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Start-Up Stadium

Start-Up Stadium was designed to provide start-up companies with the opportunity to engage key members of the investment community, venture philanthropy groups, strategic partners, and non-dilutive capital at the world’s largest biotechnology event.

This opportunity will continue as part of BIO Digital, providing an  experience where stakeholders provide feedback and judge 6 minute pitches presented by start-up biotech companies.

30 start-ups will be featured to drive stakeholders and start-ups to engage and explore potential synergies for cutting edge achievements as a part of BIO Digital. Meet with these companies in BIO One-on-One Partnering!

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Start-Up Stadium Finalists Announced

The results are in! Here are the 30 finalists for the 2020 Start-Up Stadium Program. 

Meet these companies in BIO One-on-One Partnering and watch timely, on-demand pitches during BIO Digital Week.


April 6 – April 24: First-round review and scoring
April 29 – May 1: Finalists identified, informed, and announced
May 15: Finalist companies must register for BIO Digital for $600
May 22: Six-minute presentation submission
June 1 – 12: Finalist pool review - judges provide feedback and score
June 22: Winners announced!

BIO 2018 Start-Up Stadium Pitch

How Does it Work?

During BIO Digital, stakeholder judges across the biotechnology landscape will view start-up presentations and engage in Q&A/feedback with the finalists. 

After BIO Digital, BIO will collect feedback from start-ups and judges, announce winners, and analyze the increased engagement between stakeholders and early-stage communities. In late July, BIO will follow up with finalists for product and investment status and share our finalists’ success!


BIO 2020 Start-Up Stadium Prizes

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BIO Prize
Provided by BIO
A one-year membership to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

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Innovation Prize
Provided by Illumina Accelerator
Illumina Accelerator will provide each winner of the 2020 Startup Stadium program with a “fast-track” accelerator application with guaranteed interview, a nomination into the final selection phase for a $10,000 sequencing grant, and a one-hour coaching session. 

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Venture Investor Prize
Provided by Objective Capital Partners
Winning companies receive a private, one-hour advisory discussion with a major biotech venture capital firm (six winners in total).

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Venture Investor Prize
Provided by H.I.G. Capital
Winning companies receive a private, one-hour advisory discussion with a major biotech venture capital firm (six winners in total).

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Legal IP Prize
Provided by Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Each of the 6 winners will receive four hours of complimentary legal services in a specific legal area in which we practice).  Any complimentary legal services are subject to Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s standard conflicts check and normal engagement processes.

Nareg Sagherian
Nareg Sagherian
Managing Director, Investor Relations & Programming