FAST Advisory Program
The FAST Advisory Program provides select entrepreneurs with intensive team review and coaching to perfect their business model, product development plans, and to build a compelling commercialization strategy. CLSI is able to draw from a network of over 425 industry veterans to provide these advisory services. Experienced entrepreneurs, product, and business experts (which may include clinical development, regulatory, reimbursement, and business development specialists) will advise selected Fellows during a ten-to-twelve week program, culminating in a Final FAST Showcase to a broad audience that includes potential investors and partners.
Since launching in Fall 2013, FAST program cycles have generated over 8000 advisory hours valued at over $1,900,000 for the 79 companies who have been through the program. Since participating in FAST, these companies have raised $1.9 billion and created 500 new jobs, more than tripling their workforce. Thirty of these companies have secured Series A investments, 20 have concluded strategic partnerships.
Application to the FAST program is on a rolling basis.
Spring 2021 FAST Timeline
March 22, 2021 – Program starts
June 22, 2021 – Spring FAST Closing Showcase
New FAST MedTechColor Track Fall 2021
As part of the CLSA/CLSI Racial & Social Equity Initiative and a new collaboration with MedTechColor, CLSI will select one of the California startup entrants of the 2021 MedTechColor Pitch Competition for the first FAST MedTechColor track in our Fall 2021 program. This company will join the Fall 2021 FAST cohort in receiving customized advisory services from a team of industry veterans from September to December 2021. Email FASTSF@califesciences.org if you would like to receive an invitation to our startup company showcases.
For more information, please email FAST@califesciences.org or call 650-871-3269.
Executive Director, Innovation Services
Senior Director, Innovation Services
Previous FAST Bay Area Companies