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Build a Biotech

'Bridging innovation in the Northwest'


“Build a Biotech” is a start-up competition organised by the Northwest Biotech Initiative in collaboration with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Catalyst and the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre.

Have you or your team got an idea that will address one of the following topical issues?

Global health and well-being

Climate change and sustainability

Win investment into you and your idea!

1st Place

£15,000 cash, Industry Standard Lab Facilities, and Accelerator Program Mentorship from Innovation District Manchester

2nd Place

£5,000 cash, Industry Standard Lab Facilities, and Accelerator Program Mentorship from Innovation District Manchester

Best Upcoming Idea​

£1,000 cash

This prize is for ideas that may be in early stages and required additional time to become ready for further investment.


  • Undergraduate, Postgraduate student, PDRA and university staff at a Northwest UK university, graduates and alumni are also welcome to apply. 

  • Team of 1-4 participants (containing at least 1 student).

  • Be available for competition key dates: 21st March (virtually), 25th March (virtually) and 7th of May (in-person).


Please be aware that the general idea may be disclosed in the general public, you are responsible to take the steps needed to protect your IP accordingly.

Competition Timeline



Registration Closes

Register your interest to take part and gain access to free workshops.

21st & 25th 


Online Business Workshops

For all who registered*.

*It is expected that those who wish to submit an idea should attend these workshops.



Submission Deadline 

(Finalists notified by 7th April)

8th - 31st


Prep Stage

Time to refine pitch and get mentored by industry experts



Competition Day

Present your ideas to an external industry panel

Business Workshops

Workshop 1

Thursday 21st March

  • 16:00 - 17:00: Introduction and Innovation - turning science into life-saving treatments or devices. What should be in your pitch? What makes a technology interesting to the 'real world'?

  • 17:00 - 17:15: Break 

  • 17:15 - 18:15: Understanding markets - researching your innovation, getting evidence from stakeholders and thinking about your business model

Workshop 2

Monday 25th March

  • 16:00 - 17:00: Intellectual property - what is it and who owns it? How does it link with your business strategy?

  • 17:00 - 17:15: Break 

  • 17:15 - 18:15: Finance - time and money. How long is it going to take us to do this? How much is it going to cost?




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