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The BioCity Business Accelerator Programme

Doors will open for those brave enough to knock

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 approach and evidence-based entrepreneurialism.


Not just for start-ups and spin-offs, 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, entrepreneurially.


No fees, no shares, no equity and no board seats; we ask for nothing but commitment. 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

  • £50k convertible loan to the most promising ventures
  • Direct route to raising investment
  • Coaching in the most innovative tools to help you grow
  • Connecting you to an extensive network
  • Up to £50k of support for 12 months
  • Virtual or physical lab or office space for up to 12 months

What to expect from the BioCity Business Accelerator Programme


The BioCity Business Accelerator Programme is an intensive eight-week programme specifically designed to help scientific entrepreneurs launch and grow 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 BioCity Expert Network, to offer advice and guidance.


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 BioCity co-investment platform.

Upcoming Programmes

july 2020

mon20jul(jul 20)9:30 amwed22(jul 22)12:00 pmOxford AHSN Commercialisation Workshop delivered by BioCity9:30 am - 12:00 pm (22) Virtual Event Organized By: Oxford AHSN & BioCity Event Type :BioCity Accelerator,Workshop

september 2020

tue01sep9:30 amthu03(sep 3)5:00 pmEast Midlands AHSN Accelerator Programme, delivered by BioCity9:30 am - 5:00 pm (3) MediCity Nottingham, D6 Building, Thane Road, Nottingham NG90 6BH Event Organized By: BioCity Group Event Type :BioCity Accelerator,EMAHSN Accelerator

tue08sep(sep 8)9:30 amthu10(sep 10)5:00 pmOxford AHSN Accelerator Programme, delivered by BioCity9:30 am - 5:00 pm (10) Henley Business School, Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus, Henley, RG9 3AU Event Organized By: Oxford AHSN & BioCity Event Type :BioCity Accelerator

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Our Partners

How to apply

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.


Coaches work closely with every pioneer on the programme, so only the most promising ventures will gain a place.

The Journey

Meet Magda 

Graduate of the 2018 BioCity Business Accelerator Programme

Magda Kordon is co-founder of intoDNA, a start-up on a mission to enhance understanding and quality of DNA damage diagnostics and to improve any therapies where DNA integrity matters.  Watch her journey on the BioCity Business Accelerator Programme.


Find out more by hearing from more programme graduate pioneers.

Read the Testimonials