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Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme

The Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme, delivered by BioCity, offers a unique launchpad for innovators with an idea they want to bring to market. If you have a great innovation that will have an impact on health quality outcomes, we can help you develop it. We will guide you on developing your business path and help you discover fast-track routes to funding for commercialisation, scale-up and impact.

Following the success of the Accelerator in 2019 and 2020 a third cohort will be selected in 2021. Details to follow.

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 programme is split into five stages:

Stage one – Commercialisation workshop

These workshops provide an introduction to key business concepts such as reviewing your potential customer landscape, starting to develop a sound business model and learning how to communicate your offering effectively. This can help you develop a better narrative and plan for future funding applications, or for pitching to investors.

Stage two – Market discovery pre-accelerator

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 and refining their business model before returning to pitch for one of the limited number of places on the programme. More information can be found here.

Stage three – Pitch for your place on the Accelerator programme

The pitch day (by invitation only) is an opportunity to showcase 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, below).  

Stage four – Accelerator programme

The Accelerator programme business mentors continue 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 five – Final pitch and awards

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

Pre-accelerator participants, September 2019

Additional information

The Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme, delivered by BioCity, has 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.