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IMAGINE IF! - accelerator for science ventures

Accelerator FAQ

 

I. GENERAL

  1. DO I HAVE TO SHARE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT MY IDEA?
  2. “WHAT ARE SCIENCE VENTURES?”

II. APPLYING

  1. AM I  ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
  2. WHAT IF I AM A STUDENT?
  3. WHAT IF I AM EMPLOYED?
  4. WHAT IF I AM NOT A SCIENTIST?
  5. CAN I APPLY AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
  6. WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A TEAM YET BUT WANT TO APPLY?
  7. WHERE DO I APPLY?
  8. CAN I EDIT MY APPLICATION ONCE SUBMITTED?
  9. CAN I APPLY FOR A LOCAL EVEN  FROM A CITY WITHOUT A BRANCH?
  10. WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

III. THE PROGRAMME (LOCAL)

  1. HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE LOCAL WINNERS?
  2. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU SELECT?
  3. HOW DO I DEVELOP MY IDEA?

IV. THE PROGRAMME (GLOBAL)

  1. WHERE AND WHEN DO THE GLOBAL FINALS TAKE PLACE?
  2. HOW DO I GET THERE?
  3. WHO WILL I PITCH TO AT THE GLOBAL FINAL?

 


 

GENERAL

 

Q: DO I HAVE TO SHARE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ABOUT MY IDEA?

No. At no stage during our programme will you be required to divulge information regarding your IP. We may ask for proof of your Intellectual Property status; this does not relate to the content of your idea.

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Q: “WHAT ARE SCIENCE VENTURES?”

We define “science-ventures” as any businesses that are based on a scientific discovery or use scientific data to create products or services that aim to improve the human or animal experience (e.g. health, wellbeing).

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APPLYING

 

Q: AM I  ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Probably! Teams should apply together through our registration process. An eligible IMAGINE IF! Team is composed of between two and seven members that have together raised less than $300,000 GBP (or the equivalent in local currency) within the last 18 months to fund the progress of the idea that is submitted to the IMAGINE IF! Accelerator.

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Q: WHAT IF I AM A STUDENT?

You are eligible! We don’t set a lower limit on age or tertiary qualifications. Importantly you must be able to speak in technical terms about your scientific idea.

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Q: WHAT IF I AM EMPLOYED?

You are eligible! We don’t set an upper limit on years of employment either.  A strong team will include those with commercial experience.

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Q: WHAT IF I AM NOT A SCIENTIST?

You are eligible! A business/finance/legal/other background will compliment scientific expertise

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Q: CAN I APPLY AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

No, we ask you to submit as a minimum team of two people.

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Q: WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A TEAM YET BUT WANT TO APPLY?

Networking events will be available across our local branches. We will actively connect keen individuals that enquire directly to the branch closest to you www.inno-forum.org/branches/

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Q: WHERE DO I APPLY?

All applications (local branch and independent stream) are processed through your registration page:

http://accelerator.inno-forum.org/

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Q: CAN I EDIT MY APPLICATION ONCE SUBMITTED?

Yes. You will be able to edit the content of your application until the local /independent stream deadline, after which we will assess your team’s eligibility. 

For example, You are able to submit an application with two people, and then expand your team, refine your idea and resubmit the final version before the deadline

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Q: CAN I APPLY FOR A LOCAL EVEN  FROM A CITY WITHOUT A BRANCH?

Yes but you will have to be available to travel to pitch at the local branch of choice if your idea is selected.

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Q: WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The application deadline is 28th of July

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THE PROGRAMME (LOCAL)

 

Q: HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE LOCAL WINNERS?

A qualified panel of experts will be selected to receive all applications and judge the local final pitches on the day. These experts will be drawn from the local community of venture capital firms, tech transfer officers, entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders.

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Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU SELECT?

The winners of the local competitions qualify to the global finals automatically. 3 runner-ups from each branch, as well as external applicants, compete for the remaining spots in the global Top 20.

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Q: HOW DO I DEVELOP MY IDEA?

We have a pool of mentors ready to provide expert advice on all aspects required for the development of your company/idea on progression through the initial round.

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THE PROGRAMME (GLOBAL)

 

Q: WHERE AND WHEN DO THE GLOBAL FINALS TAKE PLACE?

The global finals will take place on the 5 December in Oxford, on the final day of the Innovation Forum 2017 Annual Conference

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Q: HOW DO I GET THERE?

Have a look at our conference website for transit and venue information: www.inno-forum.org/if2017

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Q: WHO WILL I PITCH TO AT THE GLOBAL FINAL?

We have sourced across our network international business leaders (CEOs of international blue chip companies and leading venture capitalists) to judge your finals pitch.

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