This is a sponsored interview, by the Merck Accelerator program. In this interview, we talk to Munya Chivasa (https://www.linkedin.com/in/munya-chivasa-72a9a3b/), head of the Merck Accelerator.
This time the accelerator has a new application phase open until August 25th, 2019. Merck is looking for startups in the areas of Bio-Sensing and Interfaces, Liquid Biopsy, Clean Meat, or AI-enabled health solutions. You can apply here: https://www.merckgroup.com/en/research/innovation-center/accelerator/hq-program.html
In the past, we talked to many of the startups of the accelerator program. You can find all the interviews here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHJfUAZyntU&list=PLUbiCAQc22WtH8HnTZ6FJxVw5rV1i8Ntj
The Merck Accelerator is not a classic accelerator but a collaboration-maker: “You could find anything from a supplier, a customer or a project partner in Merck”, explains Munya – Head of the Merck Accelerator.
At Merck´s futuristic Innovation Center situated in the company’s headquarters in Darmstadt, the Merck Accelerator team supports startups from the very beginning: Enabling the right connections at Merck and developing a visionary partnership. Over the course of three months, together they explore the unexplored and welcome startups as part of their community of curious minds.
Which kind of startups are they looking for? They are interested in startups breaking new boundaries in the fields of Liquid Biopsy, Bio-Sensing & Interfaces, Clean Meat and other company core areas, such as Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials. The goal: to join forces in order to co-create solutions and make an impact in tackling the challenges of humanity.
Watch the full interview and apply now for the next Merck Accelerator intake in 2020! Applications are open until the 25th of August 2019.
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