About the Summer School

For the first time, the Francis Crick Institute, The Alan Turing Institute and Entrepreneur First are coming together to host a summer school, supported by UK SPINE KE.

Hosted at the Francis Crick Institute on 22 July – 25 July 2019, the programme will combine expertise from the data science and biomedical science communities to solve real world problems, through entrepreneurship.

The summer school is open to scientists who are curious, want to solve real world challenges and have an interest in entrepreneurship. This applies to you whether you already have an idea or simply want to find out more and meet like-minded scientists and academics.

Over four days, we will work to demystify entrepreneurship as a career option and explore key techniques and approaches that are essential to translating research into real world solutions.

Apply here by 24 June


What can I expect?

  1. You’ll have a renewed perspective on what’s possible when you use your scientific skills, experience and insights to create real world solutions
  2. An understanding of entrepreneurial frameworks that Entrepreneur First uses on it’s programme.
  3. An opportunity to develop novel ideas in the field of data driven health with like-minded researchers from various disciplines

You’ll gain this through:

  • Modules on: finding your edge; co-founding vs. being a sole founder; what strong teams look like; ideation and the idea maze; identifying and framing your problem; how to think about competition; how to think about fundraising; communicating your idea; developing a roadmap for your idea; and how to protect your idea.
  • Teaming up with another participant to put your new knowledge into practice.
  • Panel discussions with peers who have transitioned from research to entrepreneurship.
  • An opportunity to pitch your progress to a panel made up of investors, entrepreneurs and scientists.

Apply here by 24 June


Get involved

Places are limited and will be awarded on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. You must be able to attend all four days (the final day extends into an evening event).  

Attending the summer school is free of charge, with bursaries available for additional costs.

If accepted onto the course, you have the opportunity to:

  • Broaden your pathways to impact
  • Apply methods that you’re working on to the burgeoning scientific field that is biomedical science
  • Expand your network and connecting with talented, like-minded scientists from a range of areas
  • Develop new skills and creative ways of thinking
  • Explore start-ups and learn of related programmes that might later help you later launch a company (such as Entrepreneur First, which supports scientists pre-concept to identify an entrepreneurial opportunity and co-founders)

You don’t need to have an idea, team or product to apply, just bring your curiosity, openness in new ways of thinking and interest in working with other entrepreneurial scientists.

This is about augmenting your potential to have impact. If you have entrepreneurial ambitions, this will provide you with workable frameworks to move forward, whether that’s finding a co-founder or understanding fundraising.

Final date for applications is 24 June 2019, but early applications are recommended.

Apply here by 24 June

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