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Entrepreneurship 101. Get to grips with the fundamentals and get on the path to investment.   

How do you pitch to investors? Why do good start-ups fail? What’s the difference between Accelerators and incubators and how do you know which is right for you? With articles, videos, blogs and fireside chats, our online Accelerator Academy takes you through the entrepreneurial concepts you need to know about, giving you the tools and expertise to reach (and smash) crucial milestones to launch and grow a business.


Want more? The BioCity Accelerator is open to applications for our 2020 / 2021 programmes.


An intensive eight-week programme, our Accelerator is specifically designed to help science entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses from their science. On the programme you will learn how to ‘Lean Start-up’ your idea, work closely with our dedicated coaches, attend workshops and gain a direct route to investment.

How to Pitch to an Investor

This episode is an introduction to what investors look for when evaluating new investment opportunities. It describes how investors view successful businesses and how founders should communicate their startup ideas when trying to generate interest during their pitch.

Reasons for Start-up Failure

Using real-world examples, in episode two, we look at the key reasons behind the failures of some of the most promising ventures. The lessons we can take from Webvan and Exubera, provide guidelines for how to build a successful business; or at least, how to minimise the risk of failure.



Not just for start-ups and spin-outs, the BioCity Business Accelerator Programme works with entrepreneurs at every stage from idea to exit to help businesses to get off the ground, and continue to grow, entrepreneurial.



Countless articles discuss the positives that economic uncertainty can bring start-ups – increased investment, access to talent etc. Which is all well and good if you already know that your idea and business model are sound – but what if you don’t? Before you ask yourself about the best time to start a business, the first question must be, “will it work?”.

  • Why the BioCity Accelerator Programme wants to help you get it wrong.

    Will it work? Is the question every (would-be) entrepreneur and business owner asks themselves. It might; you may be the next Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, James Dyson or Stewart Adams. But it might not. To know for certain, you have to give it a go.

  • Accelerator vs. incubator? What’s the difference and does it matter?

    Confusion abounds, what is the difference between incubators and accelerators? Outside the industry, the terms are interchangeable. Within, definitions differ between the organisations running them. As the UK’s first and largest life science incubator and accelerator, we at BioCity feel a duty to offer a perspective.

  • Setting up successful life science start-ups

    Fear of failure is a feeling many entrepreneurs experience and for some it can even be a barrier to the success of their start-ups. BioCity’s accelerator programme is designed to give budding entrepreneurs the tools they need to confidently pursue their business idea.

Second chance events

Missed one of our events? Not to worry, we’ve recorded our online webinars for you to watch at your convenience.


Join the BioCity Business Accelerator Programme

Applicants join us and our partners for a 2.5 day pre-accelerator workshop, during which coaches introduce the key entrepreneurial techniques needed to scrutinise and develop new businesses. Entrepreneurs then have four weeks to use the tools, techniques and methods learnt to undertake rigorous customer discovery to work on their idea and shape their business model.


Following the four weeks of customer discovery, applicants present their work and pitch for one of the limited places on the BioCity Business Accelerator Programme.

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