As part of the Entrepreneurial Programmes Initiative, the Start Codon training scheme aims to educate a multi-disciplinary oncology research community about entrepreneurship, company formation, operations and fundraising, with the goal of supporting the development of viable start-up businesses that will address unmet medical needs. The scheme is open nationwide and based in Cambridge, UK, cluster.
The training scheme
The scheme is designed primarily to help PhD students, postdocs, and junior group leaders; however, all researchers interested in fighting cancer are encouraged to get involved, regardless of their career stage or discipline.
As part of the scheme, researchers will be:
- invited to attend educational workshops on a wide range of topics such as entrepreneurship, company formation, operations, team building, market research, and fundraising
- exposed to monthly networking events to connect them with rising star mentors and serial entrepreneurs
- given the opportunity to interact with scientists from vastly different disciplines to co-develop ground-breaking new cancer therapeutic diagnostic and preventative solutions
- regularly informed about the funding available to support their work, including both grants and other non-dilutive funding as well as angel investment and venture capital