Hands using tweezers and a microscope in the Behrens lab at the Crick.

Data Science x Biomedical Science Summer School


For the first time, the Francis Crick Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and Entrepreneur First are coming together to host a summer school, supported by UK SPINE KE.

The objective is to combine expertise from data science and biomedical science to solve real world problems, through entrepreneurship.

The summer school is open to scientists who are curious about solving real world problems through entrepreneurship, whether you already have an idea or just want to find out more.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 summer school. 

Over four days, biomedical scientists, data scientists and technologists from across the UK will come together to demystify what entrepreneurship is, and explore key techniques and approaches that are essential to translating research into real world solutions.

What is the commitment?

To join, you must be available to attend all four days, 22 - 25 July 2019, 10:00 - 18:00, as well as the evening of 25 July 2019, 18:00 - 20:00. Attending the summer school is free of charge.

You should apply if:

  • You want to explore another way to have impact through your science
  • You want to develop new skills and creative ways of thinking
  • You want to expand your network and connect with talented, like-minded scientists from a range of areas
  • You want to learn from and get exposure to people you wouldn't meet in an academic setting
  • You are curious about entrepreneurship and digital health startups, or you have already decided to start a company.

You don’t need to be set on entrepreneurship, and you don’t need to have an idea, team or product to apply, just your curiosity and openness to new ways of thinking. If you have entrepreneurial ambitions, this will provide you with a foundation and workable frameworks to move forward, whether that’s finding a co-founder or understanding fundraising. Applications closed 24 June 2019.

What can I expect from the summer school?

  • A renewed perspective on what's possible when you use your scientific skills to create real world solutions.
  • An understanding of entrepreneurial frameworks from Entrepreneur First.
  • An opportunity to develop novel ideas in the field of data-driven health with like-minded researchers from a range of disciplines.

You will gain this through:

  • Panel discussions with peers who have transitioned from research to entrepreneurship.
  • An opportunity to pitch your progress to a panel made up of investors, entrepreneurs and scientists.
  • Teaming up with another participant to put your new knowledge into practice.


  • Finding your edge
  • Co-founding vs. being a sole founder
  • What strong teams look like
  • Ideation and the idea maze
  • Identifying and framing your problem
  • How to think about competition
  • How to think about fundraising
  • Communicating your idea
  • Developing a roadmap for your idea
  • How to protect your idea

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