BioUpper is the first Italian training and acceleration platform providing financial support for new entrepreneurial ideas in the field of life science. BioUpper is a project funded by Novartis and Fondazione Cariplo in collaboration with PoliHub to actively participate in the economic development of our country.
BioUpper targets aspiring entrepreneurs with groundbreaking projects and helps them developing their skills. The goal of the programme is to enhance and reward the best ideas in order to translate innovation excellence into viable operating models.
During the course of six months the programme will support start-uppers operating in the Italian market with a personalized empowerment path providing access to resources, facilities and relationships and bringing them closer to the medical and scientific ecosystem.
The 3 best initiatives will be awarded a voucher of Euro 50.000 to be used in consultancy fees for activities/services that will help develop the proposition further and effectively initiate the go-to-market process. The intervention areas include biotechnologies for medical applications, digital tools and medical devices, patient-oriented services and health delivery services.
The training week offers 20 selected projects frontal classes, personal tuition and meetings in order to develop the proposition further and prepare for an effective pitch.
At the end of the training week, the start-uppers will deliver an elevator pitch to the jury. The 10 best ideas will be granted accessto the acceleration program.
The Acceleration Programme offers the 10 best start-uppers who have successfully passed the second selection stage a tailor-made path aimed at accelerating and making more effective the go-to-market phase. The Acceleration Programme is suited to each business plan and it will be based on the life cycle of the product/service proposed, consisting of laboratory work, incubation time, guided tours to companies and national/international life science districts. The viability of the selected projects is also enhanced through the interaction with external stakeholders such as tutors, temporary managers, university representatives and incubators.> Insert Link
At the end of the Acceleration Programme the teams will present their projects to a jury. The jury will announce the 3 best ideas which will be awarded a voucher for Euro 50,000 (before tax) to be utilized for the development of the project.> Insert Link
Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care and cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2014, the Group achieved net sales of USD 58.0 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 120,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 180 Countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.novartis.it and www.novartis.com
Fondazione Cariplo has been doing philanthropic work for over twenty years, with a passion for art, culture, scientific research, social affairs and the environment. Today it is focused on supporting young people, community welfare and the well-being of people, implementing projects with non-profit organizations. From 1991 to date, the Foundation supported more than 30,000 charitable initiatives, investing in the philanthropic activity over two and a half billion euro, resources generated by the wise investments of an asset that in recent years has appreciated and held up in the face of the crisis, and which is now worth over Euro 8 billion. In recent years Cariplo managed to innovate the way of doing philanthropic work, as in the case of social housing or cultural districts. Not just a benefactor, then, but an engine of ideas.
The Jury will be composed of experts from Corporations, Research, Finance and Institutions active in the development of new enterprises and business ventures.
Coordinator of Research Activities
Institute for Pediatric Research Città della Speranza
Do you have an innovative idea in the field of Life Science
and are you looking for support to make it happen?
Apply to BioUpper Fill in the application form and present your project.