BIO Startup 2022 begins to receive applications


Turkey’s first and only biotechnology-themed acceleration program BIO Startup has started to receive applications for 2022. Supported by AIFD and conducted by ReDis Innovation, BIO Startup Program will continue to receive applications until March 31st, 2022. Bio-entrepreneurs to take part in the program will get the opportunity to attend the Bio-entrepreneurship Camp where they will receive thematic training and mentorship from experts of the industry. Following the Bio-entrepreneurship Camp, entrepreneurs selected after their presentations at BIO Startup Demo Day, which will be attended by top managers and investment decision-makers of global companies, will have the chance to come together with actors of the international ecosystem via one-on-one meetings.

Applications for the BIO Startup Program 2022, Turkey’s first and only biotechnology-themed accelerator program which is organized with the cooperation of AIFD and ReDis, can be filed via until March 31st, 2022. The bio-entrepreneurs who are qualified to participate in the program will be announced on April 4th, 2022. This year’s health biotechnology-related focus areas include: drug discovery, medical device, digital health, home health solutions, complementary health practices, genomics, cell therapy and health supplements.
Bio-entrepreneurs deemed qualified for the program after their applications are approved will be able to receive thematic training and mentorship from leading professionals of the industry during the Bio-entrepreneurship Camp to be held between April 7th and 27th. The bio-entrepreneurs who will attend workshops during the online training period will get the opportunity to work on road maps of issues such as regulation and patent, and to attend one-on-one mentorship sessions. After completing this preparation process, they will make their presentations at BIO Startup Demo Day on April 28th, 2022 and those selected will continue to meet and hold talks with the actors of the global biotechnology ecosystem, investors and companies at the BIO Startup Global Company and Investor Meetings that will be held between May 9th – June 15th.

New experiences and opportunities await entrepreneurs
Commenting on the BIO Startup Program’s 2022 applications that will start soon, AIFD Investment Policies Director Serah Kekeç, said: “We will continue to bring benefits in the area where we will contribute to the innovation ecosystem in Turkey, in other words, the commercialization and internationalization of the startups, with the BIO Startup Program we organized for the sixth time. With the BIO Startup Academic Entrepreneurship Module included in the program in 2022, we aim at helping potential entrepreneurs, which have not incorporated yet and are still at the project stage, design their commercialization road maps in order to support the expansion of our startup pool. Deciding on relevant researchers at universities via patent and project scanning and inviting them to the academic entrepreneurship module are also among our targets for this year.”