A year-long program made possible by the Tory Burch Foundation.
The Tory Burch Fellowship at the IGI supports a woman entrepreneur in leading, growing, and scaling a business in genomics. We welcome applications from transgender and non-binary women.
“Women are underrepresented in scientific research and also less likely than men to commercialize their discoveries. They face the same barriers that women entrepreneurs typically face, including limiting stereotypes and a lack of access to capital, education and networks. This Fellowship program is the Tory Burch Foundation’s first contribution to the vital issue of women in STEM and we could not be more thrilled to be partnering with brilliant, trailblazing Jennifer Doudna and the Innovative Genomics Institute.” – Tory Burch
Benefits from the Tory Burch Foundation:
- Participation in one-year Fellowship with the Tory Burch Foundation that includes virtual education programming, workshops, and business guidance
- $5,000 grant for business education
- Access to private online peer community
Benefits from the IGI and UC Berkeley resources:
- The network of cutting-edge IGI researchers
- The UCB entrepreneurial ecosystem and resources for educating entrepreneurs, commercializing research, and advancing startups
- A $5,000 education grant, matching the funds from the Tory Burch Foundation
- $20,000 in research supplies
- March 22, 2021, 11:59 pm where submitted: Applications close
- April 2021: Fellow is selected and notified
- June 2021: Fellowship starts
Eligibility & Applicant Criteria
- A woman entrepreneur who owns either a majority stake (51% or more) in a qualifying business, or owns the largest or equal stake in a qualifying business that is 100% owned and controlled by women. IGI welcomes applications from transgender and non-binary women.
- Applicant must manage the qualifying business on a day-to-day basis.
- Applicant must be 21 years or older as of the application due date (March 22, 2021).
- Applicant must be proficient in English.
Qualifying Business Criteria
- For-profit, pursuing genomics-related activities
- Early-stage (one to five years of operations preferred) with at least one Minimum Viable Product
- Formed under United States law and operating in the United States
While you will be asked to report your revenues in the application form, generating revenues is NOT an eligibility criterium of this program.
Not Eligible for this Program
- Nonprofit organizations
- Idea-stage ventures
- Subsidiary businesses or franchises
Apply online using this form. Besides contact information, applicants will be asked to provide:
- A personal statement
- A résumé
- A business plan or pitch deck in pdf. format. The plan or deck should address the following questions:
- Why is your team uniquely qualified to grow your startup?
- What problem are you trying to solve, and how does your product/service/technology uniquely solve this problem?
- How many potential customers are there and how large is the market?
- Tell us about your competitors and explain why you are dramatically differentiated from them.
- What is your traction? How much monthly revenue/users do you currently have, and how quickly are you growing? If relevant, please include historical data on revenue/users. Describe your data/indications.
- The Proposed Use of Education Grant and Research Supplies Funding
- A headshot in jpg. or png. format. The required photograph will be used by the Tory Burch Foundation for purposes of public announcement and promotion, and entry into the Program constitutes consent to such use.
- Business and/or product photos or video. A public YouTube/Vimeo URL to show how your product or service works is preferred. We will not accept products or samples for consideration with the application.
- At least one business reference
Please use jpg. or png. format for pictures. Please use pdf. format for business plan/pitch deck. For technical support, please reach out to email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed by an IGI Review Committee. External experts, selected by the Review Committee, will be called upon if necessary. The Review Committee will take into consideration multiple scientific and non-scientific factors, including, but not limited to:
- How the business creates a positive and lasting impact and how scalable it is
- What unique factors differentiate the business and how innovative it is. If the applicant has filed any patent applications and what distinguishes the applicant’s intellectual property from her competitors.
- What problems the applicant is trying to solve
- How the business reflects the applicant’s passion
- The substance and quality of the applicant’s business plan and approach.
- What obstacles the applicant has overcome
- The applicant’s investment opportunities
- How the Fellowship will help the applicant lead, scale, and grow their business.
- The extent to which the project can contribute to the mission of the IGI, and how the applicant will contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A small group of applicants may be selected for a video interview. Notification of the Fellowship award will be made to the selected applicant in April 2021. Applicants whose submissions are declined will be informed as promptly as possible. We are unable to provide feedback and discuss applications before, during, or after the application period.
The Fellow will benefit from the resources provided by the Tory Burch Fellows program and will consequently follow all the terms and conditions of the 2021 Tory Burch Foundation Fellows program that are not related to the application.
- Applicants must fully complete and submit all data requested in the application in the required format in order to be eligible. Applications, including photos or videos, that do not comply with these terms and conditions and/or are incomplete or inaccurate will be void, eliminated, and not eligible for consideration.
- By submitting an application, the applicant represents that the materials submitted are original and have been created by the applicant and/or that all necessary rights have been secured and disclosed in the event they were developed by others
- Applications will be accepted by online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Limit one entry per person. Only allow one entrepreneur per business may apply.
- Reporting: The Fellow will be required to submit a one-page report to the IGI at the end of the Fellowship as well as participate in IGI-sponsored meetings and retreats.
- Research and safety compliance: if applicable, the Fellow will be required to hold approval documentation for use of biological material and/or animals, and agree to adhere to specified safety standards.
- The Fellow will be subject to any California rules and UC policies. Ownership of intellectual property will follow established UC policy.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or technical issues.
Founded by designer Tory Burch, the Tory Burch Foundation empowers women and entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and digital resources. Learn more here.