We help PhD students launch deeptech startups based on their research, connect with industry experts and become eligible for innovation grants, awards and venture capital funding.
Our programme is mostly virtual, with some events in London, and designed to fit the intensive research schedules of PhD students. It lasts 9 months, March-November.
There are five core elements:
Note: Our new partnership with XTX Ventures will support 6-12 new companies per cohort over the next three years, with a typical cheque size of £100,000.
For PhD students ready to build startups. More one-to-one support given and commitment required.
For PhD students interested in developing their business skills through training designed for STEM researchers.
To be eligible for the Conception X programme, students must:
There are so many tools that Conception X has equipped me with that have been instrumental in getting us this far. After sitting at a desk for so long, as it’s often the case with PhD research, Conception X has given me the springboard to get out into the world and talk to people.
The approach and progress of my PhD has been significantly improved on the back of some of the things I have learnt at Conception X. Being exposed to the difference between purely problem-based thinking (i.e. academia) and more value-based thinking has been an eye opener and has led me to change the way I implement my research.