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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

Synthetic Biology is a growing industry with excellent opportunities for entrepreneurship. The University of Cambridge, being at the centre of Europe's most dynamic high-technology cluster, is a great place to take forward ideas.

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A range of courses, programmes and facilities is available for actual and would-be entrepreneurs:

Latest events and opportunities

Opportunity for academics and postdocs to undertake short (up to 6 month) secondments with industry partners. Funds a basic salary and £100 research expenses.

Incubateur Descartes and partners are organising “the Aggregator 2020”, an International Start-Up vs Covid-19 Matchmaking Competition between Europe, Africa and India

1:1 support and training available for innovators and SMEs looking to develop the next wave of technologies that could be deployed in 2030-50 to make a substantive impact in meeting the UK and global Net Zero ambitions. Applications encouraged in areas including synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology.

Competition to win up to £80,000 funding for early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce plastics’ harm to the environment, increase productivity and grow the UK economy.

Young people (18-30) can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality. The Award includes a £5,000 grant, tailored business support and a living allowance.

Applications open for an 8 month training programe to develop scalable engineering solutions to local challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Prize money of £25,000 for one winner, and £10,000 for three runners-up.

Round 2, Phase 1. Up to £60,000 available for projects that have the potential to transform lives in developing countries. Phase 1 provides funding for discovery: enabling businesses to gain insights into local market feasibility for the innovation prior to prototyping.

£25,000-£2M for game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused. 6-36 month projects which can be be applied to any part of the economy, including science and engineering.

80% of full economic costs provided for projects lasting up to 18 months. No specific budget, but projects must demonstrate impact within the project lifetime. Apply any time.

This weekend will be an opportunity create, test and validate your Innovation in Food Security venture idea or application with industry experts. You can get inspiration from your peers and mentors, learn the basics of building a business and how to collaborate with others in a team environment.

Development i-Teams investigates ways in which real Cambridge innovations could be used in the developing world to improve people’s lives in a sustainable way.

By joining a Development i-Team, you will work for 5 weeks with students from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the realities of taking of a real Cambridge invention into the developing world, gaining hands-on skills and experience. Past Development i-Teams projects include WaterScope, Open Diagnostics and Solaware.

Innovate UK has launched a £400k funding competition to help identify and encourage more female entrepreneurs and has urged Cambridge and East of England women to get involved. The vision is to get more women involved in shaping the future face of innovation to the broader benefit of the economy.

Entries are now open for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, supporting and celebrating inspirational young people from all over the world who have initiatives, products or services that tackle the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Do you have an idea for a biotech or healthcare venture that you’d like to develop? Would you like to work on that idea with a group of like-minded peers? Are you interested in joining a startup team? The next Venture Creation Weekend (VCW) offers an exciting opportunity to translate your idea, application or innovation into a real venture with the support of mentors from AstraZeneca and industry experts from the Cambridge ecosystem.

Are you a scientist or engineer with little or no media experience? Are you working in a field which can provoke media controversy? Are you interested in how the media works – and how to help journalists report your subject better? Come to our next Introduction to the News Media event. It’s a hugely informative, entertaining and popular afternoon. And it’s FREE.

The Borysiewicz Fellowships will take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. The programme will provide a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which will develop their skills as leaders and lead to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.

RebelBio, the world’s first early-stage life-sciences accelerator, is seeking applications from ambitious scientists and entrepreneurs for its 2018 programmes. Science graduates, PhDs, postdocs and academics who feel a strong urge to commercialise their research or who need to advance their existing companies are particularly welcome.

DSV will select 100 curious, forward thinking and ambitious scientists and engineers to join our garage-style event where you can find your way into the world of science-entrepreneurship in three themes: Accelerating biotech, harnessing the immune system and enhancing humans.

The BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company. The course is delivered in partnership with SynbiCITE and draws upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors. During the course, participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists.

The Deep Science Venture are inviting applicants for funding from Jan 2018. Final year STEM students (Masters, PhD), early to mid career researchers that may already be looking for funding, co-founders or researchers with ideas for launching new companies are welcome to apply for funding

SynbiCITE have published the first survey of the UK synthetic biology start-up ecosystem, highlighting the changing sources of innovation and entrepreneurship at work in the sector from a macro-level perspective.

Cambridge-based start-up Colorifix entered the Bio-start competition for companies using engineering biology to solve significant global problems and won the “Breaking New Ground” Award for its technology manufacturing vibrant and long lasting fabric dyes entirely using biological processes to help the textile industry dramatically and cost-effectively reduce its environmental impact.

The world's first venture-focused challenge prize The Frontier has been launched by Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit supporting science driven innovation and Deep Science Ventures. Six challenges are proposed and several have scope for synthetic biology-based solutions.

O'Reilly Bio and BioCoder are actively seeking original content submissions for their O'Reilly Bio Ideas webpage.

Make A Difference is an idea challenge hosted by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and the Institute of Production Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. It aims towards making a social and ecological impact based on the open source principles.

Are you a postdoc looking to start a company? Perhaps you’ve got an idea, but you need help getting it down on paper or presenting to investors.

The Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC) has announced the Ninth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) at the University of Pittsburgh, set to bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.

Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend from 23 to 25 June 2017 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It's a chance to test your biotech or healthcare business idea, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!

Border Labs have opened a 2017 award competition for inspiring explorers who go beyond the expected.

Dr James Ajioka and Dr Orr Yarkoni are offering a Development i-Teams project for Easter Term 2017, exploring the potential of their new way of dyeing fabric using engineered microorganisms in India.