Applications Open –

National Accelerator Programme

Applications now open (closing 23:59 16 October 2022)

National Programme 2023 – overview

Are you developing a technology with applications in healthcare?

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(closing 23:59 16 October 2022)

MedTech SuperConnector is now accepting applications for its national cohort of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from all disciplines developing medical technologies from institutions across England to join its accelerator programme.

The national accelerator programme is a three-month learning journey providing participants with entrepreneurship training, masterclasses and access to domain expertise along with project funding (up to £20,000 accessible over 6 months) to develop their medical technologies into business ventures.

What you’ll receive

Early Career Researchers

  • Access to a consumable & travel allowance for 6 months (£20,000)
  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Business coaching
  • Access to incubator / accelerator facilities
  • Access to industry networks

Principal Investigators

  • Opportunity to demonstrate the impact of research
  • Fast-track commercialisation
  • More commercially aware postdocs and students
  • Access to a consumables allowance for prototype development for 6 months (£20,000)

Programme Information Session

Want to find out more about the application process? Not sure if the programme is for you? Sign up for our virtual information sessions on Monday 3 October from 13:00 -14:00. 

Sign up here


How the programme works

Starting with a three-day bootcamp participants will learn the basics of entrepreneurship, venture building and will have begun the process of mapping their path to commercialisation. Over the next three months participants will be taken through a series of masterclass covering topics such as regulatory advice, health economics and intellectual property rights along with 1-2-1 innovation navigation & access to domain expertise. By the end of the programme participants can expect to have a greater understanding of:

  • Key startup methodologies e.g. Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, etc
  • Industry and/or chosen target market stakeholders
  • Partner networks and landscape to progress the venture
  • How novel innovations are adopted the NHS and international & private sector organisations

Through the accelerator programme you can also expect to gain the skills to: 


  • Develop a venture for commercialisation
  • Build successful customer relationships
  • Pitch and present a viable idea/venture

Who should apply

Who should apply?

This programme is open to Early Career Researchers, including research fellows, postdocs & late stage PhD candidates, with a medical technology in development in the lab at a higher education institution in England.

  • Technologies should be at a minimum of proof concept stage
  • Researchers looking to explore the commercialisation or licensing of their technology
  • Applications are accepted from both institutional and non-institutional IP
  • Postdocs and PhD candidates must have support from their Principal Investigator or research supervisor to be on the programme

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Submit a completed application

(closing date 16 October 2022 23:59 BST)

Step 2: Panel Interview

(week of 7 November 2022)

Step 3: Invitation to join the programme

(week of 14 November 2022)

Step 4: Start the programme

(early January 2023)

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