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Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme

The Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme offers a unique launchpad for entrepreneurs and their ventures at every stage, from idea to market. If you have a great innovation that will have an impact on health quality outcomes, we can help you develop it. We guide you on your commercial path and help you discover fast-track routes to funding for commercialisation, scale-up and impact. See our case study on last year’s winners here.

What’s in it for me?

You’ll discover a bigger health opportunity arc and fast-track routes to funding for commercialisation, scale-up and impact.

  • You’ll work with like-minded teams developing innovative and sustainable business models with health and cross-industry mentors.
  • We’ll guide you on your commercial path to validate approaches, to de-risk product innovation, to plan go-to-market and sales readiness for your proposition.
  • You’ll be part of an Accelerator empowering future leaders for maximum positive impact on healthcare outcomes.

What will I do?

The 2020 programme is split into five stages:

Stage one – Commercialisation workshop – 23 March, 27 April, 18 May

These workshops provide an introduction to key concepts for early and mid-stage businesses and prepare teams and individuals for later stages. Sign up for your place here.

Oxford AHSN 2020 sign up URL


Stage two – Market discovery pre-accelerator – 3, 4, 5 June or 8, 9, 10 September

Exploring the commercial viability of your idea with business mentors. Applying the tools and techniques learnt during the three-day workshop, participants then spend four weeks in customer and market discovery shaping their business model before returning to pitch for one of the limited number of places on the programme. More information can be found here. Sign up to June here. Sign up to September here.

Stage three – Pitch for your place on the Accelerator programme – 13 July or 28 September

The pitch day (by invitation only) will be an opportunity for you to show off all your hard work in refining your proposition. A mix of industry mentors drawn from the Oxford AHSN and BioCity networks, and from the wider Berkshire/Oxfordshire area will judge the propositions and make recommendations for those who will go on to the full Accelerator programme (stage four).  

Stage four – Accelerator programme – 4 October to 23 November

From 4 October the Accelerator programme business mentors are continuing to work with the most promising teams. This eight-week programme comprises of one day a week going through a series of increasingly demanding and informative developments, to produce a fully viable business venture.

Stage five – Final pitch and awards – 27 November

All the participants in the Accelerator programme will be invited to hear the final teams present to a panel of industry experts for the opportunity to partner with and obtain investment from BioCity.

Pre-accelerator participants, September 2019

Additional information

The Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme is run in collaboration with BioCity and mentors and coaches from the NHS, industry and research in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

There is no charge to participants in the Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme thanks to sponsorship from the Oxford AHSN.

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