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Alexis Block with her HuggieBot

Alexis Block was 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania when her father passed away. …

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James Dborin first became interested in low-memory machine learning when he realised this growing academic trend could help address some of the world’s most critical problems.

In the world’s remote areas and in outer space, using AI-powered tools can be a challenge. Running large machine learning models means relying on…

Yann Frachi enjoys playing narrative video games in his spare time — from Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain and Detroit to Uncharted. Astonished by the beauty of the movie-like storytelling, he feels there’s one thing that could turn these games into truly memorable experiences: emotion.

“For me, gaming is the most…

When creating The Crouching Beggar back in 1902, Picasso painted over art by one of his earliest influences, Santiago Rusiñol of the Catalan modernisme movement. Now, British startup Oxia Palus has brought Rusiñol’s painting back to life by mapping it with machine learning and 3D printing it on canvas.


In a recent poll we ran among our newest cohort, we asked aspiring founders what their purpose was, the reason why they had decided to join the Conception X programme in the first place.

The responses were enlightening:

18% said “I’m just curious to learn more”

46% said “I’m trying…

The Rahko team

Named a top European quantum computing company to watch, Rahko originally evolved out of joint research groups at UCL, where PhD students could explore the boundaries and intersection of different technologies. It wasn’t long until the student team decided to take their research out of the academic environment and into…

Neurosalience’s prototype

Ksenia Sokolova first realised that her PhD research could be turned into a business after developing an algorithm that predicts people’s brain age from MRI scans.

“I realised that this information could be used to detect dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases early,” Sokolova says. …

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If you have an existing start-up and business plan or pitch deck, you’re ready to go.If you’re coming to this for the first time, you’re also ready to go.

The Conception X application is designed to be accessible and straightforward. …

Marc Svensson founded Helsa to support LGBTQ+ people in need through technology

As a social psychologist and PhD researcher in LGBTQ+ mental health, Marc Svensson started Helsa to help close the mental health gap affecting the LGBTQ+ community at disproportionately higher rates compared to the general population.

“Due to the heteronormative society we grow up and live in, LGBTQ+ people suffer more…

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When Conception X was launched as a small pilot within one of the largest university systems in the UK, I knew I wanted to create a different kind of space, an inclusive community of aspiring entrepreneurs with deep science backgrounds coming together and experimenting freely in a low-risk environment.


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Venture builders creating deeptech startups from leading research labs and PhD programmes around the UK.

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