Cape Town biotech incubator opens applications for 1st programme


Cape Town-based biotech incubator OneBio will launch its first programme for early-stage Southern African entrepreneurs in May, with applications now open.

Disrupt Africa reported last year on the launch of OneBio, which will provide life science startups with funding, business support, lab facilities and office space, as well as access to networks, mentorship, international markets and large corporate partners, both in Africa and internationally.

Applications have now opened for its first six-month programme, which will feature three bootcamps in Cape Town, virtual workshops, expert coaching sessions and tailored online content.

The programme will culminate with a demo day where entrepreneurs will pitch their companies to a room full of local investors.

“In the past year, OneBio has been working with biotech entrepreneurs and has been blown away by the talent and potential of the region’s startups,” said Michael Fichardt, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of OneBio.

“The programme is purposed to source, amplify and accelerate local life science talent and support a new wave of biotech success stories for Southern Africa. We encourage scientists, bio-hackers, entrepreneurs and anyone using biology to solve large problems to apply.”

Entrepreneurs have until March 10 to apply.

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