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June 8-12, 2020

Start-Up Stadium

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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.

During BIO Digital Week, stakeholders provided feedback and judged 6 minute pitches presented by start-up biotech companies.

30 start-ups were featured to drive stakeholders and start-ups to engage and explore potential synergies for cutting edge achievements as a part of BIO Digital.

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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 viewed start-up presentations and engaged 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.