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Cohort III teams will be announced in May.

What is Conception X? 

Conception X is a nine-month entrepreneurship programme for PhD students designed to help you launch a deep tech startup based on your research in science or engineering.


It includes business and technology coaching, mentorship, deep tech entrepreneurial training, community events, legal support and so much more.


Who is it for? 

It is open to all PhD students from UK universities, working on innovative technology based on their research; is non-residential and designed to fit alongside your research. We don’t take any equity in your startup.


When does it run?

The programme starts in February 2020 and culminates in October 2020 with a showcase to investors and industry experts. Programme alumni can continue to receive support after they have finished the programme for as long as they are students.


What is it worth and how much does it cost?

Programme value is £75K per student. It’s free for accepted students. 


“Conception X connects PhDs to London’s rich startup ecosystem. It's been an invaluable resource for expanding my network of advisors and investors and offered much else besides – including mentorship, courses and events”

Tom Robbins

CEO, Pinfold Technologies, PhD Candidate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL

“I have previously joined other accelerators and I found that they all were very short startup programmes. And what I needed was more support over a longer period making sure that the work I was doing was going alongside my PhD.”

Phoebe Heseltine

CEO, Enteromics, PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, UCL

“I learned a lot of new skills and developed many contacts that are sure to last beyond the end of the incubator. For any early-stage entrepreneurs thinking about whether or not to give it a punt, I would say it’s a no-brainer!”

Dan Archer

CEO of Empathetic Media, PhD candidate in Computer Science, UCL

“Conception X has provided support in key areas including mentoring sessions, networking opportunities and the training sessions on financial & business concepts that aren’t covered in my PhD.”

Itse Onuwaje

CEO of In-Neutro, PhD candidate in Pharmacology and Issue engineering, UCL

“Conception X as a programme helped us to consolidate a bit quicker and accelerate our development as a business and our growth as a team. They are leading the way in changing PhD and it was a journey to be part of.”

David Dunne

CEO of Hexis, PhD candidate in Digital Health & Behaviour, Liverpool John Moores University

12 November 2019

Applications open

20 January 2020

Applications close

29 January 2020

Interviews close

25 February 2020

Cohort III starts

Questions about the programme? Register your interest by leaving your details below, and our student advisory team will get back to you within 24 hours. What have you got to lose?

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