The Collider 2019-2020

Become a founder of a disruptive startup

What are we looking for?

The Collider is a pioneering tech transfer programme that connects results of scientific research with the entrepreneurial initiative in order to create highly technological startups. The programme is designed for experienced entrepreneurs who are capable to set up operations, scale up the team and win the new markets.

The Collider programme is an immersive entrepreneurial experience that includes support from industry experts, mentorship from entrepreneurship gurus and one-to-one meetings with investors.

We offer you a unique opportunity to team up with reputable scientists from the most advanced research centres and become a founder of a disruptive tech startup with a relevant equity.  Together with your team, you will go from an idea to the development of a marketable product. Furthermore, thanks to The Collider’s ad hoc methodology, you will get all the necessary tools and support to successfully kick off the project.

                                                                                        Download rules of participation.


Will help you to find a perfect fit between your technology and current market needs

Why join?


Exclusive access to disruptive research projects


Top-tier mentors, trainers, inspirational speakers and investors


Up to 50K€ seed-capital after company incorporation


Connection to corporate and startup ecosystem at 4YFN and MWC

Technologies of the edition 2019-2020


Enhancing efficiency, accessibility and sustainability to improve people’s lives

Health & Wellness

Using data to improve delivery of care, clinical outcomes, and to drive operational efficiencies

Industry 4.0 & Utilities

Improving efficiency, productivity and safety of manufacturing and utility industries

Application process

We want to make sure that entrepreneurs and scientists easily find a common language from the first days of the programme. For this reason, we designed a process that allows us to learn more about the candidates and their backgrounds to find a perfect match between the entrepreneurs and scientific teams.


9 July - 5 September 2019

Candidates application

Step 1:

Candidates can apply for the CEO or COO roles.


6 September - 14 October 2019

Participants selection

Step 2:

Personal interviews with the most suitable candidates.


15 October - 15 November 2019

Teams Conformation

Step 3:

Bonding between entrepreneurs and scientific teams.


7 January 2020

Programme Start

Step 4:

Kick off of the Opportunity Validation stage.

Programme timeline

8 July - 5 September 2019


6 September - 15 December 2019


15 December 2019

Welcome Day

7 January - 3 April 2020

Opportunity Validation

4 April - 28 June 2020

Venture Builder

Corporate collaborators

We collaborate with various corporations to define sectorial challenges and to launch conjoint pilots.


The programme is divided into 2 main phases. The first one is called Opportunity Validation and it sees all teams trying to prove the market’s true interest in their technological solution. The second phase is called Venture Building and it hosts successful teams from the previous phase, which go through startup incorporation and development of their industry pilots.

This is NOT a regular paid job offer, but an opportunity to found your own deep-tech company. Only the teams that successfully pass the programme’s first phase, will be incorporated into a startup and receive a salary at their own discretion. The actual value for participants comes in form of company ownership, reaching up to 70% shares just for the entrepreneurial team.

We are looking for senior entrepreneurs (5-10 years) eager to tackle a new project with outstanding organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills. Also holding several years of experience in business development and team leadership. Candidates without entrepreneurial experience are encouraged to join the COO offer instead.

The Investment Committee takes place at the end of the first phase (on the 3rd April) and is formed of external and internal sectorial specialists. They will hear all project pitches and decide which ones move on to the second phase and, therefore, become a startup with The Collider’s support.

All teams endorsed by the Investment Committee will receive a seed-investment of up to 50.000€, to face incorporation and execute their industry pilots. This funding will be provided in different installments based on each team’s performance.

As part of The Collider, all participants will receive a free full pass to 4YFN and entry on the last day to the Mobile World Congress. We encourage teams to take this opportunity to arrange as many meetings possible to prove the industry’s interest in their solution.

All startups that fulfill the whole programme, become part of The Collider’s portfolio, enjoying a wide range of benefits including office space and access to the Mobile World Capital’s network of corporations, investors and experts.

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