vHive Animal Health Incubator

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Advancing animal health through innovation and collaboration

The vHive Animal Health Incubator at the University of Surrey is designed to support early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in animal health by providing access to resources, training and expertise in areas such as business planning, product development and commercialisation.

The goal of the incubator is to help start-ups with new ideas to bring innovative animal health products and technologies to market faster and more efficiently. The incubator offers a range of services including lab and office space, mentorship and guidance from industry experts, and access to funding and investment opportunities. The incubator also encourages collaboration and networking between the companies, the university’s research community and members of the Animal Health Innovation Network.

In addition, the incubator also provides companies with access to cutting-edge equipment and technology, as well as exposure to industry partners and potential customers. In collaboration with SETSquared Surrey, the incubator also offers training and educational programs, such as workshops and seminars, to help companies develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the animal health market.

Benefits of joining the incubator

  • Access to leading veterinary, bioscience and related digital/data expertise including from the Animal Health Innovation Network
  • Access to specialist facilities e.g. wet laboratories, high performance computing, veterinary biobanks and sample storage
  • Inspiring and collaborative workspace, including co-working stations, meeting space (eg café/canteen), seminar series and robust IT infrastructure
  • Access to general business support teams and membership e.g. HR, finance, legal, IP
  • Access to deep animal health business expertise via bespoke seminars run by Zoetis staff (scientific, technical, regulatory, manufacturing, market, commercial etc.)
  • Access to funding – both seed funding for proof-of-concept work and larger sums for market entry and scale up
  • Being part of a community of start-ups with shared interest in advancing animal healthcare

Who can apply

  • Early-stage start-ups and small businesses focused on developing animal health products, services or technologies
  • Companies that specialise in veterinary pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostic tools
  • Biotechnology firms working on animal vaccines, gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies and other innovative therapies
  • Agritech companies developing sustainable solutions for animal nutrition and feed efficiency
  • Digital health and telemedicine companies providing remote monitoring and treatment options for animals
  • Companies focused on animal welfare and sustainability
  • Research institutions and academic groups wanting to create start-ups in animal health
  • Entrepreneurs and inventors developing integrated data solutions and analytics in animal health
  • Biomarker start-ups with animal health applications

Incubator application form

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The University of Surrey reserves the right to refuse any application at any time.