BioAccelerate 2018



BioAccelerate is a Business Accelerator programme focused on the commercialisation of innovation in the bioscience and healthcare sectors across Mid and West Wales. The programme will be led by Nurture Ventures and take place at the Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus with up to 12 selected start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs in the first cohort, starting in April 2018.  
Selected participants will undertake a hands-on 12-week programme including three full-day workshops, weekly mentoring, specialist subject clinics, a “be inspired day” with Welsh entrepreneurs and a day to pitch for investment at the end. Participants will work on specific outputs from BioAccelerate including a Business Model Canvass, 3-5 year financial projections, a defined market opportunity, market needs analysis, a ‘go to market plan’, a company valuation and an investment pitch deck.

Upon completing BioAccelerate participants will have produced an investment ready value proposition for their innovation.

Applications to BioAccelerate 2018 are now closed. We were delighted with the range and quality of the applications. Thank you very much for your interest in BioAccelerate. 


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Prospective programme schedule. Details subject to change.
Week 1Workshop 1Winning Business ModelIntroductions, Business Model Canvass, intellectual property, innovation.
Week 2MentoringOne-to-one mentoringBuild initial Canvass, intellectual property, the value proposition, pricing, channels.
Week 3Workshop 2Operational CapabilitiesLegals and company formations, human resources, financial management, marketing, sales.
Week 4MentoringDetailed Finalisation of the CanvassDetailed finalisation of the Canvass: market and operations.
Week 5Workshop 3Commercial and Investment ReadinessInvestment essentials, valuations methods, MAGIC numbers, LivePlan demonstration.
Week 6MentoringOne-to-one mentoringFinancial forecasts, use of LivePlan, 3-5 year forecasts.
Week 7MentoringOne-to-one mentoringSales and marketing, customer management, intellectual property, operations, research and development, finance, human resources.
Week 8MentoringOne-to-one mentoringFinalise the Canvass, detailed financials, clear sales and marketing plan, product roadmap, operations (suppliers, third parties, etc.).
Week 9Workshop 4Be Inspired DayPresentations to other participants and an in-depth case study from a local entrepreneur.
Week 10MentoringOne-to-one mentoringSlide decks, FAQs, pitch rehearsals.
Week 11MentoringOne-to-one mentoringSlide decks, FAQs, pitch rehearsals.
Week 12Pitch DayPitch to InvestorsA chance for participants to present their developed ideas and innovations to a panel of investors.

N.B. Workshops are due to take place at Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus from 10am - 3pm while Mentoring sessions can be face-to-face or over the phone/Skype and can be scheduled to suit participants' timetables.  

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