Our programmes for 2021

What we have planned for this year in our commitment to support innovators towards a cancer-free future.

Happy new year to the cLAB community! The COVID-19 pandemic tested us all throughout the past year, creating a new norm for working from home and making connections online. We’re thankful to our growing network of start-ups, innovators and investors for their continued support towards a cancer-free future. After the success of last years’ projects we’d like to update you on our plans for the new year!


We are running 5 impressive programmes this year, providing new opportunities, insights and networks in the field of cancer diagnostics and treatments. The Global Oncology Sandbox is one of our most exciting programmes for the new year. In this we aim to build the world’s first oncology sandbox – a virtual environment for cancer-focussed start-ups to test their business challenges. This platform will facilitate structured communication for meaningful collaborations between a qualified network of stakeholders, from innovators and investors to pharma and clinics. In this way, we hope to create a global ‘ecosystem within an ecosystem’ for testing, development, scaling and validation of solutions against cancer, overcoming previous barriers to global networking and collaboration. Become an early subscriber and gain access to the sandbox, global health data, our network and an opportunity to shape the future of oncology. In May we will be hosting an online webinar introducing the programme before its launch, join us if you are interested in entering the oncology start-up space and meeting other businesses from the major oncology clusters of the world. 

Our Startup Academy for healthtech and biotech will give researchers and founders from the health sector the necessary entrepreneurial skills and connections for business. This programme delivers a series of practical workshops and face-to-face sessions, with world-class mentors, leading to an opportunity to pitch ideas to a panel of investors and a chance to secure funding. Participation on interviews and panels as well as practice in pitching and making keynote speeches, are just a few of the ways we plan to help founders succeed in their start-up journeys in the competitive field of oncology. 

Universities Against Cancer is the third programme we’re launching in 2021. Over the course of 2 months we will support university students (from second year undergraduates to PhD level) by giving them the tools and learning they need in entrepreneurship and life science innovation to bring their ideas to life. In this way, we will challenge the main roadblocks researchers and young innovators face in accessing investment and translating the world of science to business minded people. Through task-based workshops and business focussed mentoring we will help the next generation to define their business models, outline pricing strategies and construct competitive pitch decks in a bid to materialise their concepts. By partnering with top universities and talent, we intend to build a supportive environment conducive towards reaching the investors, angels, VCs, accelerators and incubators needed to drive start-ups. This programme is complemented by a series of events, including panels and interviews with sponsors as well as roundtables with our partner universities, building collaboration towards new cancer-centred solutions.

The Women in Oncology programme will support female founders and entrepreneurs of health solutions. Through this we aim to challenge the difficulties all-female founder teams encounter in gaining investment and recognition. We invite ambitious creators, founders, researchers and professionals the opportunity to amplify their voices and present their life-changing solutions. As part of this, we will be hosting multiple events, open to participation from the general public, drawing attention to women in oncology. Involved individuals can look forward to live panels with pharma specialists, innovators and oncologists discussing the peaks and troughs of their careers, as well as pitching events with investors, the med-tech industry and other founders, and finally interviews with journalists, activists and cancer-survivors who are now working on solutions to the disease. Join us to hear more inspiring stories and encourage female powered innovation.

We are also holding a number of fundraising sessions throughout the year where we introduce and match start-ups, mentors, VCs, angels and investors based on their specifications for successful and structured deals. Participants will be invited to investor briefing sessions, allowing start-ups to pitch their ideas and network with our alumni and portfolio companies, promoting continuous innovation in the field. 

If you would like to hear more about any of our projects or partner with us in making cancer a curable disease then please get in touch via email;

Global Oncology Sandbox: amna@clabventures.com

Startup Academy: sarolta@clab.ventures

Universities Against Cancer: greg@clab.ventures

Women in Oncology: sarolta@clab.ventures

Fundraising sessions and investor matchmaking: sara@clab.ventures

cLAB Ventures - January 22, 2021