IMAGINE IF! Accelerator Launch and Entrepreneurial Networking Evening

Thursday, March 05th 2020

Oxford BioEscalator Innovation Building Oxford OX3 7FZ United Kingdom

18:00 – 20:30 (GMT)

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Do you have a scientific idea with the potential to become an entrepreneurial success?

How would bespoke mentorship from leaders in the Oxford ecosystem - tailored to both your needs and timetable - propel your idea to the next stage?

What if you had the opportunity to pitch at the global IMAGINE IF! competition in Barcelona to a panel of international investors?


Join Innovation Forum Oxford at the Oxford BioEscalator for the launch of IMAGINE IF! 2020 on March 5th. The evening will feature talks from previous IMAGINE IF! finalists and mentors as well as the opportunity to network with like minded innovators and businesses from the Oxford area.


You can read more about previous local and global winners Oxford BioMe and how important IMAGINE IF! was to their success here.



18:00          Registration, drinks and canapés

18:30          Talk: Bringing an Innovative Idea to Life .

                    Michalis Papadakis, founder and CEO of Brainomix

19:00          Launch of IMAGINE IF! 2020 Health and Life Sciences Accelerator

19:15          Networking and speed pitching

20:30          Close


About IMAGINE IF! 2020

IMAGINE IF! is a global accelerator with a dedicated program of mentorship and the opportunity to pitch to an investor panel to win non-dilutive capital and six-month’s lab space. The competition is run by Innovation Forum as Local Finals tied to Innovation Forum branches (like Oxford) and a Global Final of winners from across the globe.


IMAGINE IF! is unique in providing a tailored mentoring program to all local finalists to develop entrepreneurial ideas and pitches with the seasoned expertise of those who have seen this journey many times. Oxford finalists will also be particularly well-supported with access to our successful ACE-Saturday workshops.



Dr Michalis Papadakis is a founder and CEO of Brainomix, an award-winning University of Oxford spin-out. Building the company from the ground up, he has significant experience in start-ups and disruptive innovation. He has led the development, regulatory clearance and commercialisation in 25 countries worldwide of AI-based medical imaging, decision support software for stroke diagnosis and treatment. He has secured and managed more than £11 million of private investment and public funding. He was the Scientific Director of the preclinical stroke lab at the University of Oxford and has a PhD in neurosciences from UCL School of Pharmacy. He has been an invited speaker at international stroke conferences and has mentored emerging teams at international innovation competitions.

IMAGINE IF! 2020 Program Schedule

15th April: Application closing date for IMAGINE IF! Oxford

April – June: Oxford finalists mentorship

25th June: Oxford Pitching Finals

June-October: Oxford winners selected for global mentorship and pitch prep

26th October: Global pitching final in Barcelona


More information on how to apply to IMAGINE IF! is available here.


We look forward to seeing you soon!



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