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Science Creates launches engineering biology accelerator in partnership with UKRI



Bristol, UK-based deep tech ecosystem, Science Creates, has launched an engineering biology accelerator programme to support life science start-ups and innovators in developing ground-breaking advancements in healthcare, the environment and quality of life.

Engineering biology entrepreneurs and start-ups from across the UK are invited to apply to join the intensive programme, developed in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), at Science Creates’ deep-tech innovation hub Bristol.

Roadshows will run throughout July in Cambridge, Edinburgh, London and Manchesterfor interested parties to find out more about the application process and benefits.

The roadshow series will close with a special South West Roadshow event, hosted by Science Creates in Bristol on July 24.

The programme, which is now open to applications, combines the expertise of eight delivery partners from organisations including Grant Tree, SCI Partners, CAIA, Global Composition and Deep Science Ventures.

It connects successful applicants to a network of more than 40 deep tech companies and 13 strategic partners.

Dr Harry Destecroix, Founder of Science Creates, said:

“We want to get innovation in the UK off the shelf and out into the real world.

“One in ten start-ups fail according to Startup Genome.

“Often a scientific start-up doesn’t fail because the science isn’t up to it. It fails because of a lack of investment, not having the right team, or the right experience to develop and deliver a sustainable business plan.

“I want to change that. I want to extend the success we see in deep-tech Bristol and extend it to other regions of the UK.”

The programme will provide an incubation space designed to empower entrepreneurs and future business leaders, providing them with essential skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the engineering biology space.

Participants will receive guidance in establishing a strong market fit, developing a growth strategy, creating the right team structure, devising a clear research strategy and formulating a fundraising plan.

The programme will cater to both individuals and those with very early-stage start-ups, ensuring a supportive environment for all participants.

All participants on the accelerator will receive financial support in order to attend the accelerator.

Selected successful candidates will have the opportunity to unlock equity-free feasibility funding for their startups to test the feasibility of their ideas and technologies.

Candidates must have a UK-registered company by the end of the programme to be eligible to receive feasibility funding.

There is space for up to 30 candidates, including individuals and early-stage start-ups.

Science Creates will conduct a rolling review of applications, and spaces will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

Interested individuals and start-ups must submit their expression of interest by July 27.

The full-time programme will last for nine weeks, with remote/hybrid options for participation, and includes access to expert training, mentoring and support as well as further discretionary budgets for travel accommodation and business support services.

The total support package for each candidate has an equivalent value of up to £10,000 per candidate.

Candidates will also have the opportunity to apply for £50-£60,000 of equity-free feasibility funding at the end of the accelerator

Destecroix added:

“This programme is an incredible opportunity for scientists, synthetic biologists, and visionary entrepreneurs to accelerate their ideas and make a real impact in solving global challenges.

“We are driven to support, nurture and mentor the next generation of engineering biology start-ups, helping them build disruptive businesses from scientific discoveries.”

To learn more about the Engineering Biology accelerator programme and to apply, visit: https://www.accelerate.sciencecreates.co.uk

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