Building a Biotech Venture

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Next session: March 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 10 Point Plan Workshop

Registration Now Closed – Email if you have any questions.

Looking to translate your regenerative medicine research or technology into a product or venture but don’t know where to start?

Take your first steps toward entrepreneurship with Building a Biotech Venture, a new program for regenerative medicine-focused trainees in labs at the University of Toronto or its affiliated hospitals, offered in partnership with the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), a campus-linked accelerator at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at U of T.

Through a series of workshops over winter/spring 2021, you will:

  • learn how to think about your research in terms of a product or business;
  • connect with peers to form a venture team;
  • develop your product or venture “story”;
  • build a business canvas and pitch deck; and
  • receive mentoring and guidance from industry experts throughout the process.

The program will culminate in a pitch competition in spring 2021 where the winning team will receive up to $25,000 in research funding to advance their product or venture concept.

This is a virtual event

Building a Biotech Venture program breakdown:

  • Session 1: Information Session – **Note: Live session has passed but you can still participate in the program provided you have registered by Feb. 23. 
    Watch recording here, or you can review the FAQ.
    Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    This session will provide an overview of the program and how to enroll, as well as an introduction to H2i’s 10-point plan, which outlines 10 key elements of a business canvas. Medicine by Design will help facilitate venture team creation between session 1 and session 2 for those who do not have an existing team.
  • Session 2: H2i’s 10-Point Plan Workshop
    Registration Now Closed – Email if you have any questions.
    March 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Teams will dive into more detail on H2i’s 10-point plan, and start developing a venture one-pager and a pitch deck on their venture concept. Mentors from H2i’s community will work with teams during the workshop to provide feedback. Post-workshop, teams will be assigned H2i mentors and receive ongoing mentoring to further develop their business cases and pitch decks.
  • Session 3: Medicine by Design Pitch Competition
    Spring 2021

    Teams who attended the session 2 workshop are invited to apply to this pitch competition. The winning team will receive up to $25,000 in research funding to advance their product concept.

If you have any immediate questions regarding this program, please contact Stephanie Hume (

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