Founder of a Science Start-up

Deep Science Ventures

The Role

  • Take part in a 6-month science venture building programme with the intent of starting your own company
  • Get £50k investment from DSV to start your own science start-up
  • Work with 30 multidisciplinary scientists / engineers and a team of business mentors to identify critical problems (in industries such as healthcare, food and agriculture, manufacturing, transport, pharma, clean energy, new materials, etc.) with a substantial market opportunity


  • £1,250 stipend for the first 3 months
  • £50,000 investment for a 10% equity stake into your company after the first 3 months. We also follow with an additional £50k convertible note into the most promising teams. 

DSV Founder profiles


  • At least a Masters, preference for PhD (in 3rd year or > only) or Postdoc from a top university in EU or US

In one or more fields relating to STEM (science, engineering, technology, mathematics or medicine)


  • Currently in final year of Masters/PhD/Postdoc (awards and/or published papers are a plus)
  • Or working at a fast-growing SME in science or tech space > 2 years
  • Or working at respected organisation in science / engineering space > 2 years (e.g. J&J, GSK) in technical or strategic role rather than marketing, finance etc.
  • Or working at a top or boutique management consultancy for >1 and
  • Or engineering role in a bank only if paired with other interests / awards.Some sort of Founder experience in the past is good


Can demonstrate specialist skills related to science and/or engineering e.g. ‘T-Cell immunotherapy’, ‘Computer vision’, ‘Protein purification’ ‘Mechanical engineering’ ‘Synthetic biology’ ‘Robotics’ ‘Quantum computing’ etc.


  • Solving massive challenges
  • Creating meaningful positive global impact with science
  • Shaping future industries with innovation and new technology/research commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship

About DSV

Deep Science Ventures is a venture builder and a venture capital fund that helps scientists and engineers to start their own businesses at any stage of their career. Our focus is on creating the right environment for you to maximise your potential and optimise for the success of starting a science-driven company.

We fund individuals joining the programme pre-team, pre-idea for up to 6 months, giving them the opportunity to focus on problem exploration, ideation, team formation, and customer discovery, adding carefully designed entrepreneurial training and expert mentoring. 

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