DATA programme

DATA accelerator programme

SBC's new accelerator programme is designed to help start-ups in the application of data analytics to drug discovery

start-ups every cohort
weeks of panels, workshops and more
specialist mentors

What is the DATA programme?

DATA stands for Data-driven Advanced Therapeutics Accelerator. It’s an accelerator programme focussed on the exciting intersection between data analytics and drug discovery. Training and mentoring are provided for biotech start-ups to help them develop ideas, build momentum and give them the skills to move to the next phase.

The DATA Accelerator programme is the first of its kind to bring together AI and drug discovery in a focussed programme. We have unique access to experts in relevant fields who can help start-ups to commercialise your ideas.

Who is behind the programme?

The DATA Accelerator is designed and managed by Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. We are committed to supporting faster and more efficient delivery of innovations that improve peoples’ lives. We create a supportive environment to help start-ups achieve this. 

Who is it aimed at?

The DATA Accelerator programme is aimed at early-stage entrepreneurs looking to develop their innovations in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment. The programme has targeted companies with:

  • a focus on drug discovery, genomics or advanced therapeutics and data
  • a minimum viable product
  • pre-series A funding
  • at least two founders.

How long is the programme and what does it cost?

The programme will is provided at no financial cost and runs for 18+ weeks.

Why have companies chosen the DATA Accelerator programme?

At Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst we have a proven track record in supporting companies to develop and commercialise cutting edge therapeutics. We are home to a growing cluster of start-up companies which together have raised £2bn in grants, equity investments, IPOs/FPOs and acquisitions.

How can the DATA Accelerator programme help?

By joining our programme, companies will

  • Take part in an intensive, week-long bootcamp followed by an 18+ week programme of support 
  • Build their expertise in intellectual property, finance, contracts, grants and more
  • Network with experts from the pharma and biotech industries
  • Have access to specialist mentors
  • Meet and network with successful start-up leaders
  • Have the opportunity to meet other campus-based life science companies
  • Receive bespoke introductions to investors 
At Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, we are committed to enabling life science companies connect, grow and succeed at every stage of their development. Our DATA programme will help start-ups build their expertise, helping them establish the funding and relationships they need to move to the next level.

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth, OBE
CEO, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

More about the programme

Programme overview

Companies will be supported through weekly workshops and exclusive panel talks with industry experts focused on the commercial aspect of drug discovery and AI. This will include bespoke mentoring with experts and networking with investors and big pharma.


The programme kicks off with an intensive week of workshops designed to get start-ups up to speed. The bootcamp focuses on intellectual property, go-to-market strategies, finances, contract negotiations, pitching and provides introduction to service providers and programme partners. It allows the DATA team to get to know you and identify where you need support.


The bootcamp is followed by 18+ weeks of panels, workshops and exclusive fireside chats which cover topics shown in the timeline.

Demo Day

Throughout the programme, there will be opportunities for start-ups to practice pitches and get their stories right. The programme culminates in a demo day during which they will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of investors, business angels, VCs and representatives from biotech and pharma organisations.

After DATA

Successful start-ups will be supported via quarterly alumni meetings. We’ll also help them with introductions and post-acceleration support.

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