Innovation Biocamp

Date: 23rd–28th July

Price: Free of charge to successful applicants

Venue: Hawkhills

Address: Easingwold, North Yorkshire, UK

Apply now for €7000 worth of fully funded, specialist training for you and your business. Join other new, high-growth, bio-based businesses for an intensive, week-long course that will give you the tools you need to help you commercialise your idea and grow your company. This biocamp is part of the EU-funded project BioBase4SME.

Applications open until 19 May: apply online 

How you will benefit:

  • 1-1 mentoring sessions with successful business leaders and investors
  • masterclasses from experts in finance, regulation, risk and opportunity
  • live pitch to a panel of specialist investors, active in the sector
  • peer-to-peer learning and networking with bio-based companies from across NW Europe

What you will learn:

  • how to analyse your value proposition and develop your business model
  • identifying and securing your customers and other people you need to grow
  • how to address operations, intellectual property and risk management
  • communicating effectively with your investors, customers and suppliers

What is included:

Who the course is for:

New, innovative companies and start-ups working in the bioeconomy which are based in the Interreg North West Europe area:


Overview of the training programme

Each session will start with a lecture from an expert in a key aspect of business growth followed by a group exercise mediated by an experienced facilitator.  You will then apply the learning from the session to your own company.  Complementing this core activity will be a programme of keynote speakers on different aspects of commercial endeavour in the bioeconomy, interactive games to learn networking skills and control of cash flow, and individual mentoring sessions with experienced business leaders. The final day of the training will involve a pitch to a panel of specialist investors who will not only give you valuable feedback but may invest in your company.

Day 1 Sunday 23 July: arrive early evening

Exercise: each participant to give a 2-minute pitch about their company
Game to select teams for group work over the week ahead


Day 2 Monday 24 July

Value proposition: what is your value proposition: who will buy your product or service?
Keynote from Ed Green, serial entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Chain Biotech
Business model: introduce Lean Canvas, explore vision, risk and assumptions
Evening: training and exercise in networking skills


Day 3 Tuesday 25 July

Customer discovery: how to validate your value proposition and business model
Lunchtime lecture: value from non-executive directors
Time allowed for personal business management
People for growth – how to find, fund and keep them
Business mentoring session: participants will be paired with business leaders for one-to-one mentoring sessions
Keynote Lecture: ‘Opportunities in the bio-based economy’


Day 4 Wednesday 26 July

Operations: managing quality, meeting expectations, outsourcing strategy, reducing overheads
Lunchtime lecture: personal resilience and how to build it into your business
Time allowed for personal business management
Protecting yourself: intellectual property, regulation, risk management, partnerships. Introduction by Charlotte Watkins, Partner, Secerna LLP, Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Social evening out
Day 5 Thursday 27 July

Financing Growth: options, risks and planning
Lunchtime lecture by an investor: ‘Why invest in startups?’
Time allowed for personal business management
Communication: strategy, developing your investment memorandum, negotiation
Business mentoring session: participants will be paired with business leaders for one-to-one mentoring sessions
Cash flow: an interactive game to explore this crucial business growth parameter.


Day 6 Friday 28 July

Pitch preparation: work to develop a convincing investor pitch
Time allowed for personal business management
Pitch fest: live pitch to panel of specialist investors, corporate, VCs and HNIs
Social evening: final keynote lecture


Applications are now open: