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KQ Labs

Accelerating high potential data-driven biomedical startups to commercial launch.


Logo for KQ Labs, the Crick's start-up accelerator.

KQ Labs is an intensive accelerator programme offered to high growth potential startup teams in the area of data-driven biomedical science.

Startups with the potential to make an impact on global health outcomes have access to unrivalled support and resources. Successful applicants are provided with a £40k award to get their startup to the next stage. The programme includes pre-accelerator, accelerator and post-accelerator activities and is run by the Crick and a number of world-leading partners with funding from Wellcome

The 16-week KQ Labs accelerator offers startup founders access to capital and other vital resources. Its helps early-stage data-driven startup founders to validate their ideas and put their startups on a path to receive further investment from Government grants, venture capital and other sources.

Applications for KQ Labs are now open until 15 September 2019.

Find out more and apply now

All selected startup teams have access to a network of global experts in all aspects of entrepreneurship, health sector knowledge, data science and investment strategies. This network provides workshops and mentoring to support the cohort, helping them to maximise opportunities and address challenges.

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    The KQ Programme

    • Product management
    • Protecting intellectual property
    • Basic and advanced funding
    • Legal and regulatory requirements
    • Data accessibility and ethics
    • Grant funding and application advice
    • Market access (UK and International)
    • Leadership and team building
    • Scaling
    • Pitch training


    If you would like to mentor one of the 2019 cohorts, or if you would like to be involved in the KQ Labs ecosystem, please contact paul@kqlabs.com.


    Find out more about the previous cohorts of KQ Labs start-ups on our alumnae page

    Our partners

    Alan Turing Institute logo

    HDRUK Health Data Research UK

    Genomics England logo

    University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins logo

    Knowledge Quarter

    Wellcome logo.

    Covington & Burling logo

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