IMAGINE IF! accelerator for science ventures

 

Overview

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive these funds from IMAGINE IF! Accelerator. Along with the mentorship and advice offered by the Innovation Forum, these funds will enable us to develop a working prototype of the NG:Safe cassette. Ultimately IMAGINE IF! helped NG:Safe get into the clinic faster and help us to realise our goal of avoiding accidental death by nasogastric tube misplacement sooner. 

 

John Cassidy, Co-founder and CEO of NG:Safe”

 

Join the global IMAGINE IF! programme for innovators, where you will receive tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum’s professional network while competing for non-dilutive funding that will allow you to take your venture to the next level.

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

IMAGINE IF! is a leading global competition and pre-acceleration program for science-based ventures*. 

IMAGINE IF! provides early-stage science startups with extensive opportunities: mentorship, the potential to secure non-dilutive capital, free advice from leading professional service companies and rapid networking across the Innovation Forum’s platform.

 

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

Why apply?

The IMAGINE IF! offers:

  • Nondilutive cash prize
  • FREE 6 months of laboratory space
  • Mentoring by industry professionals from leading corporations including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and others 
  • Access to an international network
  • FREE ticket to pitch at the Global Investor Conference at the IMAGINE IF! Finals (for the Top 15 startups)

Local winners will have the guaranteed opportunity to pitch in the global final at the annual conference, where they compete to win a non-dilutive cash prize.

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About

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 which can be applied to healthcare.

Participation in the IMAGINE IF! pre-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.


Structure

Phase I
Applications are open
15 November 2020

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 (https://inno-forum.org/branches/). 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
Local Top 10 announced and “Local Mentorship" programme starts
TBC

All local 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
Local finals (“Local Mentorship" ends)
TBC

To take part in the Local Finals (Demo Days) the local 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 local winners and runners up.

At this point, only the companies in the healthcare stream will proceed to the next phase.

Phase IV
Global Mentorship programme starts
TBC

Local winners secure their spot among Global Top companies to pitch at the Global Final – Date TBC

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
Business Plan submission
TBC

After undergoing several months of training and mentoring, the selected companies will resubmit their final business plan to the IMAGINE IF! judges for consideration prior to the Global Finals.

Phase VI
The Final Pitch
TBC

A judging panel of industry champions will award a non-dilutive cash prize to the winning pitch. This is non-dilutive and the package also provides multiple benefits to aid rapid development of your company.

THE ACCELERATOR FOR DEEP TECHNOLOGY

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