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Edinburgh Incubator Scheme to help run cancer research projects Labmate Online

After announcing the renewal of its partnership with flagship incubator Venture Builder at the University of Edinburgh, Cancer Research Horizons, the innovation engine of Cancer Research UK, will sponsor ten places for cancer-related research projects at across the UK on a 16 week programme. support PhD students and early career researchers in developing their business ideas, building skills and securing funding.

Following the launch of the collaboration in 2021, eight companies operating in the field of cancer have been selected as start-ups for the Venture Builder incubator and this year’s program also aims to accelerate the commercialization of ideas aimed at beating the disease. in some of its many forms. Previous cohorts have enjoyed considerable success, attracting £1.8m in funding over the past 12 months.

Laura Bernal, Venture Builder Incubator Program Manager, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Cancer Research Horizons again this year. Our Incubator program is designed to help young entrepreneurs from all industries develop their skills and scale their business. and by continuing to build our relationship with the brilliant team at Cancer Research Horizons, we can ensure that we support the commercialization of lifesaving research in 10 cancer-related projects this year. »

The Venture Builder Incubator is managed by the Bayes Centre, the University of Edinburgh’s leading global innovation center for data science and artificial intelligence, on behalf of the five data-driven innovation centers of the university; and Edinburgh Innovations, the University’s marketing arm.

Dr. Alessia Errico, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, also Head of Entrepreneurial Programs at Cancer Research Horizon, said: “We want to inspire the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in cancer research and inspiring cultural change within the industry, so working alongside the University of Edinburgh and its data-driven innovation program, provides us with the ideal platform to achieve this. Supporting entrepreneurs on the journey from ideation to business creation is one of the most important things we can do, so we’re excited for what the next year has in store for us.”

Incubator start-ups are chosen after an application process open to PhD students, early career researchers and academic staff from the University of Edinburgh or Heriot-Watt University, as well as researchers early-career focused on cancer-related projects everywhere. Great Britain.

Each start-up receives £2,000 plus business support through a series of workshops, networking events, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and access to the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem of Edinburgh and its data expertise.

Applications are now open for the Venture Builder Incubator 3.0. The early bird deadline for entries is Friday, July 22, and those who enter before that date are guaranteed to receive feedback on their entry and the opportunity to resubmit their proposal and an invitation to a Bayes Center community event. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 9.

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