FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS REBEL BIO?

We’re a startup accelerator focused on building global biotechnology businesses that change the world. RebelBio is part of SOSV-The Accelerator VC.
  • We recruit life sciences innovators, biomarkers and bio-entrepreneurs from all over the world at early stages of their venture. This might include a promising iGEM project, a new idea of a seasoned founder, a PhD student or Post-Doc who wants to follow their entrepreneurial dream.
  • We provide a 3 months lab accelerator with labspace with our academic partner (University College Cork (UCC), cash funding, a program value of $100’000 and assistance to raise the next round. This includes tailored and extensive scientific and technical mentorship for these critical proof-of-concept stages and beyond the program.
  • We offer an additional 4 weeks pre-accelerator before this dedicated to assisting science founders on being entrepreneurs, leading a team, determining milestones,, prepping your labwork, scaling their company, IP help, fundraising and much more.
 

WHAT SORTS OF COMPANIES DO YOU FUND?

We fund startups that set out to create a better future with biology as a technology. This means, we’re interested in commercially viable biotechnology that solves a problem, as apposed to pure research. This could be a digital health app, consumer biotechnology, bio-energy, food, novel medicines, diagnostic tools or cellular factories, hardware and bioinformatics – anything cool you can make with biology!

HOW MUCH FUNDING DO REBELBIO COMPANIES RECEIVE?

You will receive investment of $100,000 for just 8% equity in your biotech startup and you will have a world leading VC on your cap table to assist in getting follow on investment, . This investment comprises of $50,000 in cash, which can be spent on the company as you see fit  and $50,000 in programme costs which will cover all the awesome resources provided by RebelBio over the course of the programme. These resources include BSL-2 Facility, access to world class mentorship and the potential access to follow on investment via RebelBio exposure and events.

Post program companies can access a further 25k at an uncapped valuation if they meet the criteria for follow on.

You also get to access great perks such as access to RebelBio partners’ services to set up a company, have all your legal and IP questions answered, co-working spaces and much more. You’ll get early exposure to vetted investors and invaluable opportunities to make lasting business connections, receive mentorship and pitch training to take you further faster.

Of course, we’ll also throw you an amazing Demo Day! This is your big day when you can show off your fantastic successes during the accelerator and pitch to angel investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN CORK THE ENTIRE 4 MONTHS?

Yes. We require that you be primarily based Cork during the program to benefit from the programme. You’ll be able to take advantage of the numerous learning opportunities, networking, coaching and of course, make the most of the precious time in the lab – the clock is always ticking in startup world! RebelBio is a major commitment for us and for you – be prepared for a wild and life-changing ride!

I DON'T HAVE A COMPANY, JUST AN IDEA OR MAYBE A PROTOTYPE. CAN I APPLY?

Very much so. All you need to apply is an idea and a good team, but demonstrating your efforts since you had this idea helps. We’ll assist you with all the rest.