The BioCity Business Accelerator

BioCity business accelerator programmes are held exclusively at BioCity Group campuses throughout the UK, home to 200+ of the most innovative life-science companies.


The BioCity business accelerator programme offers:


  • Clear route to raising investment
  • Accelerated route to market
  • Coaching in the latest tools for entrepreneurial excellence


Well connected, our accelerator programme is supported by an extensive network of:


  • Leading thinkers in the world of business acceleration
  • Serial entrepreneurs
  • Senior executives
  • Key industry figures
  • Entrepreneurial peers


The BioCity business accelerator backs promising ventures with investments and equity loans. From early stage convertible loans to help developing businesses get off the ground, to equity investment for more established companies who need to grow, while accelerator graduates can access crucial funding via the dedicated BioCity Group investment fund.

BioCity Business accelerator programmes for every phase of development

The unique tools of the BioCity business accelerator support innovation, growth and success for med-tech life sciences and accelerating businesses, regardless of company age, experience or time commitments.


To date, our accelerator alumni range from technology inventors, industrial scientists and students with just the spark of an idea, to university spin outs and established companies developing new products and services or looking to change core strategies.


The BioCity business accelerator programme features three distinct stages, each designed to specifically support ventures at every stage (SPARKDEVELOP and LAUNCH) ; winners enjoy free accommodation and one-to-one coaching at a BioCity campus with investment available for the most promising opportunities.



If you have a business or idea you wish to explore, and are interested in applying to the DEVELOP Programme, our SPARK Workshops are the perfect place to start.


These are free to attend and designed to bring together scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and professionals to explore the commercial viability of their ideas.


Over the course of the workshop, you will learn the ‘lean start-up’ and customer discovery methodology to create scalable opportunities for investment.


The workshop also provides an opportunity to informally discuss your idea or business with BioCity coaches, mentors and members of our investment team.



DEVELOP is a 6-week long programme, a combination of group workshops and 1 to 1 coaching with a limited number of companies on the programme at one time. The application process is competitive and companies will be offered a place based on their suitability for the programme.




  • Identify any gaps in your business case and evaluate the risk areas
  • Help you to create a business model that will stand-up to the scrutiny of potential investors, partners and customers
  • Steer your business in the right direction; reducing risk, time and cost


The DEVELOP programme is highly practical. It is not a theoretical course of lectures, but based around the Lean Start Up methodology and utilises a set of highly effective tools and processes specifically tailored to the healthcare and life sciences industry. Our goal, is to help you discover a profitable, scalable and repeatable business model for your company. This will allow you to build a company with substantially less money and in a shorter amount of time than using traditional methods.


The very best DEVELOP opportunities will be invited to progress directly to Stage 2 – LAUNCH programme, for investment preparation. Those that show promise but require further work may be eligible for some immediate funding (up to £50k as a convertible loan) to help them reach the level from which they can progress to LAUNCH.



LAUNCH is a bespoke programme run across all BioCity and MediCity sites. It takes the most promising opportunities (typically from our DEVELOP) programme and helps them to become market and investment ready and ultimately to raise the money they need to progress.


LAUNCH will:


  • Refine and rehearse your investment ‘pitch’
  • Fill in the gaps in your business knowledge
  • Introduce you to potential mentors and non-execs
  • Provide the introductions to pitch to a range of investors including BioCity Group


Companies at BioCity have raised over £50m in venture capital. The LAUNCH programme will help you add your name to the list that have successfully raised investment.

Upcoming Programmes

july 2018

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august 2018

29aug(aug 29)9:00 am31(aug 31)5:00 pmBioCity Accelerator Programme: Pre-Accelerator Workshop at MediCity Nottingham9:00 am - 5:00 pm (31) MediCity Nottingham, D6 Building, Thane Road, Nottingham NG90 6BH Event Organized By: BioCity Group Event Type :BioCity AcceleratorLocation:Nottingham Event TagsAccelerator

29aug(aug 29)9:00 am31(aug 31)5:00 pmBioCity Accelerator Programme: Pre-Accelerator Workshop at MediCity Glasgow9:00 am - 5:00 pm (31) MediCity, Glasgow, Bo'Ness Rd Event Organized By: BioCity Group Event Type :BioCity AcceleratorLocation:Glasgow Event TagsAccelerator

september 2018

No Events

october 2018

15octallday17BioCity SPARK Boot Camp(All Day) BioHub, Alderley Park Event Organized By: BioHub Event Type :BioCity AcceleratorLocation:Alderly Park

15oct(oct 15)2:00 pm17(oct 17)5:30 pmBioCity Accelerator Programme - SPARKat BioHub, Alderley Park2:00 pm - 5:30 pm (17) BioHub, Alderley Park Event Organized By: BioCity Group Event Type :BioCity AcceleratorLocation:BioHub Event TagsAccelerator,Bootcamp,Business Development,SPARK