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Iceni Magazine | July 3, 2022

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Turn Your Science Background into a Startup

Turn Your Science Background into a Startup

A lot of people with a background in science never consider starting their own businesses because they believe that a life spent working in labs or academia is the only route available to them.

The fact of the matter is we all need more scientists to start business in order to drive forward technology, make new advances and create products and services that are forward-thinking and ground-breaking.

If you are a scientist and you’re looking to start a new company, but you don’t know what to do or where to start, here are a few ideas that may help to inspire you.

Chemical Manufacturing 

Various industries from healthcare to the automotive industry require chemicals to enable them to do what they do best, and many of them would more than welcome brand new formations that improve efficiency, lead to a better success rate, and …well you get the idea. So, if you have a background in chemistry, setting up a chemical manufacturing company could be just the idea you have been looking seeking for your start-up. Of course, you’ll have a lot of stiff competition, but if you’re serious about making it a success and you know your stuff, there is no reason why you could not compete.

Artificial Intelligence

In 2021, we are automating more business and personal processes than ever before. This means there has never been more opportunities to launch a science-based start-up that deals with virtual reality, artificial intelligence and even robotics. AI will help us all to live more effective, efficient lives with less labour and bigger profits, which men it is always going to be in high demand and if you have the skills to bring new forms of artificial intelligence and automation to fruition you could make a lot of money by doing so.

Medical testing

The coronavirus pandemic has shown us just how important medical testing is for the continued health ad prosperity of us all, so there perhaps has never been a better time than right now to think about launching a medical testing company of your own. From cancer to covid, there are so many illnesses that require prices testing, and if you believe you can develop and deliver high-quality tests, you could soon find yourself in a lot of demand.

Plant-based food development

Now that more people than ever are taking animal rights and environmental concerns seriously, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are switching to a more plant-based diet. If you are smart, you will see this as a great opportunity to get into business.

Developing healthy plant-based food alternatives that taste amazing and offer a decent level of nutrition is the holy grail of the modern food industry, and as someone with a science-based background, you will stand a better chance than most people of hitting upon the winning formula, which could make you very rich indeed. Even if that doesn’t happen if you can turn out a decent product and you know how to market your business right, you could have a great little start-up on your hands.

Data analysis

These days everyone from the government to your local shop depends to a greater or lesser degree on the data they collect about us all in order to plan, market, make money, keep us all safe and so on. The amount of data collected each day is staggering, and although there are computer programs that can dissect it all and make some sense of it, there is still a great need for data scientists who can not only create those programs in the first place but also analyse the data with a human eye. If you have an attention to detail, a data science background and a knack for making connections, you could set yourself up as a data analysis company and work with some of the world’s biggest brands, governments and charitable organisations, The world will pretty much be your oyster.

As you can see, when it comes to turning your science background into a start-up, there are a lot of options available to you. Of course, the ideas above may not be quite right for you, but hopefully, they will at least inspire you to consider starting your own company, helping the world, and building more security for your future. Science is a very rewarding career in and of itself, but when you are running your own science-based business, it is even more satisfying to watch it grow, change and help people lead better lives.


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