Startup support to aspire entrepreneurs in Life Sciences.

In the last 7 years LifeSciences@work [LS@W] has supported over 160 potential startups from the very early stage of idea-forming to closing a deal with an investor by providing funding for concept funding, and personal coaching & business training.

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Starting up a company in Life Sciences? Aiming to commercialise your research?


The Health~Holland Venture Challenge is part of the LifeSciences@Work Startup Accelerator Programme. A dedicated team offers their expertise to life sciences researchers to translate inventions into viable business ideas.

In two 3-day workshops ‘competing’ teams will be challenged to translate their invention into a solid business case, to learn how to pitch and get valuable one-on-one coaching. At the end of the Challenge, the team with the best Venture Plan and pitch is awarded a prize of €25.000,-.

How it works: The Venture Challenge further explained.

Apply for the next edition: Venture-Proposal-Form-VC_Fall-2015



As a starting entrepreneur in Life Sciences one faces multiple challenges. How to find investors? How to build a strong business case? How to find strategic partners? These and other business related questions are welcomed by the Health~Holland Value Centre.

The Value Centre brings together knowledge and expertise of various experts and companies active in the Life Sciences and Health sector to benefit Life Sciences startups and companies with growth ambitions. Entrepreneurs can apply for the Value Centre Voucher.

Lear more about the Value Centre and how to ‘spent’ the Voucher .


Conquest: winner of the Health~Holland Venture Challenge Spring 2015.

On June 4th, 2015 Conquest
 pitched together with 5 fellow Venture Challenge Teams during the SME Event organized by HollandBio. Conquest has developed a novel nanoparticle technology that provides unique multimodal imaging contrast. Conquest aims to create a revolution in diagnostic imaging. Conquest was represented by Mangala Srinivas, Erik Aarntzen and Frank Smeets of Radboudumc.


According to the jury: “Conquest has a clear proposition, answers an unmet medical need and creates a breakthrough in the use of ultrasound imaging. Moreover the Conquest product will not only realize an impact in technology but also will simplify the workflow of diagnostic imaging and ultimately will benefit the patient.

The Conquest nanoparticles enable the use of ultrasound for advanced imaging applications, therefore making it affordable and accessible to all.

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The other Venture Challenge Teams were:

– Breathcloud

– CysTmx

– Micellas

– PharmTox

– Sequenomics.


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