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We believe that the biggest challenges facing humanity require the convergence of the sciences. This convergence is not happening fast enough or with enough clear direction.

Our vision

A venture-focused science institute.

Convergent science requires input from multiple sources. Yet, in both academia and corporate R&D, scientists operate in silos. Focusing on inventions and discoveries only allows us to access a fraction of the potential impact of science.

Our vision is to build a new kind of institution, to sit alongside Max Planck and Cold Spring, but focused completely on venture creation from day one.

An environment for audacious entrepreneurial scientists and curious technical founding teams to rapidly explore solutions to world’s challenges.

We’re not there yet, but we have started.

Our vision

A venture-focused science institute.

Convergent science requires input from multiple sources. Yet, in both academia and corporate R&D, scientists operate in silos. Focusing on inventions and discoveries only allows us to access a fraction of the potential impact of science.
Our vision is to build a new kind of institution, to sit alongside Max Planck and Cold Spring, but focused completely on venture creation from day one.
An environment for audacious entrepreneurial scientists and curious technical founding teams to rapidly explore solutions to world’s challenges.
We’re not there yet, but we have started.

Our story

We started our journey at the commercialisation arm of Imperial College.

DSV’s founders have spent nearly a decade helping to launch and grow over 50 science-driven companies. The team has had five exits, including Hark (now part of Google DeepMind) and Surreal Vision (acquired by the Oculus team at Facebook). 

We’ve learnt that science venturing has become engineering: reassembling multi-disciplinary knowledge in novel and creative ways.

There is no doubt that many game changing ventures originate from university research. However, in order to create the future that we want to see, we need a much more rapid and scalable approach to solving many of our most pressing challenges.

We’ve learnt that science venturing has become engineering: reassembling multi-disciplinary knowledge in novel and creative ways.

There is no doubt that many game changing ventures originate from university research. However, in order to create the future that we want to see, we need a much more rapid and scalable approach solving many of our most pressing challenges.

Where are we now?

2000+ applications, 300+ interviews, 53 Founders, 3% acceptance rate, 400+ ideas explored, 19 ventures built, all in really tough areas from digitally accelerated therapeutics to brain machine interfaces, 67% chance of a founder starting a venture, 20 top tier industry partnerships, 13 patents filed and 50+ leading academics working with us to build ventures from across universities from Imperial to Stanford. Here’s how we got there.

Our team

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