The SYNBEE project is aiming to enhance entrepreneurial skills of young SynBio professionals across Europe!
The application is open to join the Biocatalyst Mentors Network by SYNBEE (the inaugural Pan-European Biotech Mentors Network), an exceptional opportunity to propel the growth and success of your biotech startup. Through this network you will gain access to invaluable mentorship, collaboration, and recognition within the synthetic biology industry.
Please submit your application by November 30th, 2023, using the provided application form. Selected teams will be invited for interviews to further evaluate their fit for the program. Following the interviews, dedicated mentor teams will be assigned to each selected startup. These mentors possess the expertise and experience necessary to provide tailored guidance and support.
Biocatalyst Mentors Network by SYNBEE will commence in December 2023 and culminate with a demo day—an exciting pitching competition and networking event—in Spring 2024. This event serves as a platform for showcasing the progress and achievements of the participating startups, fostering connections, and facilitating networking among mentors and teams.
The mentorship program is intended to provide insights, knowledge, connections, and advice from experienced professionals to startups and would-be founders – with the goal of helping overcome current challenges and maximizing the viability of their project.
Participation is open to startups, teams, and future founders working on a project or developing an idea in the field of biotechnology.
The duration of the mentorship programme is 6 months, with a least 1 monthly session. Upon mutual agreement more frequent meetings could be set up if necessary.
Participating is free of charge.
No, you can interact with mentors remotely via video calls, emails, chats, etc.
Each team will have 2-3 mentors working with them throughout the programme.
No. The Programme is also open to researchers, students and professionals, interested in creating a startup in the future.
At the moment the programme is focused on startups and teams based in the European Union (EU). However, strong teams from outside the EU are also welcome to apply and will be considered on case-by-case basis.
We carefully pair mentors with mentees, considering both mentors profiles and the specific project needs to ensure the most optimal matches possible.
While not mandatory, we encourage mentees to sign a non-disclosure agreement with their mentors. We can provide templates if needed. Finally, if you feel that participation is not beneficial to your project, you can cancel without any legal or financial repercussions.
Some mentors may also have active roles as venture capitalists (VCs), and if both parties mutually agree to extend their collaboration beyond the confines of the mentorship network, such a development is welcomed by the Network.
The specific venue for the final event is yet to be determined. However, it is scheduled to occur in the spring of 2024 in Europe, concurrently with an innovation conference.