- Pre-seed stage companies
- Seed stage companies
- Series A companies
- Diverse and women first-time founders
- Academic/corporate spin-offs
- Non-U.S. clusters seeking pre-commercial foothold in CA
FAST California provides founders of disruptive innovative life science technology companies with a customized advisory program to perfect their business models, assess strategic focus, maximize IP and help develop a milestone and scale-up plan to exit. A group of curated advisors, each with deep domain expertise, will work with them over twelve weeks to build a compelling commercialization strategy and prepare them for an Innovation Showcase to a curated audience of potential investors and collaboration partners.
First-time founders learn what it takes to close the deal on a Seed or Series A round with venture capital funds and/or angel investors. Case study discussions and other practical tips to set up a successful funding round and strategy, including negotiation tips with lead investors and other insights in a series of five recorded workshops.
Through our Innovation Showcases and exclusive opportunities for our members at industry leading partnering and investor conferences, CLS connects early-stage innovators with funding sources, mentorship, and opportunities to present to the industry.
CLS’s Innovation Showcase (held twice a year at the conclusion of the FAST spring and fall program), creates a unique experience for the start-up community to spotlight FAST graduates and California’s entrepreneurship. Audience attendance of approximately 300+ life science stakeholders including biopharma representatives, investors, key advisors, expert service providers.
CLS offers founders several opportunities and resources to help propel their novel ideas into the next great innovation. The bi-monthly Founders Channel newsletter is designed for life science founders seeking resources, programs, thought leadership, discounts and access to networking events, and curated opportunities to support you in your fundraising quest.
CLS is also proud to sponsor Procopio’s Life Sciences CEO Connection Program, an exclusive, invite only and complimentary program designed to foster meaningful connections and support needed to address the unique challenges of leadership in the life science sector.
CLS provides non-U.S.-based clusters seeking to grow their regional economies with the resources and counsel to establish a commercial foothold in U.S. markets and connects them to the resources required to develop subsidiaries or commercial spin-offs in the United States.