Connecting future synthetic biology entrepreneurs and biotech investors

Posted on: 07/03/2018

Applications are now open for the BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course and registration is open for the BrisSynBio Connect pitch event.

BrisSynBio, a BBSRC / EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre, and SynbiCITE , the Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for Synthetic Biology, are joining forces to deliver the BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course, which is followed by the BrisSynBio Connect event.

This course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company by drawing upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors. During the course, participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists.

In the 2017 edition of this course four fantastic business plans were developed, one of which has already received significant funding and is now an incorporated VC backed biotech company.

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BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course

The 2018 course will run from 9th Р12th April and will take place at the Unit DX business accelerator in Bristol. Awards of up to £10,000 of prizes will be available to help the 2018 teams turn their ideas into real businesses. The closing date for applications is 28th March 2018.

Places on the course are available for only £250 with a reduced rate of £100 for PhD students.

Further details on the programme and the application form are available here.

BrisSynBio Connect, 12 April 2018, Bristol

BrisSynBio Connect finalises the 4-Day MBA programme. This free event is a fantastic opportunity to view synthetic biology entrepreneurs’ pitch their business ideas to a Dragon’s Den panel and live public audience for a share of up to £10,000 worth of prizes. You will have the opportunity to see some fantastic innovative ideas from great scientists and entrepreneurs.

There will be attendees from industry, academia and new start-up/spin-out companies, providing a fantastic opportunity to network and learn about cutting edge synthetic biology products and applications from leading UK industrialists.

Please click here to register for the event.

If you would like any further information, please contact Jenna Helleur at

If you would like to discuss opportunities and support mechanisms for innovation in synthetic biology and biotechnology please contact a member of KTN’s Biotechnology Team.


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