IMAGINE IF! accelerator for life sciences and healthtech ventures



Core Program: 3 months

  • 1-2 hours/week of live virtual events and workshops, led by industry leaders
  • Weekly activities on every key aspect of building a deep tech healthcare startup
  • 1:1 mentorship
  • Local pitching finals

Executive Program: 3 months

  • Executive coaching
  • 1:1 sessions to address any specific topics or challenges
  • Scaled up mentoring program
  • Global Demo Day and spotlight in the annual conference

Community: build strong relationships with other founders, cohort members and alumni
Resources: access to proven guides, documents and templates to take your company to the next level
Access to the Innovation Forum network
: free/discounted professional services by vetted service providers

Cost: FREE (no fees and no equity)



IMAGINE IF! is an accelerator program for life sciences and healthtech ventures.

It is one of the most selective programmes in the world with an acceptance rate of < 10% for the global phase. Successful applicants will enjoy a host of benefits for free as well as becoming part of the thriving and exclusive Innovation Forum community of entrepreneurs around the world. 

IMAGINE IF! provides early-stage science start-ups with extensive opportunities to take your venture to the next level: tailored mentorship, expert-led sprints and feedback sessions, free advice from leading professional service companies and networking across the Innovation Forum’s platform. At the end of the program, we host a Demo Day when the global finalists will present to a specially selected audience with the chance to pitch in front of top investors and industry leaders to secure non-dilutive capital, free lab space and other benefits.

Join the global IMAGINE IF! programme for scientific and technology innovators that aim to transform the future of healthcare.


Participation is FREE, don’t miss this opportunity and apply now!


*Start-ups based on a genuine, novel scientific and/or technological idea that has a significant impact on improving human or animal well-being (e.g. new medicines, medical devices, digital health etc)


Why apply?


The Innovation Forum has a proven track record of supporting early-stage scientific entrepreneurs to realise their vision. We connect you with a community of like-minded scientists and entrepreneurs as well as experienced and supportive industry professionals who can really make an impact in the progression of your idea to commercial reality.

The IMAGINE IF! offers:

  • Non-dilutive cash prizes
  • A structured program to sharpen your skills and learn what’s needed to turn scientific innovation into a company
  • Pitching opportunities to top investors from leading investors and venture funds
  • Tailored mentoring and advice from our curated experts, including serial entrepreneurs and professionals from leading corporations 
  • Access to an international network of scientists and entrepreneurs 
  • Free professional services

Watch our video below to hear the value that IMAGINE IF! brought to previous participants:



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“A great accelerator for aspiring startup founders to meet other aspiring founders and profit from a wide array of workshops and coaching to bring your startup to the next level!”

Luca Perin, CFO FraterSwiss

As healthcare 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 with ideas that can be applied to healthcare.

Participation in the IMAGINE IF! program is free, and we do not take any equity stake in your company. Furthermore, our structured program will support founders to take their project to the next level by participating in weekly activities and workshops, regular 1:1 executive sessions and tailored introductions to venture capital firms, multinational companies and other key stakeholders.

Any questions about the IMAGINE IF! process? 

Get in touch at [email protected] 



Phase I
Application deadline: 16th Feb 2022

Applications to join the IMAGINE IF! 2022 program are open and candidates should apply online before the 16th Feb 2022.

You will need to select your closest Innovation Forum branch during the online application (i.e. Cambridge, Oxford, London, Manchester, Barcelona, Lausanne, Hong Kong, or our global pool).

Application process

  • Stage 1: written application, including a 90-second short video submission 
  • Stage 2: A selection of startups will be invited for an interview 
  • Final admission into the program
Phase II
Core Programme
March - June 2022

The top teams per branch will be selected to participate in a 12-week virtual Core Programme that consists of one-to-one mentorship, expert speakers-led interactive workshops and free professional services. You will be working alongside other elite start-up founder peers around the globe virtually supported by the Innovation Forum teams. 

The highly structured programme is designed as a series of weekly sprints, each of them with a different topic or theme to give founders the tools, advice and hands-on experience they need.

Some of the sprints include:

  • Market access
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law & finance
  • Product development
  • Marketing & branding
  • Building a team
  • Storytelling & pitching investors
  • … and many more!

Sprints are also associated with milestones to help founders build a strong proposition to attract potential partners, early employees and investors.

The Core Programme ends with the local finals held in June by each individual branch, in which startups will pitch in front of a jury of serial entrepreneurs and investors for a spot in the next phase of the programme.

Phase III
Executive Programme & global finals
July – Oct 2022

Winners of the local branches will compete in the second phase of the accelerator programme.

The finalists will have the opportunity to benefit from mentoring & coaching, one-to-one clinics sessions and an executive curriculum through our partnerships with leading academic and industry experts.

The Executive Programme culminates with a Demo Day when the finalists will present their startups and progress in front of a panel of investors and partners within our global network. The winner of the competition will take away a non-dilutive cash prize amongst other benefits.

If you’re curious, have a look at the Invest in Innovation conference, which also hosted the 2021 IMAGINE IF! global finals.



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