TechInAfrica – OneBio, an African biotech incubator, has launched a six-month incubation program for biotech startups. It contains workshops, coaching, mentorship, online content, and in-person bootcamps that will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. Most importantly, the incubation program is free.
OneBio’s representative said: “During contact weeks, businesses will have access to lab facilities and co-working space, undertake excursions, be inspired at fireside chats, and be introduced to potential partners and funders. Co-working and lab-space will be available for startups in both Cape Town and Bulawayo. The programme will culminate in a demo day, where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch to local investors.”
Startups in their late research cycle or in their early product cycle are the main target of the incubation program. OneBio said that this program meant to help scientists to get their products to get off of the ground.
“Areas of interest include entrepreneurs solving problems in consumer biology, future food and agriculture, bio-materials, industrial biology, biological tools, animal health, therapeutics, and regenerative medicines, to name a few areas. Solutions that arise at the convergence of laboratory work and computational science are encouraged. Startups need to be based in either South Africa or Zimbabwe. Teams of at least 2 co-founders are preferred,” OneBio added.