Life Sciences Startup Accelerator Programme

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 and personal coaching.

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Commercialise your research? Aiming to start a company?

For researchers with entrepreneur aspirations.


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



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.

Read the Press_Release



Need to set up clinical trails? How to find strategic partners?

For startup companies with growth ambitions.


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

The Value Centre helps startup companies with growth ambitions. Core activities are focused to improve business cases and thereby accelerate market introduction or market expansion. Entrepreneurs can apply for a Value Centre Voucher to use on reimbursement issues, clinical trials, health technology assessment or finding funds etc.

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



First voucher for Inreda Diabetic

The start-up Inreda Diabetic is developing an artificial pancreas for diabetic patients. Inreda uses the Health Holland Value Centre voucher to perform a cost-effectiveness study of Inreda’s innovation. By doing so, Inreda is able to build a strong business model with a clear perspective on the costs and benefits of their innovation and how this relates to similar innovations. This information can be crucial for health insurance companies to reimburse the artificial pancreas.






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