FAST Advisory Program

BayBio FAST Advisory Program

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BayBio is pleased to offer the Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Advisory Program, a team-based business advising program that connects qualified startups with the strength and experience of the world’s leading life science cluster. The program draws on a high-level team of advisors to provide experience, contacts and counsel to qualified applicants, and is made possible through the generous support of Abbott Diabetes, Bayer Healthcare, and Pfizer.

To date, two FAST program cycles have generated 804 advisory hours valued at over $200,000 for the nine companies who have been through the program.  Since participating in FAST, these companies have raised over $15.6 million. 

The FAST Advisory Program provides select entrepreneurs with the intensive team review and coaching to perfect their business model, product development plans, and to build a compelling commercialization strategy. Experienced entrepreneurs, product and business experts (which may include clinical development, regulatory, reimbursement and business development specialists) will advise selected Fellows during an 8-week program, culminating in a Final FAST Pitch Showcase to a broad audience that includes potential investors.

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Program Timeline
July 31
– Applications Due
August 11 through August 21 – Pitches to reviewers. (A chosen subset of FAST applicants will present to the FAST Review Panel)
August 22 – FAST participants selected
September 25* – FAST Opening Pitch Showcase
September 29 – November 20 – Weekly meetings between advisors and FAST participants
November 20* – Final FAST Pitch Showcase
*FAST participants need to be present on these dates

FAST Advisory Program Commitment
Fellows who apply and are selected to participate in the FAST Advisory Program must agree to participate in all aspects of the program, including the review pitch, Opening Pitch Showcase, Closing Pitch Showcase and weekly FAST Advisory appointments. Selected candidates must also commit to an active graduate participation program.