Part of the Bayes Centre DDE Innovation, and one of the first steps on the journey from founding to funding.
The Venture Builder Incubator is a curated programme of interactive, online workshops and some in-person events designed to provide PhD students and academics with the skills and knowledge to validate the commercial potential of their research.
We are looking to work with motivated individuals and teams eager to test their ideas, solve real world challenges by creating data-driven companies that use technology be it software, hardware or have the potential for a digital component.
Building on the success of our previous cohort, we will continue with our partnership with Cancer Research Horizons allowing us to also support founders from across the UK working on Cancer-related projects.
The programme offers the opportunity to be at the heart of a vibrant community and to develop life-long professional and entrepreneurial skills.
Participants will have access to:
• A £2,000 grant
• One-to-one support
• Links to investors
• The chance to win £5,000 on Demo Day
The Venture Builder Incubator is delivered by the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading innovation hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Bayes Centre, and Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service on behalf of its Data-Driven Innovation Hubs.
We encourage applications from PhD students and academic staff from the University of Edinburgh.
However Masters’ students, and recent alumni with innovative ideas, which are derived from original research, are also welcome to apply. Please get in touch if you have any queries.
PhDs and early career researchers from across the UK working on cancer-related Projects.
However, VBI is NOT limited to cancer-related projects. Projects coming from the University of Edinburgh can be related to a wide number of industries but we are particularly interested in:
The deadline for general applications has now passed but we are still accepting submissions for cancer-related projects until Wednesday 22 September.
Do I need to have knowledge or experience of startups? No prior experience or knowledge is necessary. In fact, this is the programme for you! VBI focuses on supporting participants with little or no knowledge of business or the entrepreneurial ecosystem to gain the knowledge and the skills to develop their idea.
How much time commitment is required for the Venture Builder Incubator? Approximately 12 hours a month over 4 months. The programme is designed to fit in with other academic commitments.
When does the Venture Builder Incubator take place? The incubator will start in November and finish at the beginning of March with a break in December.
Will the partnership with Cancer Research Horizons continue? Yes, we are delighted that our partnership with Cancer Research Horizons has been renewed and we will be able to support cancer-related startups.
What happens after I submit my application? If you submitted your application before the 22 July you will receive feedback and the chance to resubmit your application. After applications close on Friday 9 September, we will invite shortlisted applicants to interview.
I have an idea but it does not relate to my research. Can I still apply? Yes, we welcome applications as long as the business idea has data at the centre of it.
I am a student at Heriot Watt. How do I apply? Please contact the Heriot Watt Enterprise Team for information on how to apply
Cancer Research Horizons is the innovation engine of Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research organisation. It was launched to take cutting edge innovations from the lab bench to the bedside and translate them into effective treatments and diagnostics for cancer patients.
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