Science Inc.™ Accelerator

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Science Inc.™ Accelerator

Science entrepreneur joins The Innovation Space virtual programming

The Science Inc.™ Accelerator is a virtual, cohort-based accelerator for early-stage startups in the sciences. Over four months, participants work to advance their startup toward major goals to move their businesses more quickly toward success. The Innovation Space offers eligible startups an opportunity to apply for funding.

What Businesses Are Saying

Joining Science Inc. was like adding four rockstar founders to our team in one day.

Dalton Signor

Science Inc. Cohort 1 Founder & CEO, Breatheasy

Entrepreneur participating in Science Inc accelerator from The Innovation Space kitchen

How It Works

You’re building your startup. Now accelerate success with Science Inc.Over a four month period, you will:

  • Achieve critical business milestones with the guidance of expert coaches and business curriculum
  • Build a strong network of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and peer founders
  • Gain access to investment opportunities
  • Pitch their business to the investor community at Demo Day
  • Access the Innovation Space community and coworking space

Upon graduation, you will be on the way to tackling your next business challenge – whether it is fundraising, building a product development process, or another hurdle.

Science entrepreneur taking notes at Science Inc Accelerator event

Program Outline

Every year, Science Inc.™ Accelerator runs two cohorts. One runs February-May and the second cohort runs September-December. Participating in the accelerator is free of charge and involves an approximate 30 hour per month commitment. 

Programming includes:

  • Weekly workshops with experts – on strategy, operations, fundraising, networking, business development, and more
  • Weekly 1-on-1 coaching sessions – about goal setting, business planning, and making progress
  • Pitch preparation – to develop a compelling entrepreneurial story and a powerful pitch

The experience concludes with a Demo Day event, where participants have the opportunity to pitch their companies to the Innovation Space’s investor community.

Female scientist working in fume hood in Innovation Space lab

Qualifications and Participation

Science Inc.™  is open to founders or founding teams who are building a startup in scientific sectors including, but not limited to, industrial or agricultural biology, advanced materials, chemical compounds, healthcare, nutrition, and renewable energy. Qualified participants will have developed a technological innovation, completed foundational market research, and have begun to develop a business plan. 

Science entrepreneurs collaborate in Innovation Space conference room

Optional Funding Opportunity

The Innovation Space offers Science Inc. applicants the additional opportunity to be considered for investment through the Innovation Space’s First Fund program. If a participating Science Inc. company is selected for First Fund, the Innovation Space invests $50,000 via a convertible note, which includes $25,000 in cash plus the $25,000 cost of the program.

Science Inc. participants may opt to forgo the investment opportunity and participate in the upcoming cohort free of charge.

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