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

Data Science x Biomedical Science Summer School


The Crick, the Alan Turing Institute and Entrepreneur First have come together to host the Data Science x BiomedicalScience Summer School, supported by UK SPINE KE.

The next summer school will be in 2021, it lasts for four days and is free of charge. It is open to scientists with different expertise in data science and biomedical science, who are curious about solving real world problems through entrepreneurship.

Over four days, data scientists, biomedical scientists and technologists will be able to learn the basics of entrepreneurship, develop new skills and meet talented, like-minded researchers from a range of fields. We aim to help these researchers achieve:

  • 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.

The school is designed for scientists who:

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

Attendees will benefit from panel discussions with peers who have transitioned from research to entrepreneurship, and an opportunity to pitch to a panel made up of investors, entrepreneurs and scientists.


  • 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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