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June 10-11 & 14-18, 2021

Start-Up Stadium

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Start-Up Stadium

Start-Up Stadium is designed to provide start-up companies with the opportunity to engage key members of the investment community, venture philanthropy groups, strategic partners, and non-dilutive capital at the world’s largest biotechnology partnering event. During BIO Digital 2021, cutting-edge start-ups from around the world will share a quick pitch on the BIO Innovation Stage showcasing new technologies and therapeutic solutions to a panel of investor judges, followed by live interactive networking.

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Apply today to be featured in an innovative space to drive start-ups and investors to engage and explore potential opportunities for cutting-edge achievements.

Applications are still open. 

How Does it Work?

  1. For BIO Digital 2021, stakeholder judges across the biotechnology landscape will view live start-up presentations in the new Innovation Stage and engage in Q&A/feedback with the finalists. 
  2. After the event, BIO will collect feedback from start-ups and judges, announce winners, and analyze the increased engagement between stakeholders and early-stage communities. 
  3. In late July 2021, BIO will follow up with finalists for product and investment status and to share our finalists’ success.
Typical Requirements for Applicants
  • Raised less than $10 million since inception
  • Fewer than 20 full-time employees
  • Previous business pitch or competition experience
  • Must not be a previous Start-Up Stadium winner


Sponsor Start-Up Stadium

Put your brand front and center during this high-energy entrepreneur showcase. Be a part of what’s next and connect your brand with one of the most popular programs of BIO Digital.

BIO 2020 Start-Up Stadium Prizes

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BIO Prize
Provided by BIO
A one-year membership to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

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Innovation Prize
Provided by Illumina Accelerator
Illumina Accelerator will provide each winner of the 2020 Startup Stadium program with a “fast-track” accelerator application with guaranteed interview, a nomination into the final selection phase for a $10,000 sequencing grant, and a one-hour coaching session. 

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Venture Investor Prize
Provided by Objective Capital Partners
Winning companies receive a private, one-hour advisory discussion with a major biotech venture capital firm (six winners in total).

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Venture Investor Prize
Provided by H.I.G. Capital
Winning companies receive a private, one-hour advisory discussion with a major biotech venture capital firm (six winners in total).

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Legal IP Prize
Provided by Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Each of the 6 winners will receive four hours of complimentary legal services in a specific legal area in which we practice).  Any complimentary legal services are subject to Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s standard conflicts check and normal engagement processes.