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Biotech and Healthcare Venture Creation Weekend, 31 May-2 June 2019

Are you interested in getting involved in entrepreneurship in biotech and healthcare? Do you have a novel biotech/healthcare idea or application that would transform the lives of many people?

Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend on 31 May-2 June 2019 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It's a chance to test your biotech or healthcare business idea, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!

The Entrepreneurship Centre is working in partnership with AstraZeneca to offer aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators the chance to explore opportunities, ideas and applications in a range of technologies such as:

  • novel biological targets
  • therapeutics and research technologies
  • digital health (including artificial intelligence, connected data sets)
  • diagnostics or any transformative healthcare solution
  • genomic-driven drug discovery and application.

Why attend the Biotech and Healthcare VCW?

It's a chance to create, test and validate your biotech or healthcare venture idea or application with industry experts. You can get inspiration from your peers and mentors, learn the basics of building a business and how to collaborate with others in a team environment. Some of you can go 'founder-dating', i.e. use the weekend to match up with one or more co-founders for your business. All participants will work together in teams on customer development, business models, pitching practice and building product prototypes (where appropriate). The most popular ideas are pitched to a panel of judges formed of industry leaders and investors who can provide expert feedback and analysis.

At the end of the VCW, you will have developed your entrepreneurial skills, kick-started your venture, enjoyed the buzz of exploring and creating ideas; and potentially be ready to launch your business together with a talented team.

In addition, one or more of the participating teams will be invited for an interview to join our Accelerate Cambridge incubator programme delivered by the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre. Please note that successful application is dependent on whether the team meets the selection criteria.

When is it?

The Biotech & Healthcare VCW starts promptly at 17:00 on Friday 31 May and ends at 19:00 on Sunday 2 June.

The exact dates and times are:

  • Fri 31 May 2019, 17:00-18:00 - Keynote speaker (open to everyone)
  • Fri 31 May 2019, 19:00-23:00
  • Sat 1 June 2019, 08:30-23:00
  • Sun 2 June 2019, 08:30-19:00 (followed by a dinner from 19:00 to close)

The venue is Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG. View our location and directions

What is the VCW like?

Testimonials from attendees at previous Venture Creation Weekends:

Really insightful experience, good networking.
Christina Kotsi, student, Biology Department, Biotech and Healthcare VCW, June 2018
Amazing and brilliant. Highly recommended.
Salman Bhatti, MBA 2017, University of Manchester, Biotech and Healthcare VCW, June 2018
Fantastically organised, very motivating and inspirational.
Warren Bath, student, Brunel University, Biotech and Healthcare VCW, June 2018

How to apply

Applications are open now until Thursday 30 May 2019.

Standard ticket £60

Student tickets £40

Early bird discount 10% discount is available on advanced bookings until 30 April 2019

This fee includes all sessions, dinner and refreshments that are provided as part of the VCW. Please advise in your application if you are staying for the closing dinner. Overnight accommodation is not included.

Terms and conditions apply. Please email to find out more.

If you have any questions, please email

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Standard ticket £60

Student tickets £40

10% early bird discount is available until 30 April 2019.

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Friday 31 May 2019

16:30-17:00 Registration at Cambridge Judge Business School Foyer, CJBS
17:00-18:00 Keynote address LT1
18:00-19:00 Buffet Dinner & Networking CJBS
19:05-19:10 Welcome & introduction, CJBS LT1
19:10-19:20 Welcome from Partners LT1
19:20-20:00 Half-Baked session LT1
20:00-20:30 Pitch your idea LT1
20:30-20:45 Vote for your favourite ideas LT1
20:45-21:00 Team building LT1
21:00-23:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out rooms

Saturday 1 June 2019

08:30-09:00 Arrival and refreshments; Sign up for mentoring sessions Common Room, CJBS
09:00-09:45 Business Model Canvas presentation LT3
09:45-11:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces
11:00-11:30 Tea / Coffee break and Sign up for mentoring sessions Foyer, CJBS
11:30-13:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces
13:00-13:40 Sandwich Lunch Common Room, CJBS
13:40-14:00 Teams check-in, report progress and call for help Common Room, CJBS
14:00-15:30 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
15:30-16:00 Tea / Coffee break Common Room, CJBS
16:00-18:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
18:15-19:15 Beer and Pizza Common Room, CJBS
19:15-19:45 Teams check-in, report progress and call for help Foyer, CJBS
19:45-23:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces

Sunday 2 June 2019

08:30-09:00 Arrival and breakfast refreshments Common Room, CJBS
09:00-09:30 How to pitch your idea LT3
09:30-10:00 Teams work on their ideas / prepare for mentoring Break out spaces
10:00-11:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
11:00-11:30 Tea / Coffee available Common room
11:30-13:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
13:00-14:00 Sandwich Lunch Common room
14:00-16:00 Teams finalise presentations Break out spaces
15:30-16:00 Tea / Coffee available Common room
16:00-16:30 All presentations should be submitted and uploaded on PC LT3
16:30-18:30 Final Presentations LT3
18:30-18:45 Break and Judging  
18:45-19:00 Winners announced and Awards presented LT3
19:00-19:10 Closure LT3
19:10-21:00 Closing Dinner Royal Cambridge Hotel
Andrew Hatcher

Andrew Hatcher (Facilitator)

Head of Collaborative Programmes, Entrepreneurship Centre and Managing Director, The MAPP

The MAPP develops visual planning tools for developing and sharing plans of all kinds.

Andrew has a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovation within corporate environments and notably created an implemented a comprehensive and international innovation management system while working for Reuters, the European media group. His career at Reuters culminated in a role as CEO of an Asian-based Internet trading corporate spin-out in Singapore which he took through initial venture capital (VC) funding and on to a trade sale.

Andrew draws on a wealth of experience in all aspects of business management gained through working internationally, predominantly in the US and UK.

Zizi Hollander

Zizi Hollander (Organiser)

Programme Administrator, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Zizi has a passion for business and, in particular, working alongside entrepreneurs. Among her happiest and most enduring achievements was the co-founding of a football newspaper in South Africa which became the biggest-selling newspaper in the country with impressive profit margins to boot! She has also assisted entrepreneurs in diverse ventures ranging from manufacturing furniture from old tyres to setting up a hair transplant clinic.

Zizi has a business degree from the University of South Africa and extensive experience in a range of different sectors, industries and roles.

Sayara Thompson

Sayara Thompson (Organiser)

Programme Manager, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Sayara manages a number of programmes at the Entrepreneurship Centre, such as the Venture Creation Weekend, Ignite and the SME Growth Challenge Programme. She previously worked in Alumni Relations and for the MFin programme at Cambridge Judge Business School. 

With a background in IT and research, she has experience in working for international organisations and in the private sector. She is a great networker and is always keen to help people to connect.