Discovering the Future
An entrepreneurial program aimed to generate ideas and develop (incubate and accelerate) startup companies from them.
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General Information
About the program

Our InVent innovative venture building program, implemented jointly with Aston University within the Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme framework funded by the British Council, aims to build startup teams from independent entrepreneurially minded individuals. The teams will then go through a uniquely designed 15-week venture development program. Eventually, successful teams will form startup companies, focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) ideas provided by FAST and by our partners. These companies will compete for $5,000 seed prizes, and the highlight of the program will be a final pitch to the Science and Technology Angels Network (STAN) for early-stage funding.

Participants can expect the following:

  • Structured skill-enhancing program,
  • Tailored mentorship, coaching and advising from high caliber professionals,
  • Access to a coworking space at FAST Creative Campus,
  • Final pitch to access angel funding through the Science and Technology Angels Network (STAN).
InVent stages

  • Exploration
  • Idea validation
  • Prototyping
  • Pitching
  • Funding and growth
  • Ongoing mentorship

Week program
Prototype funding
Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the FAST InVent program, the ideal applicant would:

  • Be passionate about science, technology, and innovation,
  • Have previous exposure to entrepreneurship,
  • Have skills and/or understanding of AI/ML or Programming,
  • Be committed and available for the 15-week program (twice a week on-campus engagement in the evenings, ongoing hybrid (online+onsite) sessions/coaching),
  • Be a creative thinker with a visionary and optimistic outlook (you will have to demonstrate this through your CV and during the interview),
  • Have positive teamwork experience,
  • Have English language proficiency (at least on a professional communication level).