Founders Institute or Bizspark: which one should I go for?

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OK, so in the last year I decided to become an entrepreneur and I have actualyl developed some Ideas + paper prototypes which has been met with approval by a lot of people. I attended some events at microsoft London HQ, as well as by Founders Institute and a business relations manager at the former + a european director for the latter both suggested applying for their accelerator programmes.

Bizspark to me looks extremely interesting as they help provide a lot of support regarding resources and teaching me / developing product (especially considering I can get £250 000 worth of azure features per year for 3 years).
also I believe microsoft doesnt allow you to be a part of another accelerator if you apply for bizspark

Founders Institute (FI) in comparison seems very useful for me now as it is a pre-seeding accelerator which specialises in helping me network, getting investors and protecting IP BUT requires me to pay 990 (£ or $, need to double check).

Also I read online that in singapore (and US) it is possible to be a part of FI but they hook you up with Bizspark, however I do not know if that is the case with the UK .

So yeah, what should I do?
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For a little more info about my project(s): I generally have 2 projects I want to develop: a social one and a healthcare one. both of which have business and consumer relevance. Microsoft was interest in the former, whereas FI was interested in the latter. Both have a lot of overlap regarding features, UI, UX and certain USPs but are generally different products.

I myself am from a healthcare background but had experience with graphic design and coding when in secondary and further education (essentially the health field I am in I cannot get much work in and spoiler, it is not psychology (psych imo is more of a social / pseudo health area).
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I would probably say ask them individually tbh. like you said, they do (in other countries) allow you to join founders institute and then join bizspark later but I would say do more research (although congrats for key people in both programmes taking interest in your stuff).

if your not a psychology grad, do you mind me asking what you are?
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Im a locum pharmacist (Ive seen on your profile your one as well - what do you think about the lack of jobs and how crap the sector / healthcare has become?)
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:lol: there seems to be a lot of pharmacists / pharmacy students on here these days (a lot of whom are disgruntled I may add).

I want to do something more clinical but am being held back by a lack of clinical experience (and for only being a registered pharmacist since November 2015). Community I cant stand with a passion but the irony is that it is what I get money from. I feel that in 10 years time, community pharmacy will be technician led and pharmacists will have (theoretically) a more clinical role supplementing a lot of services doctors provide (so pre-NHS england essentially where pharmacists did most primary care and doctors were mainyl involved in 2ndary care or more advanced primary care such as diagnosis of more than 3 fields and minor surgical interventions).

truth is however I want to switch to something like medicine or engineering if I had my way (how times change, when I did my degree, there were virtually no jobs in engineering or creative fields and tonnes in pharmacy, now its the opposite).
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dont get me started on the crap that is com pharm. thanks anyways and best of luck getting into medicine (engineering I find surprising you want to get into tbh, what sort?)
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(Original post by Anonymous)
dont get me started on the crap that is com pharm. thanks anyways and best of luck getting into medicine (engineering I find surprising you want to get into tbh, what sort?)
cheers dude/dudette & best of luck with getting on an accelerator (let me know how it goes and if you need anyone for any beta tests or anything like that, feel free to pm me )
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:lol: im a guy
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and yh, ill let you know
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