FOR SCIENTISTS

BSF | Become a Science Founder

The practical business course for scientists looking to become entrepreneurs.

BSF

5 classes

over 4 weeks

with interactive exercises

delivered live and online

by seasoned founders & investors
supported by a community platform

 

Applications for our
Fall BSF Fellowship 2021
are now closed!

Apply for our next Fellowship in February 2022

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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

III. Storytelling

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

Skills

You are going to have clarity on all the different activities that are needed to start a business and prepare for raising funds.

Support

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.

Plan

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.

Your BSF Instructors and Guest Speakers

 

Who is this Fellowship for?


This BSF Fellowship is for science and engineering early career researchers who are:

  • interested in gaining practical business skills and entrepreneurship knowhow
  • 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 in end February 2022. This is an application based programme, please submit your application before the deadline: 11:59pm GMT 30 January 2022, the earlier you apply the better! You will be notified of your application outcome within a week of the application deadline. The programme is run in sprints of 1 week over a course of 4 weeks. Each sprint consists of a live virtual workshop-lecture held on Friday afternoons. We continue the conversation and assignments offline through our shared community channel. Upon graduation, you continue your journey alongside our growing and incredible community of Fellows!




How much time am I expected to commit for this?


The course requires a total commitment of about 15-20 hours. With every live session you will gain the clarity, confidence and plan for your entrepreneurial journey. If accepted, please note that your application is a commitment to participate fully in the 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 and are actively exploring what it takes to be a science entrepreneur then all you need to do is tell us what you are hoping to gain from the Fellowship. Please note that there are limited spots for scientists applying from non-partner universities (you can find partner universities listed on this page). We have designed the Fellowship in a manner that optimizes learning in a close-knit environment. As such, there are only 30 spots for this class, and if accepted into the Fellowship we would expect you to participate 100%. Please apply before the application deadline 11:59 pm GMT Sunday 30 January 2022, the earlier you apply the better!




How will the course be delivered?


This course emulates the process of building a venture within 4 weeks. From evaluating the commercial potential of your research to articulating your value proposition, building your team, framing an investable proposition and dealing with key stakeholders such as customers and investors. This course is delivered by our core group of BSF Instructors and Speakers - all seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and operators - through live virtual sessions with a platform to interact with your teammates online and offline. Please note this is not a self-paced course. If accepted into the program you are expected to be all in as that's the only way you'll gain the most out of the course!




Is there a cost associated with joining BSF?


If you are applying from a non-partner university, there's a £500 fee to join the BSF Fellowship which in some cases can be reimbursed by your department or grant body, you will also have the opportunity to self-fund. The cost covers over 20 hours of training and coaching dedicated per researcher, including at least 5-10 1:1 sessions and access to our growing founders platform for networking with peers and experts and access to resources and events. We do have limited scholarship options, once you have been accepted these will be shared with you. There are no fees to apply so do submit an application to be considered for the BSF Fellowship.




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 and planetary health for the rest of this century. Scientists will be at the forefront of this change. Our experience shows us that if the right pillars are placed at the earliest of stages, we are able to empower scientists to become effective business leaders. Skills is the catalyst, putting you in control of your research and therefore of your entrepreneurial potential. Read more on why we started an education company for scientists here.




What happens once I graduate?


Successful participants who complete the entire course graduate as BSF Fellows with ongoing access to all Wilbe resources and a growing community of science entrepreneurs, operators and investors.





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