Celsius: Ocean Synthetic Biology Pre-Accelerator | January 2022 | Pod#1

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Does your startup have a discovery in Synthetic Biology, which can be used in the oceans, or comes from the oceans, and saves the planet?

Braid Theory is looking for Synthetic Biology startups and solutions which have an application in Ocean, Marine and Maritime for our Pre-Accelerator program, beginning in January 2022

  • The Pre-Accelerator follows a 60-day curriculum-based instructional and milestone approach, with 6 additional months of support

  • We are focused on industries and adjacencies in the Blue Economy, where Braid Theory has been a long established leader and expert, with a proven track record of success with startups and scale-ups, and can provide exceptional value, domain expertise, and connections to industry

  • Startups will work with a team of advisors and instructors on reaching milestones, to accelerate business growth, that puts teams on a path to commercialization

  • Work with Braid Theory's market partners to find a path forward for your technology

  • Access to our unique waterfront facility, located at the AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles campus, which includes a Synthetic Biology Lab, a Biochemistry Lab and a comfortable Coworking Space

  • Access to our MOANA Angel Network in Blue Economy, and other connections to seed and venture capital, other funding including grants, and sources of undiluted capital

  • Package of services valued at over $300,000, including use of lab space and instruments, legal services package, perks and program support

  • A 3% warrant is taken in each company accepted into the program, for 3 years

  • No fees are associated with the program

  • Technology and science founders from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply

  • Startups may be selected from university teams conducting research or entertaining a commercialization pathway for their discoveries and ideas


Startups should be working on key scientific research and application around four key areas: 
  • New Materials
  • Food Supply
  • Healthcare
  • BioEnergy

Startups should have a a strong technology and market readiness
  • TRL 3-5
  • MRL 3-5

Teams should be prepared to focus on these three areas when accepted into the program, for company success
  • Strong and defensible IP
  • Business model
  • Product-market fit 

Teams should:
  • Have at least one PI (Principal Investigator) co-founder
  • Have at least one EL (Entrepreneurial Lead) co-founder
  • At least two founders must be full-time
  • Teams do not have to be located in the US to apply, however, they should be prepared to move into the lab space located in Los Angeles, no later than December 2021, unless they are established in another lab space (let’s discuss)
  • Have at least a beta/prototype and/or a proof-of-concept level product, to create an MVP (not just a procedure, protocol, or an idea phase)

Teams will be chosen on the basis of:
  • Uniqueness of concept
  • Meeting several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Be a Synthetic Biology solution to a real world problem

Not sure you qualify? Reach out to us with any questions you may have regarding eligibility requirements, and if you’re the right fit. We’d like to hear from you!


Deadlines for January 2022 Pod#1 Applicants:  
  • Applications close December 17, 2021
  • Interviews with finalists will be conducted December 20 - December 23, 2021
  • Applicants are notified of admission by January 3, 2022.
  • Cohort start date: January 17, 2022

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