DATA accelerator programme

Join our new accelerator programme designed to help start-ups in the application of data analytics to drug discovery

15+
start-ups every cohort
18+
weeks of panels, workshops and more
15+
specialist mentors
1000+
community

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 you develop ideas, build momentum and give you 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 you to commercialise your ideas.

Who is behind the programme?

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 you achieve this. 

Who should apply?

The DATA Accelerator programme is aimed at early-stage entrepreneurs looking to develop their innovations in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment. This programme is for you if your start-up has:

  • 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 be at no financial cost to you and will run for 18+ weeks.

Why choose 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 £1.6 bn in research grants, equity investments, IPOs and exits.

How can the DATA Accelerator programme help you?

By joining our programme, you will

  • Take part in an intensive, week-long bootcamp followed by an 18+ week programme of support 
  • Build your 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

What do I get?

Programme Overview

You 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.

Bootcamp

Our programme kicks off with an intensive week of workshops designed to get you 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.

Programme

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 to practice your pitch and get your story right. The programme culminates in a demo day during which you 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 you with introductions and post-acceleration support.

FAQ's

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