We are pleased to announce that the Henry Royce Institute (Royce) is partnering with Wilbe, an end-end venture firm which educates, supports and invests in scientist entrepreneurs, to offer funded places to Materials Science post-docs and early career scientists on their Become a Science Founder (BSF) Fellowship.
BSF is a practical business course for scientists interested in entrepreneurship, taking place over 4 weeks, with interactive, hands-on sessions delivered online by seasoned founders & investors, and supported by a community platform with regular in-person social gatherings. BSF is tailor-made for scientists to understand what it takes to get their discoveries off the ground, going through the ins and outs of building a company and becoming a founder, taught solely by science founders, seasoned investors and spinout experts, on subject matters from biotech to clean energy, and everything in between.
Following the course, post-docs become Wilbe Fellows and join the BSF Community to share ideas and continue networking with experienced founders, potential team members, investors and experts. So far, 120+ fellows have graduated from this course from elite institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Max Planck, EMBL among other institutions. Multiple fellows have subsequently gone on to found their startups.
Royce sponsorship will fund 20 places on the Become a Science Founder course for Materials Scientists post-docs or researchers, under the mission pillar of fostering materials science skills development, innovation training and outreach to support and grow world-recognised excellence in UK materials research, accelerating commercial exploitation and delivering positive economic and societal impact for the UK.
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