many, this one focuses solely on genomics and biodata. What does this mean? Everyone involved in our School has strong connections to the healthcare sector – networking will be a thrill! You’ll be accessing the individuals who are best placed to support you in the early stages of your entrepreneurial journey.

30 years

The UK biotech sector is relatively young, and after 30 years it already includes mature, revenue-generating companies, as well as innovative start-ups building new technologies, and new business models.

The right place

In 2019 the Cambridge Cluster housed approx. 456 small and large biomedical companies and over 3,000 in the IT and tech fields, with a combined turnover of £11bn.

Key sector

The sector enjoys strong government support and with record levels of private and public investment poured into biotech over the last decade, the sector’s position as a key strategic sector is set to continue after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opportunity

There is a lot more to the healthcare industry than just the big pharma. Areas with potential high growth are cell and gene therapy, orphan drugs, CRISPR gene editing, robotics, telemedicine, and AI.

Endorsements

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Dr Julia Wilson, Associate Director, Wellcome Sanger Institute


“After experiencing first hand last year’s Startup School, I believe this has been an extraordinary and immersive experience for participants. The breadth and depth of the science, the curiosity of them all and the leaps of thinking. It has been remarkable to see the ideas develop and emerge.

An amazingly skilled cohort of scientists who are based in Academia, but would be comfortable navigating industry and understand the route from an idea to a product- they have the skills, the knowledge and the confidence now from the Startup School to do this. It’s a mini-bootcamp which aims to give you the tools needed to build your own venture with meaningful insights to help consolidate your plans.”

 

 

 


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Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Visiting Professor at Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship University of Cranfield

“I was delighted to see the outline of the programme. It is spot on in terms of unlocking the curiosity of  the scientist in learning how to make an impact with their science and taking the early first steps.

They will learn about the various options open to them and gain inspiration from those that have made the journey to impact.

Role models are crucial for the young scientist to test their own ambitions and career choices as are practical tools, frameworks and a peer group that can support each other.

 

 


Andrew Leach, Head of Industry Partnerships, EMBL-EBI

 

“I am very excited to see the Startup School taking its very first cohort of participants. It is clear that there is a huge interest on the Genome Campus in entrepreneurship. The programme will provide tools, access to networks, encouragement and support that will help bridge the gap between having an exciting idea and turning this into a real startup enterprise. The programme will also provide an excellent vehicle to strengthen the links between academia and industry; having worked for many years myself within industry this is something I am particularly passionate about”.

 

 

 

Diversity + Collaboration = Innovation

The Wellcome Genome Campus Startup School promotes equality and celebrates inclusion, we believe that diversity and collaboration are key to innovation. We welcome participation from everyone who shares our mission to improve healthcare and lives.

Have a business idea or want to explore entrepreneurship?

Applications have now closed for this second edition of Startup School starting November 2021, but please let us know about your interest and we'll make sure to contact you the next time round. Also, feel free to get in touch with any questions, at any time: startupschool@wellcomegenomecampus.org

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