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Where is the office located?

We are located at 479 Jessie St in downtown San Francisco one block off of the Powell St BART station.

Do I have to be at IndieBio for the entire 16 week period?

Yes. We require that you be primarily based in SF. This benefits you because you can take advantage of the numerous acceleration opportunities, networking and coaching that will be provided. Indie.Bio is a major commitment, and we expect you to be present for a very intense ride!

Do I have to stay in SF when the program ends after 4 months?

No. It’s your company, so you can live where ever you’d like. Based on experience, we recommend teams stay in the Bay Area for fundraising purposes and to take advantage of the vast network of founders, industry partners, investors, and press.

I’m a single founder. Can I apply by myself, or do you only accept teams?

While we don’t discount applications just because they have a single founder, it does make things more difficult. We look for great, balanced teams who have a full range of skills. We strongly advise you to seek co-founders who balance your skill-set.

Can I apply if our company or founders are not from the USA? Can you help with Visa/immigration issues?

Yes. Anyone from anywhere can apply. You do have to be legally in California during the program, of course. Once accepted, we can help with legal/immigration issues. We have had experience with long visa delay times with certain countries and will require applicants from certain countries to arrive before other teams where visa issues have not been a problem. In order to attract investment, you should incorporate your company in the U.S.

How much funding do IndieBio companies receive?

The investment is broken into two parts. The first is a share purchase agreement of 8% for taking part in the program and a $250,000 investment (Accelerator Contract for Equity (“ACE”) at $3 million dollar valuation cap for a total package valued at $250k ($200k in Cash) in funding.

As part of the program you have access to lab space, co-working with a community of like minded teams, our huge mentor network which melds science, business and the best silicon valley has to offer. The program is designed to derisk your company in science, business and customer value proposition to help you blast your biotech startup into the stratosphere.

You will also have the opportunity to pitch to press, corporate partners, angel investors, and venture capitalists during and at the end of the program at Demo Day.

How much equity does IndieBio take?

IndieBio receives 8% equity in exchange for the share purchase agreement. The $250,000 ACE is at a 3 million dollar cap.

How do I apply for the IndieBio program?
I don’t have a company, just an idea or maybe a half built prototype, can I apply?

All you need to apply is a well thought out idea with the science worked out at least in principle and a good team (two co-founders minimum). We’ll help you with all the rest.

I already have funding, can I still apply?

Yes, we have accepted teams that have previously raised funding through venture capital, angel investors, or grants. Regardless of previous funding the IndieBio package is non-negotiable.

What kind of companies are you looking for?

We look for companies with deep scientific insights aimed at solving intractable or diffiicult problems that will impact 1B+ members of humanity. We see biology as a technology that can be applied across all verticals which can include therapeutics, the future of food, biomaterials, biological tools, diagnostics, synthetic biology, genomics, and data analysis to just name a few areas.

Companies can be based on hardware, software, or wet-biology and go straight to consumers or sell to business.

Does the IndieBio program 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.

What sort of investment opportunities will I have through IndieBio? Do you have a list of the VC attendees that were at the last demo day?

We don’t release our list of investors, which is always updating. We did an informal estimate that $40B in capital funds had come through IndieBio about 2/3 of the way through the first program if that gives an idea. It’s not clear that a list would be accurate since a livestream feed of demo day did get queries from investors as well.

What sort of control am I giving up by granting equity to IndieBio?

We don’t want any special or controlling interests in your company. For the investment for the program, we don’t ask for a board seat or for any uncommon investor rights. Our goal is to create founder driver companies that are autonomous and able to confidently make decisions for themselves.

What happens at the end of the IndieBio 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 IndieBio family and recieve support. We help teams find lab space after the program through our network and introductions.

We work to make IndieBio the premier biotech network and are always connecting our teams with potential investors, mentors, corporate partners, press, and more even once they leave the four month program.

Will we have access to a lab?

Yes. We have a wet lab in our headquarters specifically for you to 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 is the IndieBio program curriculum and experience like?

The curriculum varies from 4-6 hours a week with panels of mentors and talks about tech product production, business models, intellectual property, sales, product design. There are also assignments and milestones so that the companies can focus on their individual development. The curriculum is reviewed for redesign before every class. Founders will find that they are working on their companies steadily through the rest of the week.

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