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[23rd - 25th Jun 2017] Biotech & Healthcare Venture Creation Weekend

last modified Apr 21, 2017 07:00 PM
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!

The Entrepreneurship Centre is working in partnership with AstraZeneca and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) at the University of Cambridge to offer aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators the chance to explore opportunities, ideas and applications in a range of technologies such as novel biological targets, therapeutics and research technologies, digital health (including artificial intelligence, connected data sets), diagnostics or any transformative healthcare solution.

This weekend is for students, postdocs, scientists and researchers working on emerging technologies and innovations in Biotech or Healthcare who are interested in learning how to translate their ideas into ventures as part of a startup team. 

Why attend the Biotech & Healthcare VCW?

It's a chance to create, test and validate your biotech or healthcare 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. Some of you can go 'founder-dating', i.e. use the weekend to match up with one or more co-founders for your business. All participants will work together in teams on customer development, business models, pitching practice and building product prototypes (where appropriate). The most popular ideas are pitched to a panel of judges formed of industry leaders and investors who can provide expert feedback and analysis. At the end of the VCW, you will have developed your entrepreneurial skills, kick-started your venture, enjoyed the buzz of exploring and creating ideas; and potentially be ready to launch your business together with a talented team.

In addition, one or more of the participating teams will be invited for an interview to join the Accelerate Cambridge incubator programme delivered by the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre. Please note that successful application is dependent on whether the team meets the selection criteria.

When is it?

The Biotech & Healthcare VCW starts promptly at 17:30 on Friday 23 June and ends at 19:00 on Sunday 25 June.

The exact dates and times are:

  • Fri 23 June 2017, 17:30-23:00
  • Sat 24 June 2017, 08:30-23:00
  • Sun 25 June 2017, 08:30-19:00 (dinner* from 19:00 - close)
  • * Please note there is a special closing dinner following the final pitches to celebrate the achievements of the weekend.

The venue is Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG.

How to apply

Applications are open now until Thursday 22 June 2017.

  • Standard ticket £60
  • Student tickets £40
  • Early bird discount 15% discount is available on advanced bookings until 8 May 2017
  • 10 free tickets for women AstraZeneca is sponsoring places for female entrepreneurs

This fee includes all sessions, dinner and refreshments that are provided as part of the VCW. Please advise in your application if you are staying for the closing dinner. Overnight accommodation is not included.

Terms and conditions apply. Please email the Judge business school at to find out more.

If you have any questions, please email the Judge Business School at

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