Data Science x Biomedical Science: Summer School 2020

Mon 20 July - Thurs 23 July 2020
Francis Crick Institute, London

Sponsored by Alan Turing Institute, Entrepreneur First, Francis Crick Institute, KQ Labs and UK SPINE


After a fantastic first year, the Alan Turing Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, and Entrepreneur First are coming together again to host a Summer School. We’re inviting 80 individuals from data science and biomedical science to come together and explore how to solve real world problems through entrepreneurship.

Biomedical scientists and data scientists from across the UK will come together to demystify what entrepreneurship really is and explore new ways of translating research into real world solutions.

Join us to gain new skills and connect with like-minded scientists you wouldn’t ordinarily meet. Applications open in May 2020. Register your interest here to get an alert when they do.

Attending the Summer School is free of charge and bursaries are available for those travelling from outside of London. It is primarily aimed at those who have higher levels of qualifications such as a PhD, or are studying for one, and those based in the UK.

Register your interest

What is the commitment?
To join, you must be available to attend all four days, Monday 20 July – Thursday 23 July from 10am – 6pm. We will also be hosting a celebratory dinner on the evening of Thursday 23 July until 8.30pm.

You should apply if:

  • You want to explore new ways to make an impact through your science
  • You want to develop new skills and nurture creative, entrepreneurial ways of thinking
  • You want to expand your network and connect with talented, like-minded scientists
  • You want to learn from and get exposure to people you wouldn’t meet in an academic setting
  • You are interested in entrepreneurship or data-driven health

You don’t need to be set on entrepreneurship to apply, and you certainly don’t need an idea, team or product. Just your curiosity and openness.

If you do have entrepreneurial ambitions, this will provide you with the foundation, workable frameworks and networks to move forward.

How can I apply?
Apply through our short form. It’s designed to get to know you better and understand your fit for the summer school. There is no interview. The team will be in touch over email with a decision.

Applications open in May and applicants will be informed of the decision by the end of June.

What can I expect from the Summer School?

  • You’ll have a renewed perspective on what’s possible when you use your scientific skills, experience and insights to create real world solutions
  • An understanding of entrepreneurial frameworks that Entrepreneur First uses on it’s programme.
  • An opportunity to develop novel ideas in the field of data driven health with like-minded researchers from various disciplines

You’ll gain this through:

  • Modules on: finding your edge; co-founding vs. being a sole founder; what strong teams look like; ideation and the idea maze; identifying and framing your problem; how to think about competition; how to think about fundraising; communicating your idea; developing a roadmap for your idea; and how to protect your idea.
  • Teaming up with another participant to put your new knowledge into practice.
  • Panel discussions with peers who have transitioned from research to entrepreneurship.
  • An opportunity to pitch your progress to a panel made up of investors, entrepreneurs and scientists.
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