Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Opportunities, activities and events sponsored outside of Caltech:

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator - click here for more info and application!

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) combines seed capital, hands-on help and a great co-working location with an expert team to positively impact the trajectory of early-stage startups. ERA runs two, four-month programs per year. We are New York City's largest program focused solely on the New York opportunity. ERA has NYC's deepest and strongest mentor network with 300+ expert investors, technologists, product specialists, marketers, customer acquisition strategists, sales execs, and more, across all major industries represented in NYC. ERA companies gain direct access to leading members of the New York City tech community through the ERA mentor network and are also given access to the right investors, sales prospects and partners. Located in New York City, ERA provides participant companies with an intensive four-month program with the goal of helping early-stage companies progress rapidly into exciting, viable, venture-scalable businesses.Each accepted company receives an initial $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA's Fund. All accepted companies are required to locate in-house for the program's duration in our midtown offices. ERA Summer 2017 Application Deadline: March 29, 2017, 11:59 pm ET CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION


KPCB Fellows Program - click here for application!

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers is now accepting applications for their 2017 KPCB Fellows program www.kpcbfellows.com. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Fellowship Program offers top U.S. college and graduate students a chance to work inside innovative Silicon Valley startups while being mentored by a company executive at startups like Coursera, Flipboard, Slack and many others. The three-month summer program is focused on engineering and design. A new year-long program is focused on product management. Applications will close on January 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact KPCB Partner Andy Chen at achen@kpcb.com.


CornellTech Runway Startup Postdoc - click here for application!

Recently completed your PhD and want to harness your deep tech expertise to start a company? Want to do it in New York City and get funding from day one? If so, consider the Runway Startup Postdoc Program. The Runway Startup Postdoc program is a 1-3 years tech incubator in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at CornellTech (NYC). It is an innovative hybrid of a startup incubator and a postdoc educational program, highly competitive, providing PhD graduates with a supportive environment that includes funding, high level mentoring in technology, business and entrepreneurship, space and more.

Runway provides an impressive package valued at $175,000 that includes a salary, research budget, housing allowance, space and more in the first year. In addition, the Startup Postdoc receives significant benefits and perks and corporate support valued at $400,000.

Application is now open for next Fall's cohort. Details are available here.


Cyclotron Road - Apply by October 31, 2016 - click here for application!

Cyclotron Road is a premier fellowship and incubator for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers, sponsored by the U.S Department of Energy and hosted at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab). It supports U.S.based innovators from any technical background and at any stage of their career, with one caveat: you must be a first-time technical founder to be eligible for the program. 

As part of the program, you receive:

  • A cash stipend of approximately $200,000 per participant over two years
  • $100,000 of project funds to be used at Berkeley Lab
  • Health insurance benefits and travel funds
  • Lab space and tech support from Berkeley Lab experts and facilities
  • Clear ownership rights to developed IP
  • Intensive support and mentorship from the Cyclotron Road team and its network of advisors

The mission of Cyclotron Road is to support first time founders, it places huge emphasis on mentorship, coaching, and guidance for members of our cohort, and work very hard to maintain a strong sense of community and support for all program participants. This comes in the form of frequent 1:1 interaction with its team (which includes two former ARPA-E program directors), connections to advisers and mentors, group activities and events, and much more.

Applications for Cohort 3 are open now and due October 31st. The application is short and straightforward, so please don't be deterred by the approaching deadline if this opportunity is of interest.  To get a better sense of how Cyclotron Road can help you, watch the video on the apply page.


Biocom Venture Days: Pitch to San Diego's Super Angels: Register here

On Monday, October 24, Biocom will host a panel discussion of Super Angels including:

Richard Heyman, Ph.D. (Board Member at ORIC Pharmaceuticals)
Francois Ferre, Ph.D. (Co-CEO at ALMA LifeSciences)
Sheila Gujrathi, M.D. (former CMO at Receptos)

These seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss their investment philosophy and new trends in financing. Following the panel, select early stage companies will have the opportunity to Quick Pitch (3-minute pitch) each of these Angels. The Angels are interested in meeting with companies that meet the below criteria:

  • Raising Seed or Series A Round

  • Focus area is anything in the life science spectrum – therapeutics, diagnostics, health IT

If you would like to submit a company for a Quick Pitch opportunity, please send a brief description of the company, key focus area and management team to orodarte@biocom.org no later than Friday October 14, 2016.


IBM Watson XPRIZE Now Accepting Applications!

Apply here: http://ai.xprize.org/

The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally, to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world's grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each declare their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.


TandemLaunch - Call for Technologies

TandemLaunch, a Canadian-based VC fund and startup incubation program, is announcing a Call for Technologies for September 2016. For an introduction to TandemLaunch, please refer to page 8 of the attached documentation. We are searching for early-stage university technologies available for commercialization that address the attached problem statements generated from discussions with various partners in the consumer electronics industry. Submissions should be sent via email to tech@tandemlaunch.com


Techstars Healthcare Accelerator - Apply by October 15, 2016 - click here for application!

Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, will be running its second class in Los Angeles starting January 17, 2017.  Companies creating hardware, software, devices, or services that empower patients and healthcare professionals to track, manage, or improve healthcare delivery, are encouraged to apply. Applications are now open and will close October 15th

Informational session September 1st, 2016 - RSVP here: http://bit.ly/lainfo1


Illumina Accelerator – Apply by September 1, 2016 - click here for application!

We are delighted to announce Illumina Accelerator is accepting applications for its next funding cycle in San Francisco.  Illumina Accelerator is the world's first business accelerator focused on creating an innovation ecosystem for the genomics industry. We are driving value for genomics startups developing breakthrough applications in therapeutics, diagnostics, agriculture, direct to consumer, synthetic biology, and beyond.  Selected genomics startups will receive seed investment, business guidance, and fully operational lab space for six months in San Francisco, starting in January 2017.  Applications for the fifth funding cycle are due by September 1, 2016.

Meet some of our startups and coaches in a new video: Illumina Accelerator | Driving Value for Genomics Startups.

To learn more and apply, email us, visit our website, follow us on linkedin, or tweet about us #ILMNAccel.   


DEVICEFEST: Biocom's 9th Annual Conference

August 30, 2016 | Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Calling All Device Entrepreneurs!

Apply Today for the Opportunity to Pitch Your Medical or Digital Health Device Technology in front of world class leaders and investors at DeviceFest. Five innovative companies will have the opportunity to give their five-minute pitches to a panel of investors at DeviceFest, while receiving on-the-spot critiques. This hot seat is a fast, fun, and interactive forum, giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their technologies in front of world-class leaders and investors. Voted on by audience members using their mobile devices, as well as the investor panel of judges, one entrepreneur will be crowned the "hottest" device company in Southern California.

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, July 22nd. To download an application click here!


Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Applications open for ERA's Winter 2016 Accelerator Program: http://eranyc.com
We're looking for outstanding startups to join ERA's Winter 2016 Accelerator class. Application deadline: November 6, 2015. Program starts: January 4, 2016 in New York City
Our alumni:
* Raised $175 Million+ since 2011
* Combined valuation of $1 Billion+
* First session in 2011: 40% of startups already have been acquired
Join us and let's build the next billion dollars of NYC startups together! We help great founders build better businesses:
* Invest $40,000 in each company and potential follow-on funding
* More than $750,000 of program benefits from partners and sponsors.
* NYC's largest network with 250+ active mentors and 90 alumni companies
Come Meet Us to Find Out More: *November Happy Hour: November 4th  http://era10happyhour2.eventbrite.com


The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute now accepting applications for 2016 Jacobs Institute's unique Startup Postdoc program.

The Jacobs Institute is a key component of the Cornell NYC Tech campus in New York City. The startup postdoc program named Runway provides PhD level candidates with the opportunity to apply and commercialize their research within the entrepreneurial NYC and Cornell Tech ecosystem. For those accepted, it provides candidates with a supportive environment including a postdoc salary, research budget and mentoring in technology, and  education and mentoring in business and entrepreneurship, to mention just a few items. Runway is governed by a special IP arrangement in which IP developed in the program can be licensed on an exclusive, royalty free basis. In exchange for its support and the licensed IP, the Jacobs Institute receives a modest stake in the company, implemented using a convertible security.  Deal terms are specified as part of the program rather than negotiated an individually for each postdoc company.The program may be relevant for PhD students in your institute who wish to apply their research through a startup and may have approached your organization for support.  Runway provides such students with the opportunity to start their company within the Cornell Tech entrepreneurial academic environment and the vibrant NYC eco-system.

We are now accepting applications for our fourth cohort, which will start in August 2016.  For more information, see our website. The application form is available here.
Prof. Uzi de Haan                             Dr. Shuli C. Shwartz
Director, Runway Program               Co-manager, Runway Program
Ued2@cornell.edu                           shuli.shwartz@cornell.edu

3 Day Startup

Click on the links below to see more info:
Website and Application: http://pasadena.3daystartup.org/

OneStart 2016 - Win $150k to realize your healthcare business idea!

Do you have an innovative idea that could tackle humanity's most pressing healthcare needs? We are pleased to announce the launch of OneStart 2016, the world's largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program. Offering young entrepreneurs the chance to win $150kfree lab space and on-going advice from our extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey and Co., Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures, and more. Many of our graduates have been successful in securing follow-on investment, our alumni raising over $30 million combined! There is no cost to apply, and applications are open now until 1st Dec, 2015.  Learn more at onestart.co today and start building your winning team.
Who should participate?
Anyone under 36 years old interested in healthcare entrepreneurship. We welcome applicants from all disciplines and ideas at all stages of development - from a simple idea to a startup with ample data. Moreover we encourage applicants to recruit other scientists, engineers, business students, lawyers, and anyone else with talent and motivation to join your team. Have a fantastic idea but no co-founders; why not assemble your team through our co-founder hub, connecting innovators across the globe.
How does it work?
Again, there is no cost to apply. Applications are reviewed in Dec 2015 and 35 semi-finalist teams are selected to attend a two-day Biotech Bootcamp based in San Francisco on 19th and 20th Feb 2016. Consisting of workshops and networking opportunities with our mentors and partners. Each team also receives 1-on-1 mentorship from our industry experts over 7 weeks. The program ends with the Finals Gala, at which 10 exceptional finalist teams compete for the grand prize. Throughout October launches are being held across the world.
Who will you be working with?
You'll be directly interacting with experts across healthcare and life sciences drawn from pharma, biotech, venture capital, management consulting and more. If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch via jess@oxbridgebiotech.com or reach us through our dedicated discussion forum.   Visit onestart.co todayApplications are open NOW.