In collaboration with Cancer Research Horizons (Cancer Research UK’s new innovation engine) Entrepreneurial Programmes, Lean Launch is a game-changing 10-week online customer discovery programme that allows you to rapidly test whether there is a market for your oncology-focused idea, product or service from the comfort of your workplace/home.
What: Cancer Research Horizons Lean Launch Programme
When: Applications open: 1st June 2023 closing 22nd September 2023
Where: Online: Welcome Call 9th October – Bootcamp 11th & 12th October
Weekly Progress Calls (1 hour) TBC
Online: Options Roundabout 8th December
Who: Open to applicants across the UK and Europe
Why: This programme offers:
● 10 Week part time Market Discovery Programme using Lean Start-up Methodology
● £2,500 for market discovery activities
● £1,200 for business adviser support
● Pathway to further opportunities
● 2 day bootcamp to develop hypothetical business model, learn how to talk about idea to potential customers and identify customer pain points.
● Bi-weekly access to team of expert coaches
● Connection to a wide network of entrepreneurs, investors and funders
● 10 week tailored customer discovery process
● Training provided on how to pitch to potential customers and investors
● Opportunity to pitch to experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors
This webinar will assist potential applicants with any queries on making their application to the CRH Lean Launch Programme.
We have gathered experts Gillian Shuttleworth, from Cancer Research Horizons, and Paul Reavey, from The Helix Way, to share their invaluable insights and expertise in the field of entrepreneurship and lean startup methodologies.
Our 10-week online market discovery programme is designed using lean start-up methodology. Lean start-up takes the scientific method (hypothesise, test, evaluate) and applies it to business ideas. You will learn how to use this approach to test what your potential customers think about your oncology-related idea, product or service.
Past participants say that having 10-weeks of support and dedicated time to spend on customer discovery has dramatically changed their perspective on their innovation
“The guidance the programme and its mentors have given has been invaluable the insight we (the project team) have gained, including, from the clinical interviews has been incredible, and something we wouldn’t have normally done outside our contacts.”
Professor Cheryl Miller, Faculty Lead for Early Career Researchers, Research Lead for Bioengineering and Health Technologies Group (BHT), University of Sheffield
Offers a pathway towards a further £25,000 of funding plus follow-on funding support
Our online delivery means that you can contribute to the programme flexibly at times that suit you.
You will have weekly access to our team of experts and we will proactively connect you to our network of entrepreneurs, investors and funders within the oncology sector.
We will create a personalised report which includes data about your potential customers, competitors and suppliers plus a comprehensive overview of the intellectual property landscape for your sector.
2-day bootcamp where you will learn how to talk about your technology to customers, develop a hypothetical business model and identify your customers’ pain points.
You will plan and execute 10 weeks of tailored customer discovery for your idea, product or service using online software, videoconferencing and marketing tools. You will receive weekly 1-hour coaching clinics from experts in taking research ideas to market.
1-day online pitch training to teach you how to pitch your ideas to potential customers and investors.
You will have the opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors to help accelerate the impact from your research.
Cancer Research Horizons Lean Launch is open to research teams in all UK universities, UKRI eligible research institutes, public sector research establishments (PSRE’s) and independent research organisations
We are committed to improving diversity across our programmes and are actively seeking applications from under-represented groups and non-Russell Group Universities.
Deadline to apply: 22nd September 2022
Our past Lean Launch Programme participants have included those that have gone on to secure a minimum of £30,000 of Innovate UK funding grants and launch their businesses.
Read about their journeys here!
Amy Smith, Icesupp. Founder and CEO, (2023)
Alice Evans, PhD Student, Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, England (2023)
Dr Hala Dhowre, University of Liverpool
Pharmacologist and Post-doctoral researcher
Winner of Best Pitch and Most Engaged Research at Lean Launch Pitch Day (2020)
CRH teams are composed of four individuals:
Associated Science advisor
Technology Transfer representative/professional
Any research staff or technical research staff member that receives their salary or stipend from an eligible university, PSRE or institute (including, but not limited to, PhD, technician, PDRA, fellowship and group leader positions). This individual MUST be able to commit a minimum of one day per week for the duration of the programme starting the week of the bootcamp.
A researcher who can provide intellectual support to the entrepreneurial lead throughout the course of the programme, for example and interdisciplinary project may require input from outside the research group.
An individual from the team, either from, or contracted to, the RO leading on the commercialisation of the intellectual asset with appropriate technology transfer expertise. This individual Officer (TTO) MUST be able to attend essential online bootcamp sessions as well as the options roundabout. In addition, provide support for the Entrepreneurial Lead and team during the LLP programme and continued support for further commercialisation activity following the programmes conclusion.
A motivated individual from a relevant industrial sector to offer expert guidance and support. Teams are strongly encouraged to name an adviser in their application. Please contact the administration team if identifying a suitable advisor is a barrier.
The application form may be accessed from the links on this website. All applications will go through a competitive selection process. Your application must have been agreed with your organisation prior to applying, including that you can commit to the programme.
We’d love to hear from you with any questions you have about the programme or how it works.
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