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Applications for Conception X Cohort 7 (March ‘24 start) Close 26 January

Conception X is a 9-month programme that helps PhD students to translate groundbreaking research into deeptech ventures. 


Designed to fit around your commitments as a PhD student, the programme can support you to explore entrepreneurship and accelerate a startup based on your research. 

From day one, Conception X connects you with industry experts and investors, it helps you become eligible for innovation grants, awards and venture capital funding, and access coaching as well as a wide range of networking opportunities. To date, about 360 PhD teams have joined Conception X, and its portfolio startups have raised £57 million in capital and grants.

Cohort 7 startups focusing on AI, quantum computing, robotics, biotech and other breakthrough technologies will have the chance to be considered for £100,000 in funding through the programme’s partnership with XTX Ventures.

Download the programme’s brochure or come to one of our Discovery Sessions to learn more. If you have questions, please reach out to

Applications close: 26 January 2024.




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