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BIO Announces Start-Up Stadium: Empowering the Cutting-Edge Companies of Tomorrow, Today

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Oesterle
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As the world’s largest biotechnology event, the BIO International Convention provides several specialized opportunities geared towards start-up and emerging companies. The Start-Up Stadium was designed to provide start-up companies with the opportunity to engage key members of the investment community, venture philanthropy groups, and BIO attendees.

This area in the BIO Exhibition provides an exciting and interactive experience where investors provide live feedback and judge 5-7 minute pitches presented by start-up biotech companies.


Now Accepting Applications for Start-Up Stadium at BIO 2017



Maximum Exposure for Start-Ups
The goal of the Start-Up Stadium is to increase engagement with investors, state and regional affiliates, early-stage companies at the beginning of their life-cycle and the burgeoning ecosystem in which they play. This provides resources that boost the biotechnology industry as well as a clear, successful example to stakeholders that early-stage innovation is well represented at the BIO International Convention.

Through the widespread outreach of this event, we plan to reach entrepreneurial ecosystems in all 50 states and abroad. We plan to reach some of the most overlooked regions for start-ups, which traditionally have limited access to investor engagement, feedback, and representation at the BIO International Convention.

Who Can Participate in the Start-Up Stadium?
Companies that have....

  • Raised less than $10 million since inception
  • Fewer than 20 full-time employees
  • Previous business pitch or competition experience
  • Must have no experience in BIO One-on-One Partnering

What Kind of Visibility Will You Receive?
During the BIO International Convention, investor judges attend live presentations and engage in a Q&A providing feedback to finalists. Finalists will participate in one of five sessions in 2-3 days among 40 companies. You present a 5-7 minute pitch, followed by written and oral feedback from investor judges. We encourage participants to request and schedule BIO One-on-One Partnering meetings before you arrive to San Diego (make sure to keep your schedule up to date!)

After the event, BIO collects feedback from start-ups and judges and analyzes the increased engagement between investors and early-stage communities. In late July, BIO follows up with finalists for product and investment status.

How to Participate & Steps for Submission
Participating in the BIO Start-Up Stadium provides a great opportunity to be featured in an innovative space that drives start-ups and investors to engage and explore opportunities for cutting-edge achievements. Here's how to participate:

Review the criteria and submit an application. Applications will be accepted from March 20 through April 7. Finalists will be notified by April 21.
Once accepted, you will be charged a $699 fee per start-up which includes access to BIO One-on-One Partnering ($3,000+ value). The BIO Programs team will reach out to coordinate your time slot.
Questions? Please contact Nareg Sagherian for more information!


Overview of the Start-Up Stadium Program (PDF)

Creating Value
by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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