Could you commercialise your research?

Do you want to learn how to build a start-up?

Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

If you're coming from a bio background, odds are that you're not an expert at how to build a company. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be familiar with the basics. On Catalyse you'll get a chance to learn from the best

Connect across the UK

We've partnered with eight student clubs from six universities. In January and February you'll get a chance to meet other driven individuals both from your own uni and from others

Phase I:  Recruitment

Contact one of the participating student clubs from your university. Depending on your uni, they may be organising team formation sessions or some introductory talks for you to familiarise yourself with the programme

If you're not sure who they are, you can always send us an email and we'll help put you in touch

Applications for 2021 are now closed

Phase II:  Development

Phase II takes place over 5 weeks starting the 21st January and running until the 18th February. Each week you'll get access to:

Core sessions

Validate your idea

Tony Kulesa, PhD

Partner & Co-Founder

21st January: 18:00 GMT

  • Identify your customers
  • Revenue model
  • Market sizing

Structuring for Success

Nicola McConville


28th January: 18:00 GMT

  • Finding co-founders
  • Equity splitting
  • Legal: incorporation, IP

Product development

Stephen Chambers, PhD

Managing Director

4th February: 18:00 GMT

  • Agile start-up model
  • Inflection points and killer experiments
  • Go-to-market plan

Raising money

Hitesh Thakrar

Partner & Investor

11th February: 18:00 GMT

  • Why raise money?
  • Types of capital available
  • How much to raise and when

How to pitch

Isabel Fox

Managing Partner

18th February: 18:00 GMT

  • Telling a story
  • Building your deck
  • Pitching via video call

Demo Day

More details posted


  • Apply to pitch your company to our panel of judges from VCs across the UK, US and Europe

Phase III:  Build

If you're ready to take the next steps on your journey to turn your idea into a real company, we're here to help

Whilst we can't offer lab space, we can connect you with our network of investors, accelerators and incubators in the UK and abroad

Applications for 2021 are now closed

Good news: Some talks were recoded. Check them out on YouTube