This is an interesting opportunity for South African and Zimbabwean Startups

OneBio, a Cape Town based biotech incu­ba­tor;  has opened appli­ca­tions for its six-month incu­ba­tion pro­gramme to South African and Zim­bab­wean star­tups. This incu­ba­tor is an ini­tia­tive of the Cape Inno­va­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy Ini­tia­tive (CiTi) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tre for Pro­teom­ic and Genom­ic Research (CPGR).

The pro­gramme is aimed to help biotech star­tups that are either late in the research cycle, or ear­ly in the prod­uct cycle. This time, the incu­ba­tor is look­ing for star­tups work­ing on solu­tions in areas that include con­sumer biol­o­gy, future food and agri­cul­ture, bio-mate­ri­als, indus­tri­al biol­o­gy, bio­log­i­cal tools, ani­mal health, ther­a­peu­tics and regen­er­a­tive med­i­cines.

In addi­tion, star­tups with solu­tions that arise out of the con­ver­gence of lab­o­ra­to­ry work and com­pu­ta­tion­al sci­ence are also encour­aged to apply.In addi­tion, star­tups with solu­tions that arise out of the con­ver­gence of lab­o­ra­to­ry work and com­pu­ta­tion­al sci­ence are also encour­aged to apply.

The Financial Support is Valued at R 350,000

OneBio revealed that the sup­port offered is val­ued at over R 350,000.  select­ed star­tups will not be required to give up equi­ty to par­tic­i­pate in it. More­over, OneBio will cov­er the costs of trav­el and accom­mo­da­tion for star­tups com­ing from out­side of Cape Town.

This pro­gram will be deliv­ered via vir­tu­al work­shops, tai­lored online con­tent, expert coach­ing ses­sions as well as through three in-per­son boot­camps in Cape Town. Select­ed Star­tups  will ben­e­fit from access to lab facil­i­ties, co-work­ing space in both Cape Town and Bul­awayo, as well as access to poten­tial part­ners and investors.

 the pro­gram will kick off with an immer­sion boot­camp tak­ing place in Cape Town between 13 and 17 May where par­tic­i­pants will learn about com­pa­ny build­ing. Between 20 May and 28 June, each week, one vir­tu­al work­shop will be streamed to par­tic­i­pants. Between 1 and 5 July the select­ed star­tups will under­go an accel­er­a­tion boot­camp in Cape Town. This will then be fol­lowed by anoth­er series of week­ly vir­tu­al work­shops between 8 July and 23 August.

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