Accelerate@Babraham Start-Ups Competition 2019

Accelerate@Babraham Start-Ups Competition 2019 is open for applications. Find out below how to win up to five spaces on the Life Sciences Accelerate Programme for a 5 month period

Dates Monday, April 22, 2019 - Download as vCalendar
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The Accelerate@Babraham concept complements our ongoing support of the Cambridge life science cluster through the provision of access to the campus community and infrastructure without the need to be an established occupier on site. 

Now in it's second year, the Accelerate@Babraham Start-ups Competition goes one step further, giving new companies the chance to win one of five spaces on the Accelerate programme for a five-month period from September 2019.

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The Prize

Up to five competition finalists will win access to Accelerate@Babraham’s bio-incubator facilities, including communal equipped laboratory space, flexible workspace within our stimulating and supportive environment and access to our community hub which includes office, meeting and social spaces. In addition, finalists will receive: 

  • Up to £10K non-dilutive funding per venture.
  • 1-2-1 mentoring from world-class technical and business experts.
  • Access to our highly experienced life science, healthcare, business and investor networks.
  • Access to our top quality programme and training – all run by practitioners expert in life science and bioinnovation.


How to apply

If you would like to apply to take part in Accelerate@Babraham’s Start-ups Competition, please complete the competition application form here by midnight on 22nd April 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified at the beginning of May and will be invited to pitch at the Babraham Investor Conference on 15th May where a judging panel of business leaders will choose up to five finalists.



The competition is open to early stage start-ups (who are yet to raise their first £1m funding/investment) with a life science sector focus, eg: therapeutics, synthetic biology, life science tools & technologies, diagnostics or any transformative healthcare solutions. Applicants must be a team of at least two members and available to move to Cambridge (UK) for the entire acceleration programme. A passion for life science, healthcare and entrepreneurship is critical! 

To apply for the competition click here.


Competition Timeline


2018 Competition round-up

The inaugural competition saw five ventures take part in the Accelerate@Babraham programme. Find out more about them and their impressions of the programme here.


The Babraham Research Campus is considered to be the UK’s leading campus to support early-stage bioscience enterprise. World class research and business come together to promote innovation and strengthen links between academia and the commercial world.