Builder Incubator - Apply now

The Bayes Centre DDE Innovation

Register for our info session

Wednesday 8th June 2022

15:30 - 17:00

Room G.03 and Bayes Atrium

Applications have now opened for the Venture Builder Incubator 3.0.

If you would like to explore and validate the commercial potential of your research or data-driven idea, join us to find out how VBI 3.0 provides the skills and framework to do so and how to apply for the programme.

Programme lead Laura Bernal will provide an overview of the programme and the application process, and answer any questions. You will also have the chance to ask recent participants for their perspective on the programme both during the Information Session and afterwards, over refreshments in the Bayes Atrium.

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What is it?

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 events designed to provide PhD students and academics with the skills and knowledge to exploit the commercial potential of their research.

It 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 University of Edinburgh’s data expertise and wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, mentors and industry champions including Nile HQ and Barclays Eagle Labs.

• The chance to win £5,000 on Demo Day

And more!

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.

Who should apply?

The Venture Builder Incubator is perfect for PhD students and academic staff who would like to explore and validate the commercial potential of original, academic 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.

We encourage applications from PhD students and academic staff from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University. (However, undergraduate and masters’ students, and recent alumni with innovative ideas, which are not derived from original research, are also welcome to apply. Please get in touch if you have any queries.)

The programme is open to all industries; however, we are particularly interested in:

  • AgriTech including animal health and aquaculture
  • HealthTech including cancer-related ideas
  • Tech for Good
  • Companies using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain or Quantum Computing
  • TravelTech
  • EdTech
  • ClimateTech
  • FinTech
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DDE Venture Builder Incubator Laura Bernal


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 September and finish at the end of January with a break in December.

Will the partnership with Cancer Research UK continue?

We are in the process of putting everything in place to make an announcement. In the meantime, please apply if you have a cancer-related idea.

What happens after I submit my application?

After applications close, 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.

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Meet your programme lead - Laura Bernal

Find out more

Keen to learn more about the Venture Builder Incubator, please get in touch.

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