IMAGINE IF! - accelerator for science ventures



Join the global IMAGINE IF! network of Innovators across 16 branches world wide, competing for the non-dilutive funding.

The participation is free, don’t miss this opportunity and apply now !

The global pool application deadline is midnight (BST) 16th of November 2018*

The IMAGINE IF! is the first truly global competition and accelerator program for science-based ventures**.

The accelerator provides to early stage science startups extensive opportunities: mentorship, the potential to secure non-dilutive capital, free advice from leading professional services companies and rapid networking across the Innovation Forum platform.

* if you are applying to the Euskadi competition, please note that deadlines may differ. Visit the Euskadi site for me information

** startups based on genuine, novel scientific idea which has a significant impact on improving human or animal wellbeing (e.g. new medicines, medical devices, new materials or engineering solutions helping to preserve the natural environment in a balanced state)

Why apply?

Thanks to the historical success of the IMAGINE IF! accelerator program, the prizes and awards for the will be:

  • Nondilutive cash prize ($10k in cash)
  • FREE lab space for 6 months 
  • FREE crowdfunding campaign
  • Mentoring by industry professionals from leading corporations including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and others 
  • Access to an international network
  • FREE ticket to participate in Innovation Forum Leaders Conference (for the Top 20 startups)


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As science start-ups stem from a broad spectrum of scientific fields, they are not always easily categorized. Therefore, we encourage applications from all R&D fields for ideas which can be applied to healthcare or environmental conservation and sustainability.

Participation in the IMAGINE IF! Accelerator is free, and we do not take any equity stake in your company. Furthermore we will introduce selected teams to venture capital firms, multinational companies and other key stakeholders to enable the rapid acceleration of their business.


Phase I
Applications are open
LOCAL & GLOBAL POOL DEADLINE: Midnight (BST), 16th November 2018

All applications are made via our online submission portal. You can apply either via one of our branches (you will need to be physically present to pitch should you be selected for the local finals) or via an independent stream using the global pool option.

IMAGINE IF! local competitions provide mentorship and support, and are recommended to all teams that are based proximal to an Innovation Forum branch ( Local judges will award first stage prizes and provide feedback on the quality of your application. If your team is not based nearby an Innovation Forum branch, you can apply via our online independent stream.

Phase II
Regional TOP 10 selection and acceleration
14th December 2018

All Regional TOP 10 teams are announced and start working with mentors locally and globally. 

By the end of this phase all teams need to submit a finalised business plan and a 3 minutes video pitch. 

Phase III
Regional Finals (Demo Days)
15th February to 1st March 2019

To take part in the Regional Finals (Demo Days) the Regional TOP 10 teams will have to submit a 3 minute recorded video pitch. At this stage the teams will also have the opportunity of re-submitting their initial business plans. Based on a live pitch, the submitted video and the final business plan, our experienced judges will select the regional winners and runners up.

Phase IV
Global TOP 20 are selected
by 29th March 2019

Regional winners secure their spot among Global TOP 20 to pitch at the Global Final in the Leaders Conference in Summer 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed).

All other teams from the local Top 10 pool and applicants from the independent stream enter the “Best of The Rest” pool from which remaining spaces in the Global Top 20 are filled. 


Phase V
The Final Pitch
18th to 19th of June 2019

A judging panel of industry champions will award a non-dilutive cash prize (in 2017 it was 10,000 USD, the final value of the prize in 2019 will be announced in late 2018) to the winning pitch. This is non-dilutive and the package also provides multiple benefits to aid rapid development of your company.


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