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Revolutionising industry, pioneering medical technologies and transforming healthcare takes more than just a great idea and a can-do attitude. It takes a lot more. So, we designed a business accelerator programme specifically for life science entrepreneurs, based upon the ‘Lean Start-Up’ methodology and evidence-based entrepreneurship.


Not just for start-ups and spin-outs, the WAPG Business Accelerator Programme works with entrepreneurs at every stage from idea to exit to help businesses launch, grow and scale.


When joining the WAPG Business Accelerator, we ask for nothing but commitment; no fees, no shares, no equity and no board seats. Be assured, we will push you, we will ask a lot of you and it won’t be easy; but it will be worth it.

£100k business support

What to expect from the WAPG Business Accelerator Programme


The WAPG Business Accelerator Programme is an intensive eight-week programme specifically designed to help scientific entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale businesses from their science.


You will learn how to ‘Lean Start-up’, using a set of highly effective tools to identify gaps in your business, evaluate risks and create a business model that stands-up to the scrutiny of potential investors, partners and customers.


You will work one-to-one with your dedicated coach, attend workshops or complete activities weekly.


You will meet esteemed figures from the life science world who altruistically give their time as part of the WAPG Expert Network, to offer advice and guidance on growth and scaling challenges.


You will have a direct route to investment, pitching to investors on our expert panels, with the opportunity for the most promising ventures to go live on the WAPG co-investment platform.

Upcoming Programmes

september 2021

wed01sep9:30 amfri03(sep 3)5:00 pmEast Midlands AHSN Accelerator Programme, delivered by We are Pioneer Group9:30 am - 5:00 pm (3) Virtual Event Organized By: East Midlands AHSN & BioCity Event Type :EMAHSN Accelerator,BioCity Accelerator

tue07sep(sep 7)9:30 amthu09(sep 9)5:00 pmOxford AHSN Accelerator Programme, delivered by We Are Pioneer Group9:30 am - 5:00 pm (9) Virtual Event Organized By: Oxford AHSN & We Are Pioneer Group Event Type :BioCity Accelerator


So, what’s the first stage of the WAPG Accelerator Programme?

Our two and a half-day Pre-Accelerator Workshop is the place to start, which introduces the key entrepreneurial techniques you need to scrutinise and develop your business.


I don’t think I’m ready for the Pre-Accelerator Workshop yet, is there anything I can attend beforehand?

Yes! Our shorter Commercialisation Workshops (they range from three days, one day or two hours) are a great starting point. They will introduce key concepts such as ‘Lean Start-Up’, Business Model Innovation and how to tell your story.


Can I apply straight for the Programme?

Unfortunately, not. The Pre-Accelerator Workshop is a crucial stage and sets the foundation for what you’ll be learning during the 8-week Programme. Once you’ve attended a two and a half-day Pre-Accelerator Workshop, you’ll be invited to pitch for a place on the Programme.


My idea is at a very early stage; will I be suitable for the Programme?

Yes. If your business or idea falls into the Life Science sector, then our Programme is suitable for you. We work with all entrepreneurs at every stage from idea to exit.


What’s the impact of Covid-19? Is the Programme still running?

We’ve gone virtual (for now)! Once life can resume, as usual, we’ll go back to delivering these on-site, but currently, our Pre-Accelerator Workshops and Accelerator Programme are running on Zoom. As long as you have access to a laptop and WiFi, you’re good to go. We understand sitting in front of a screen for hours on end isn’t fun, so we’ve adapted the length of our workshops and sessions to suit a virtual environment.


I’m an international business, can I join the Programme?

Of course, many international businesses have been through the WAPG Accelerator Programme already. Usually, Covid-19 precautions aside, there are times when we need to see you face to face. Therefore we would ask that you travel to one of our locations hosting a Programme.


Does it cost anything to join?

No, the Programme is entirely free of charge.


Is the WAPG Accelerator Programme full time, and will I have to take time off work?

No, the Programme runs for half a day, once a week for 8 weeks. The 1-1 sessions with your coaches and additional work can be done at a time that suits you.


Do I have to sign anything to join? Do you expect pre-seed equity?

No. You do not have to sign a contract to join the WAPG Accelerator. We do not take a percentage of your business; you are not committed to any lasting relationship with us. If you want to remain in the Collective and work with us to grow your business – great. But there are no obligations; you owe us nothing. (NB this is very unusual – traditional accelerators take 5-10 per cent pre-seed equity in participating start-ups.)

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How to apply

Join the We Are Pioneer Group 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 WAPG Business Accelerator Programme. Coaches work closely with every pioneer on the programme, so only the most promising ventures will gain a place.

Entrepreneurship 101

Intro to the fundamentals of transforming your start-up into a scalable business.

Get to grips with crucial entrepreneurial concepts with articles, videos, blogs and fireside chats from our team of entrepreneur coaches; at your own pace, in your own time wherever you are in the world.
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The Journey

Meet Magda 

Graduate of the 2018 WAPG Business Accelerator Programme

Magda Kordon is co-founder of intoDNA, a Polish start-up on a mission to enhance understanding and quality of DNA damage diagnostics and to improve any therapies where DNA integrity matters. Magda was able to take part in the WAPG Accelerator by travelling to the UK weekly. Watch her journey on the WAPG Business Accelerator Programme.


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