DATA accelerator programme

SBC's accelerator programme for 2022 is designed to help start-ups working on data-enabled drug discovery and advanced therapies.

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

What is the DATA programme?

DATA stands for Data-driven Advanced Therapeutics Accelerator. It’s an accelerator programme focused on data-enabled drug discovery and advanced therapeutics. Training and mentoring will be 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 will run in two parallel strands: one in data-enabled drug discovery and the other in advanced therapeutics. Each will have its own bespoke workshops. We have unique access to experts in relevant fields who can help start-ups to commercialise their 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 is designed for companies with:

  • a focus on drug discovery, genomics or advanced therapeutics
  • 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 be provided at no financial cost and will run for 18+ weeks.

Why choose SBC's 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 £2.9bn in grants, equity investments, IPOs/FPOs and acquisitions.

£10,000 award 

In addition to the panels and workshops provided by the DATA accelerator, one start-up company will receive a £10,000 non-dilutive award. 

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 data-enabled drug discovery and advanced therapeutics. 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.

Learn directly from biotech founders and grow your business. What are you waiting for?

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