FAQ


investment

HOW CAN WE GET FUNDING FOR OUR COMPANY?

Apply here – Our application process is simple and painless!

HOW MUCH FUNDING DO REBELBIO COMPANIES RECEIVE?

We have a standard deal – we’ll invest £100,000 in return for 9.8% of the company’s equity. Our deal is a £60,000 cash and £40,000 in program value. There is the potential for an optional £100,000 Convertible Loan Note available to a select number of “superstar” companies that successfully complete the program, at the discretion of the General Partner.


WHAT SORT OF CONTROL AM I GIVING UP BY GRANTING EQUITY TO REBELBIO?

We don’t want any special or controlling interests in your company. We don’t ask for a board seat or for any uncommon investor rights. Our goal is to create founder driven companies that are autonomous and able to confidently make decisions for themselves, but not afraid to ask for support when they need it.

WILL YOU SIGN AN NDA? HOW DO I KNOW YOU WON’T STEAL MY IDEA?

No, we won’t sign an NDA as we have an ongoing fidelity agreement with any prospective applicants or company in our portfolio which means we don’t talk about your company or idea with anyone but you. No venture firm would sign an NDA at this stage. Check out why.

Can you recommend other investors who might be interested in our idea?

When you refer someone to an investor, you’re also recommending them, and you can’t recommend people you don’t know unfortunately.


eligibility & Application

When’S THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The deadline to apply to Cohort VIII is August 1st. It’s best to apply as early as possible & without hesitation so you can be interviewed early as it helps your chances of success.

Do you fund startups that are not from the UK?

Yes. We invest globally.

WE DON’T REALLY NEED THE MONEY. DOES IT STILL MAKE SENSE TO APPLY?

Money is only a small part of what we do at RebelBio. You can check out what our founders have to say here.

WE’VE ALREADY BEEN WORKING ON OUR STARTUP FOR A WHILE. IS REBELBIO RIGHT FOR US?

Companies at the early stage are an ideal candidate for our program. We are a perfect fit for startups that haven’t already raised a Series A round from a VC.

We don’t have a PhD in our team, can we still apply?

Yes.

Do you only fund Life Sciences startups?

We invest in science-based companies. That includes: HealthTech & Digital Health, Biotech, MedTech, Computational Biology, Neurotech and Regenerative Medicine, Therapeutics, Future Food and AgTech, and Biomaterials.

 

Can a single person apply for funding?

Our advice is that one-person startups are tough and you’re more likely to succeed with a co-founder/ team. Check out our social media to see when our next events are, you might meet your co-founder there.

 

I have a great idea for a startup, but I’m not technical. If i apply will you still fund me?

We’ll consider funding you, but the likelihood of selection is better if you have a technical cofounder already on your team. It’s much better if you find one yourself through your network than if we introduce you to someone. Teams thrown together for the purpose of starting a startup usually fall apart under stress pretty quickly. You need some kind of personal connection in order to flourish.

Someone has already given us funding. Can we still apply?

Sure. Its great you have generated some investor traction already!

DO WE NEED TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN?

Not for us. We make investment decisions based on our application form and interviews.

What are some common misconceptions about applying to RebelBio?

We wrote about some here and what are the best strategies to get funded by us here.


program

What is the RebelBio Program curriculum and experience like?

It’s a 3 month intensive journey where we work together, de-risking your company, defining your product (1st month), building a business on top of it (2nd month) and finding you the right potential investors (3rd month). We will pair you with mentors and advisors that can help you take your company to the next level and intro you to people that will hopefully change the course of your company.

Do I have to be at RebelBio for the entire 12 week period?

Yes. We require that you be primarily based in London during the program. This gives you the opportunities to take full advantage of the numerous acceleration opportunities, networking events and coaching.

Will we have access to a lab?

Yes. You’ll have access to the Imperial College White City Incubator Lab to specifically build your technology and your product. While the rent and access to the equipment is free, you will have to pay for your disposable plastics, reagents, cell lines and other consumables.

What should I expect from the Program as an international founder?

Here are some thoughts from an international RebelBio founder, of which there are many. You could get some perspective from someone who has experienced life as a rebel.

What happens at the end of the RebelBio Program, am I on my own?

Teams have to move out of our lab and co-working space, but continue to be part of the RebelBio community and receive support. We help teams find lab space after the program through our network and introductions.

We work to make RebelBio the premier global life sciences network and are always connecting our teams with potential investors, mentors, affiliates, corporate partners, press, and more.


location

Where are you based?

We are based in London, at the Imperial College London’s White City Incubator.

London is an exciting city brimming with culture & history and a fun nightlife. London is part of the Golden Triangle (Oxford, Cambridge & London) containing some of the worlds leading universities with deep expertise in commercial life sciences research & engineering.

Do you provide housing?

We don’t provide accommodation. However, we will connect you with other teams in the cohort and generally help in pointing you to viable options.

Do we have to be UK citizens?

No, as long as you can get here for at least three months. We’ve funded many startups founded by non-European founders & we have great connections within the UK Government through the Department of International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Program who can help expedite visas.

Can you get us visas?

We have a good relationship with the Department of International Trades Global Entrepreneur Program, visas applications may be expedited provided you comply with the requirements from the visa office.

Getting a visa for the 3 months of RebelBio should not be a major issue and extensions are also permitted through the relevant immigration bureau channels.

What’s your relationship to imperial college?

We have a great relationship with Imperial College and our office and lab are in their campus, but we do not have any formal partnership beyond that. We can equally invest in companies tied to Imperial as well as any other university.