Core Program: 3 months
Executive Program: 3 months
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.
*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)
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:
Watch our video below to hear the value that IMAGINE IF! brought to previous participants:
Head of Business Planning and Operations and Chief of Staff, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, AstraZeneca - Cambridge
“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?
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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).
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:
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.
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.