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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’ll guide you on your commercial path and help you discover fast-track routes to funding for commercialisation, scale-up and impact.

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.

Accelerator inside 1What will I do?

The 2019 programme is split into five stages:

Taster workshops on commercialisation – took place in June

These workshops provided an introduction to key concepts for early and mid-stage businesses and prepared teams and individuals for later stages.

Stage one – Market discovery pre-accelerator – 2-4 September

Pre-accelerator participants, September 2019

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 on the pre-accelerator programme here.

Stage two – Pitch day

The pitch day on 1 October provided an opportunity to present a case to an expert panel for selection onto the full Accelerator programme. Meet the eight successful SMEs here.

Accelerator inside 2

Stage three – Accelerator programme

From 7 October the Accelerator programme business mentors are continuing to work with the most promising teams. This eight-week programme comprises one day a week going through a series of increasingly demanding and informative developments, to produce a fully viable business venture.

Stage four – Final pitch and awards

All the participants in the Accelerator programme will be invited to hear the final teams present to an impressive panel of investment and industry heavyweights. The most promising ventures will have the opportunity to access fast-track routes of pre-seed/seed capital.

Additional information

The Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme is run in collaboration with BioCity and partners from the NHS, industry and research in Berkshire and Oxfordshire who will provide mentors and coaches to help ensure your idea is sustainable.

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

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