We encourage you to look through them in advance of applying through our form: You can find the questions here.
We care about supporting passionate and dedicated people with audacious ideas to improve the world around them. We want to help you grow your ideas into a success.
In the long run, our goal is to generate an ecosystem of innovators and investors that work together to solve challenges. This is our first step.
To us, impact is a positive, lasting, and relevant change on the lives of people.
Through our application form right here. The first stage of the application is entirely online.
The requirements to apply are:
Primera Impact is looking for those audacious ideas dedicated to solving major problems within and related to our focus areas. We care about passionate teams and novel solutions, and above all, the potential for impact.
Please submit one application only. We do not encourage you to submit multiple applications.
No, incorporation is not necessary to apply and will not directly disadvantage you. However, if you advance as a finalist, incorporation will be necessary to receive equity funding.
Unfortunately we are not accepting applicants from not-for-profits at this time. We are considering this actively for future years.
We expect applicants at a range of development levels and therefore encourage you to apply no matter what stage you are in. Having a prototype or technology will advantage you in the application process. However, startups will also be evaluated for the merit of their ideas relevant to the problem they hope to solve, the quality of their team, and the potential for impact.
You are very welcome to apply.
Yes, we’ll consider applications from anywhere in the World. However, we are currently particularly focused on the UK and Europe (including Turkey).
Your startup must be based (i.e. registered, or intend to be registered) in Europe (including the UK and Turkey). However, you can operate anywhere and intend to access markets anywhere in the world.
This will depend entirely upon the stage of your business (including your technology and team), your total funding requirements, and the problem you are trying to solve. We care about working with you and your team, and we will make sure our funding decisions reflect this.
Equity winners will receive:
Yes - we are consciously aware that most competitions do not offer any long-term support to the startups they invest in. At Primera Impact, when we invest in you, we intend to build a long-term relationship and support your long-term goals. Therefore, our parent fund, Primera Capital, is committed to supporting successful investments as they progress.
Unlike many competitions, we are very focussed on both impact and return. We care about ideas that will improve the world, not just make money. We also see the value in building closer relationships with academia and the investment world.
Additionally, we are backed by very serious partners and we want to build a long-term relationship. No applicant - winner or not - will be forgotten by us after the competition ends.
Cambridge has been at the centre of innovation and discovery for the past 800 years. It has excelled especially within the life sciences and health-technology innovation. Recent highlights include the discovery of the structure of DNA; both Sanger sequencing and modern-day high-throughput sequencing; Europe’s first liver transplant; and monoclonal antibody technology.
We think there is a lot of missed opportunity that can be accessed by a collaboration between San Francisco and Cambridge.
Please feel free to email us at email@example.com. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.