Imagine IF 2016

From 2016-06-03 00:00:00 to 2016-07-01 00:00:00

United Kingdom / Cambridge

The IMAGINE IF! is a global competition and accelerator program for deep technology (this is, technology based on genuine, novel scientific idea which has a significant impact on improving human or animal wellbeing). The accelerator provides to early stage science-based ventures extensive opportunities: mentorship, the potential to secure non-dilutive capital, free laboratory space, free advice from leading professional services companies and extensive networking across the Innovation Forum platform. Participation in the IMAGINE IF! Accelerator is free, and the accelerator do not take any equity stake in the company. Furthermore, Image IF! will introduce selected teams to venture capital firms, multinational companies and other key stakeholders to enable the rapid acceleration of their business. The competition consist of 5 phases:1. Local finals: Applications might be submitted through one of the 16 Innovation Forum branches or via an independent stream. Local deadlines will close between June-July depending on the local branch, but not later than July, 1st, 2016. Local judges will award first stage prizes.2. The top 50: The winner and the runner up from each of the local level competitions are entered into the TOP 50 global pool. Deadline: July, 1st, 2016.3. The top 10: To progress to the next stage the TOP 50 teams will have to submit a 3 minute recorded video pitch, based on which judges will select the TOP 10. These teams will be invited to pitch on the second day of the Innovation Forum 2016 – Leaders Conference on September, 22nd.4. The final pitch: A judging panel of industry champions will award £30,000+ to the winning pitch. This is non-dilutive and the package also provides multiple benefits to aid rapid development of the company.5. The accelerator: The TOP 10 teams pitching at the Innovation Forum 2016 – Leaders Conference will enter the IMAGINE IF! Accelerator. The acceleration process starts just after the Cambridge conference and will end on the 20th of December 2016. The TOP 10 teams will be invited to attend the Innovation Forum Investors Conference in January 2017 to pitch their idea. This is an invitation only 1 day conference held in London that will bring together international science and high-tech ventures looking for Series A level investment with leading investors.

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