over 4 weeks
with interactive exercises
delivered live and online
by seasoned founders & investors
supported by a community platform
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The BSF Skills
I. Commercial Readiness
How do I evaluate the commercial potential and readiness of a research project
II. Market - Product fit
Science to product journey
Value vs. functional proposition
Understanding your target customer and market opportunity
How do I build an investable proposition and galvanise all key stakeholders
IV. Setting up
What do I need to do operationally to spin out and get set up
What mistakes can I avoid as a first time founder
V. Building a core team
What hat do I enjoy wearing
How do I set up a healthy co-founder relationship
How do I hire, build and manage a core team
VI. Investor Mindset
Who are the right investors for me and when should I bring them onboard
How do I talk to investors
How do I negotiate terms
The outcome for you
You are going to have clarity on all the different activities that are needed to start a business and prepare for raising funds.
You are going to connect with peers and experts with whom to continue the journey and have access to tools to put the skills into practice.
You are going to have more clarity on where you may best fit within a company and what may be the missing pieces to get started.
Who is this course for?
This course is for science and engineering postdoc researchers who are:
interested in entrepreneurship
are thinking about commercialising research
are at the start of their commercialisation journey
What are the dates for the upcoming class?
Our next BSF will be held from 25 June - 30 July 2021. This is an application based programme, please submit your application before the deadline: 11:59pm GMT 4 June 2021, the earlier you apply the better! You will be notified of your application outcome no later than 12 June 2021.
16 April 14:00 - 16:00 (optional)
30 April 1400 - 16:00
How much time am I expected to commit for this course?
What is your criteria for selecting participants?
If you are a Postdoc from a science and engineering department from one of our partner universities or a European research institution and are actively interested in exploring what it takes to be a science entrepreneur then all you need to do is tell us why you are interested in joining this class and what you are hoping to gain from it.
How will the course be delivered?
Is there a cost associated with joining BSF?
There's a £100 fee to join the BSF class which in many cases can be reimbursed by your department or grant body, you will also have the opportunity to self-fund. The cost covers over 25 hours of training and coaching dedicated per researcher, including a number of 1:1 sessions and access to our growing founders platform for course material and networking with peers and experts.
Why are you doing this?
We believe that science is the solution to all the core challenges we face today and will drive fundamental improvements to human + planetary health for the rest of this century. Scientists will be at the forefront of this change.
What happens once I graduate?
SCIENCE FOUNDERS COMMUNITY
Shared resources for aspiring science entrepreneurs
A live guide filled with essential resources and template documents to help you on your journey of discovery.
Access to a private community of aspiring science entrepreneurs to bounce ideas, access shared resources and build your network.