Attention all life science start-ups: get help here!
The WIN Mentoring Program gives promising early stage Washington Life Science and Global Health ventures world class advice and assistance through their most critical stages.
In this milestone-focused program, entrepreneurs are matched with an all-star team of seasoned volunteer advisors. Entrepreneurs receive professional advice from teams of professionals with deep and diverse expertise in commercialization and business execution.
WIN is modeled after two successful programs: MIT Venture Mentoring Service and Chicago Innovation Mentors, and was adapted to the unique needs of the Washington Life Science and Global Health community.
The purpose of this meeting is to hear about your company, learn whether it fits into the scope of technologies we have expertise in among our mentors, and for you to learn more about the program and whether it might be a good fit for you.
If selected, you will be asked to complete a short application and submit an executive summary. Applications are solicited quarterly.
Attend Screening Committee meeting to pitch to mentors: 10 min pitch, 15 min Q&A. The committee is composed of mentors who will evaluate the pitch and provide recommendations.
Mentors hold a mentor-only meeting following the screening committee. During this meeting, the mentors will vote on which companies they wish to admit to the program as well as volunteer to participate as part of a team.
Once assembled, the ventures are notified of their mentor team and attend an on-boarding session.
Initially, teams meet on average every 6 weeks and then at longer intervals as needed.
Companies graduate from the program when they have accomplished the milestones set upon entrance to the program.
“The WIN Program jump started our Seattle life science network with a group of knowledgeable, experienced, and well-networked mentors. The transition from academia to starting a life science company is a daunting one and our WIN mentors provided the early candid feedback that accelerated our path to identifying key value propositions and developing what we hope is a viable business model. In addition to their advice, some of our mentors became tremendous advocates for our company and reached out to their network to solicit customer discovery interviews and potential partnerships. We would definitely recommend Life Science Washington’s WIN Program to any new WA state startup working in the life sciences.” David Younger, CEO
“Being accepted into the Life Science Washington Institute (LSWI) Washington Innovation Network (WIN) program was tremendous for us. As a start-up biotechnology company with good science but limited business experience, we were paired with a group of mentors with deep experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and business/corporate development. Our mentors helped guide/refine our business and corporate strategy and made connections as external expertise was needed. In addition, we received good feedback and input regarding our Series Pre-A financing – I don’t want to imagine where we would be without their advice. I encourage anyone who is considering starting or has started a biotechnology company, or any company in the spectrum of healthcare, to engage with LSWI.”
Tae Han, PhD
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mentor & Program Statistics
“The WIN Mentoring Program provided my company with a lot of information that would have been difficult to get anywhere else.”