Entrepreneurial programme

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Sign up for the Innovation Summit 2019

Our Manchester Innovation Summit brings cancer researchers together with successful life science entrepreneurs, showcasing how to accelerate the progress of ideas to products that benefit patients.

Register for the Innovation Summit

We have launched a programme to develop and nurture an entrepreneurial culture amongst cancer researchers in the UK.

Our ambition is for 3 out 4 patients diagnosed with cancer to survive the disease by 2034. To achieve this, we are supporting researchers to accelerate the translation of their ideas and discoveries into products that will improve the lives of cancer patients.

Our entrepreneurial programme will show you how to build a business, connect you to a network of like-minded people and help you find the right advice and support, when you need it.

Everyone can be an entrepreneur

Our programme is primarily for PhD students, postdocs and junior group leaders, but we encourage everyone, regardless of your career stage, to get involved. We will provide you with the skills, infrastructure and support you need to develop your idea. 

If you share our passion and ambition to translate discoveries into the clinic and improve the lives of patients with cancer, please get involved. 

Innovation Summit 2019: a one-stop guide to becoming an entrepreneur

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We are holding an Innovation Summit in Manchester, 7 October 2019.

Join us to learn about translating your research and ideas, and how we can support your entrepreneurial activities. Network with local entrepreneurs, visit our marketplace and sign up for 1-on-1 advice clinics with Cancer Research UK, our business accelerator partners and other specialists.

Business Accelerators

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We’ve partnered with two business accelerators, Panacea Stars and Deep Science Ventures, to provide you with training and skills to translate your ideas and discoveries. Each accelerator programme will last 12 months. Successful applicants will be mentored by experts across the oncology sector.

Panacea Stars oncology initiative: OncoStars

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To apply to OncoStars you simply need a business idea, no matter how nascent, that could change the lives of cancer patients. If you’re successful you’ll receive training to hone your business idea and entrepreneurial skills, plus an opportunity to compete for a £100,000 non-dilutive prize to further develop your concept.

Deep Science Ventures

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At Deep Science Ventures you can join teams of like-minded individuals to develop business solutions to the key challenges in oncology. You don’t need a business idea for this initiative; the focus will be around existing challenges. You can apply for various roles within teams, with a range of options to suit your ambitions.