2021 Start-Up Stadium Winner!


Kayothera is targeting novel biology to reverse immune suppression and change the paradigm of cancer treatment by extending survival for patients with incurable cancers. We have developed first-in-class, orally available immunotherapies targeting a previously undruggable pathway that is responsible for immune suppression in solid cancers. In particular, our immunotherapeutic approach has the potential to treat soft-tissue sarcomas that currently have no effective standard of care. Press Release Available Here



Start-Up Stadium is 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 partnering event. During BIO Digital 2021, cutting-edge start-ups from around the world will share a quick pitch on the BIO Innovation Stage showcasing new technologies and therapeutic solutions to a panel of investor judges, followed by live interactive networking.

Start-Up Stadium Sponsored by:

How Does it Work?

  1. For BIO Digital 2021, stakeholder judges across the biotechnology landscape will view live start-up presentations in the new Innovation Stage and engage in Q&A/feedback with the finalists. 
  2. After the event, BIO will collect feedback from start-ups and judges, announce winners, and analyze the increased engagement between stakeholders and early-stage communities. 
  3. In late July 2021, BIO will follow up with finalists for product and investment status and to share our finalists’ success.

BIO 2021 Start-Up Stadium Prizes


BIO Prize
Provided by BIO
A one-year complimentary membership to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) to explore opportunities to engage in BIO’s policy work, receive savings at BIO events, and access discounts through BIO Business Solutions.


Innovation Prize
Provided by Illumina Accelerator
Illumina Accelerator will provide each winner of the 2021 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. 

Typical Requirements for Applicants
  • Raised less than $10 million since inception
  • Fewer than 20 full-time employees
  • Previous business pitch or competition experience
  • Must not be a previous Start-Up Stadium winner