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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of companies/founders/projects are you looking for?

We are primed to support scientific founders and very early-stage biotechs who want to develop their business literacy while also getting hands-on expert guidance and mentorship from industry leaders and growing their industry networks.  

Specifically, we would like to see applicants that have:

  • A high potential therapeutic pipeline or platform technology
  • Access (or a clear path to) to the intellectual property that the startup is founded on
  • An interest in incorporating (if they haven’t already)

If your science or biotech doesn’t meet these criteria (or meets some of it), we encourage you to complete our Get Updates form to be notified for when our next cohort application opens.

Who is this program for?

This is for emerging founders who want the support of a community as they take the next step with their science. SCbioDrive’s network of experts, mentors, and industry stakeholders are here to support you before, during, and beyond this program.

How will my startup benefit from SCbioDrive?

Here are SCbioDrive’s benefits, which are all provided for free and with no equity taken:  

  • 6 weeks of business curriculum and individualized working sessions
  • 5 mentors who will serve as an advisory board for the course of the program; the SCbio team will help match you with mentors that fit your specific needs  
  • Business development and networking support from the SCbio team throughout the program  
  • Ecosystem visibility through SCbio networking events and an end-of-program Demo Day event, and through SCbio marketing channels  
 
What does a week in the life of a program look like?

We know that our founders are busy with academic work, research, families, and everything else, so we have worked to make this program as manageable but as high impact as possible. 

The two pillars of our 8-week program are curriculum modules and mentor meetings, which both take place weekly: 

  • Curriculum modules: We take a hybrid and asynchronous approach to our six curriculum modules, which are composed of reviewing a video about that week’s topic and participating in a 1:1 deep dive working session with that week’s topic expert(s). Each week, you will receive a video overview of the next week’s curriculum topic; you (and anyone on your team who is interested) will watch it, take notes relevant to your startup, and share any questions or topics you’d like to discuss during the 1:1 working session with the curriculum expert. During the 1:1 working session with the curriculum expert, you will have the opportunity to connect live (or hybrid) on specific topics or questions directly related to your startup.  
  • Mentor meeting: The weekly mentor meeting will function as an advisory board meeting – you will have a set time to connect with your mentor team to discuss that week’s curriculum module, provide updates on your roadmap progress over the last week, and get advice or make asks of your mentors

Here is what a sample week at SCbioDrive looks like: 

Throughout the week:

  • Continue to make progress towards the goals outlined in your program roadmap, which you’ll develop with SCbio and mentor support during the first two weeks of the program  
  • You’ll work with your mentor team to determine a consistent day and time of the week to meet that works for everyone for the eight weeks of the program

Monday (during a 1-hour timeslot between 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET):

  • 1:1 meeting with that week’s curriculum expert

Tuesday:

  • Receive next Monday’s curriculum video, which you should watch between Tuesday and Wednesday (approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour)

Thursday:

  • Prepare for the next Monday’s curriculum module by sharing any questions or agenda items you’d like to review during the 1:1 meeting 

Next Monday:

  • Start the cycle over again!
 
If I live/work outside of South Carolina (or the U.S.) can I still apply?

Absolutely! We welcome all eligible applicants. 

This is a hybrid program for a reason – we want it to be as easy as possible for all founders with great potential to harness our region’s networks and resources.

What is the application process for SCbioDrive?

To start, complete our online application. We use this application to collect basic information about you and your startup, and we expect that it will take most applicants about an hour to complete.

All applications will be anonymized and undergo a blind review process by an expert team. Select companies will be invited to participate in 1:1 interviews with our review board of industry leaders, who will select the final cohort.

What key dates should I be aware of? 

Here are the key dates for our spring 2024 program:

Key Application Dates 

  • May 1: Application for SCbioDrive Fall 24 Cohort Open  
  • June 28 : Deadline to apply for Fall 24 Cohort  
  • August 1: Applicants notified if accepted to interview round 
  • Week of August 12: Fall 24 Cohort Interviews with Review Board   
  • Week of August 26: Interviewees notified if accepted into Fall 24 Cohort  

Key Dates for F24 Cohort 

  • September 23 – November 21 : Fall 24 Cohort* 
  • November 21: Demo Day Presentations
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SCbioDrive is an accelerator program designed to advance emerging companies through expert business curricula industry guidance and mentorship.

A biannual program, SCbioDrive will select up to six seed-stage therapeutics companies for an eight-week course, consisting of seven weeks of virtual instruction followed by one week in person at SCbio facilities in Charleston, S.C.

Company founders will complete industry-specific curriculum modules, led by experts from leading companies. Each cohort will conclude with an in-person Demo Day.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.