Fundamentals is an entrepreneur development program managed by our Entrepreneur Support Team that is designed to support early, would-be entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences in St. Louis. The program provides a one-on-one, customized business learning experience for each participant.
Fundamentals is offered to clients at no cost. To register for the program we need some information from you. Click here to take the entry survey. Please select “Fundamentals” from the program list in the entry form.
The program is designed to coach and support Founders of businesses. Fundamentals conveys a broad conceptual understanding of most operational business topics and then focuses deeply on teaching certain skills and providing certain resources especially needed by company Founders including:
Fundamentals is targeted to founders wishing to start a company in the bioscience space including therapeutics products, diagnostic products, medical devices, animal and crop agriculture products; and research tools, reagents and services companies.
The Roadmap. The Fundamentals Life-Science Entrepreneur’s Roadmap is a 65 page introductory text meant to provide the basics of company start-up for Founders of life-science businesses. It was developed by BioGenerator in cooperation with The Balsa Foundation. This roughly 65-page document is designed to cover the basics of life-science company creation.
The Roadmap can be used two ways:
BioGenerator Labs. Many Fundamentals clients utilize the BioGenerator Labs, a no-cost wet lab facility provided to early stage founders and companies. Access to the Labs is provided on a merit basis.
Business Model Canvas. Fundamentals uses the Business Model Canvas as a crucial Coaching Tool. This well-known business-planning tool is best deployed well before an attempt is made at writing a business plan. The Business Model Canvas is the international standard for early stage entrepreneurial companies and is crucial to our coaching approach.
Discounted Cash Flow Model. After the Business Model Canvas has gone through several iterations and describes a viable business model in words, it’s time to describe the business in numbers to make sure it makes financial sense. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flow model.
Grants2Business. The Grants to Business (G2B) program offers training and support designed to help life-science startups develop competitive applications for business grants with a particular focus on “Small Business Investigational Research/Small Business Technology Transfer’” grants (SBIR/STTR) and other non-dilutive funding. The base G2B program is offered to Fundamentals clients on a no cost basis.
BioGenerator Grants. Fundamentals clients may receive financial support from the BioGenerator Grants program, which may pay for intellectual property strategy, market research, small proof of concept experiments, prototype development, or other key steps in business de-risking. Grants are provided on a merit basis.
Mock Panel – Every cycle, we support grant application submission by providing expert review and feedback similar to NIH study sessions.
The following are examples of companies that have participated in the Fundamentals program and gone on to secure resources in the form of non-dilutive grants, investments, revenues, or strategic partnerships.
"BioGenerator successfully coached me and my team through IP challenges, forming a new company, acquiring lab space, preparing STTR and DOD applications, securing a leadership team and our first technical hires, and much more. Their support has been critical to our early success."
– Allan Doctor, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University
Co-Founder, Kalocyte, Inc.