Applying to KQ Labs

KQ Labs is a five-month accelerator programme for exciting early-stage start-ups using data as a core part of their business model to improve human health, run by the Francis Crick Institute and funded by LifeArc. 

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Application criteria

Key dates

  • 17 May 2022

    Applications open

  • 10 July 2022

    Applications close at midnight BST

  • September 2022


  • October 2022

    Programme launch

  • March 2023

    Demo Day event

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    Application information

    Eligibility criteria

    The programme is aimed at early-stage data-driven health entrepreneurs looking for support to validate their ideas and develop their business goals in a supportive and enriching environment. We are looking for start-ups who have:

    • a focus on areas which have the potential to have a significant impact on health, and where use of data is a core part of the business model (this is what we define as data-driven health),
    • two or more team members,
    • a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), prototype, or proof of concept,
    • an early-stage company (pre-Series A),
    • their legal entity registered in the UK, and 
    • a team based in the UK. 

    If you have any questions or would like to chat with a member of the team, get in touch by sending an email to

    What do you need to apply?

    KQ Labs runs annually between October and March. Applications for the programme are currently open.

    You can apply to KQ Labs in three simple steps. Once you start your application, we will ask you to:

    • Fill out a quick online form telling us about you and your company,
    • Submit a pitch deck of up to 12 slides (please see our 'Guidance for applicants' for what to include), and
    • Submit a two-minute recording of yourselves explaining what you see as the key aspects of your business (this is optional, but strongly recommended).

    Application form

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    Apply now for the KQ Labs accelerator

    Please make sure you have read our guidance for applicants, and that you have your slide deck ready.

    Applications close at 23:59 on 10 July 2022.

    As part of the selection process, we share your application with our partners, mentors and experts who will also review your application.

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