Innovation Forum Cambridge – IMAGINE IF! Competition

Yizhou Yu Written by Yizhou Yu
Published on 01 October 2020
2 min. read

Registration for the IMAGINE IF! Accelerator is now open!

IMAGINE IF! is a leading global competition and pre-acceleration program for science-based ventures. It provides early-stage science startups with extensive opportunities to take your venture to the next level: tailored mentorship, the potential to secure non-dilutive capital, free advice from leading professional service companies and rapid networking across the Innovation Forum’s platform.

Participants will first compete on a local level and the local winners will get the opportunity to pitch in our global conference. The finals for the local Cambridge IMAGINE IF! will occur on the 5 May 2021, at 5 PM UK time. 

How does it work?

Local Innovation Forum branches will organize a pre-acceleration program of workshops. By the end of the program, all teams should have a stronger business plan and pitch in front of a local Dragons’ Den-style panel. The best teams from the local competition will enter the global IMAGINE IF! where they’ll receive training from the best international experts and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Apply to IMAGINE IF! and get:

  • Tailored workshops 
  • Mentoring from top local and international industry leaders
  • Pitch in front of leading European investors
  • International networking opportunities
  • The chance to improve the world through scientific innovation!

For more information about the competition, please visit 

Please email [email protected] for any question or advice on applying! 


  1. 15 December 2020: Application deadline. All applications are made via the common online submission portal. The top 10 applications will be selected for the round of mentoring. 
  2. January 2021 – April 2021: Mentoring. The top 10 teams will be assigned one or more high-profile mentors. By the end of this phase, all teams need to submit a finalised business plan and a 3-minute video pitch. 
  3. 5 May 2021: Local finals. The Innovation Forum Cambridge local IMAGINE IF! finals will occur on the 5 May 2021, at 5:00 pm. The local winner will progress to compete against winners from other Innovation Forum branches. More information on the global competition can be found here: 


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