IMAGINE IF! accelerator for life sciences and healthtech ventures



The IMAGINE IF! pre-accelerator competition is back for 2024! If you’re a founder working on a healthcare technology start-up based in Manchester, Oxford, or London – keep reading! Follow in the footsteps as our alumni, who have gone on to raise over $260 M in private funding… APPLY TODAY!

IMAGINE IF! will run from February – May 2024, providing start-ups with 1:1 mentorship and specially curated workshops.

Each start-up is matched with at least 1 expert mentor who will provide1:1 support and advice over the course of the programme.

Start-ups will be introduced to the key business concepts they need to grow their business through a series of workshops provided by our partners.

Pitching finals
Start-ups will battle it out for exclusive prizes at our IMAGINE IF! finals.

Why apply?

Bespoke guidance

Instead of generic advice, we’ll connect you with local partners and investors who can provide guidance that is relevant to your venture right now.


Meet like-minded founders throughout the programme and become part of the IMAGINE IF! alumni, connecting with successful CEOs who have gone through the same journey as you.

Global network

Become part of the Innovation Forum family, a global network of over 10,000 key players within the healthcare technology innovation scene. Exclusive access to content and events coming soon!

We’re FREE

There is no cost (fee or equity) for joining the programme.


Applications for IMAGINE IF! 2024 close February 2024. Limited spaces available – apply today!


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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 and IMAGINE IF! 2021 alumnus


“As a first-time founder and CEO, my involvement with IMAGINE IF! has been instrumental in gaining the knowledge and experience I needed to help get my venture up and running. Through expert mentorship, an extensive network, constructive feedback, and the opportunity to pitch on the international stage, this competition has contributed immensely to my entrepreneurial journey”


   Dr Isaac Johnson
   CEO, Verinnogen and IMAGINE IF! 2021 alumnus


As healthcare science start-ups stem from a broad spectrum of scientific and technological fields, they are not always easily categorized.
Therefore, we encourage applications from all projects that have a significant impact on improving human health and well-being or that have a clear healthcare application.

Note that our Lausanne branch is also running a parallel Cleantech programme.

Any questions? 
Get in touch at [email protected] 




Phase I
Application deadline: February 2024

Applications to join the IMAGINE IF! 2024 program are open.

You will need to select your closest Innovation Forum branch during the online application (Manchester, Oxford, or London).

Application forms can be found here.

Phase II
Core Programme & local finals
February - April 2024

Core Programme consists of one-to-one mentorship and expert-led interactive workshops. You will be working alongside other elite start-up founder peers, supported by your local Innovation Forum branch.

The programme is designed to help founders build a strong proposition to attract potential partners, early employees and investors.

Phase III
June 2024

IMAGINE IF! finals in which start-ups pitch in front of mentors and investors to win exclusive prizes.



Apply now!




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