Expert Class: Mentoring and Personal development


Having a mentor can have a significant impact on the growth and success of your company. Research has demonstrated that 70% of SMEs that receive mentoring survive for five years or more! Well-known founders of the world’s leading companies have reached out to mentors in their early days, and often still do. 

A mentor can provide an objective perspective and advice on challenging business decisions, networking opportunities, accessing resources and avoiding mistakes. This Expert Class will provide insights into how collaboration between young life sciences entrepreneurs and mentors is established and works in practice. Besides mentoring on business aspects, the personal development of a life science entrepreneur is also covered, such as developing leadership, communication skills and problem-solving.

The expert class program is set up in an interactive way such that the participants are asked to present in 3 slides their company and question(s) for the experts. The experts will give you feedback on your questions. 


Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden (Meeting & Event Center, 5th floor)
2 minutes walk from Leiden Central Station


13.00 hrs.​    Welcome

13.30 hrs.​    Start Expert Class by Leon Mur (moderator) and introduction Life Sciences@Work by Simone Hermans/Chrétien Herben

13:45 hrs.    ​Presentations by a.o. Pedro Tetteroo - Adjunct professor in the School of Biochemistry and Cell biology, UCC bij University College Cork, Varsha Thakoersing, CEO at IMcoMET and Venture Challenge Alumnus of 2019, Simone Hermans – Programme coordinator LifeSciences@Work

15:45 hrs.​    Discussing mentoring and personal development related cases per participant
                        3 slides per participant:
                        2 slides with overview company (product, market, history)

                        1 slide with your mentoring related questions

17.00 hrs.​    Drinks and bites

18.00 hrs.​    End of Expert Class

Pedro Tetteroo - Adjunct professor in the School of Biochemistry and Cell biology, UCC at University College Cork

When Pedro started as General Manager for Centocor (now a subsidary of Johnson & Johnson) he  managed 35 people. During his 15 years of leadership, the company expanded to 1,200 employees with a $3 billion turnover. The experience taught him a lot about himself, leadership and about running a biotech company. He would like to share his experience with other executives who want to do more for their company. Personal development not only brings more to the individual but to the company in which they lead also.

Varsha Thakoersing – CEO IMcoMET and CEO at Caladrius Technologies
As a first-time founder, Varsha definitely needed a mentor during her entrepreneurial journey. Fortunately, she ended up with Bram Schermer through an accelerator. He really is a top mentor. Varsha is sure it is nice and helpful for most first-time founders to have a mentor and she is happy to share her experience during this Expert Class. Furthermore, Varsha tells how she has been working on her personal development that helped her in improving her role as the CEO of IMcoMET.

Simone Hermans – Programme coordinator LifeSciences@Work
Simone gives a short presentation on the mentoring network currently being set up by Health~Holland. What will the program offers you and how will it connect you to the mentor with the best fit. She also hopes to get valuable feedback from participants during this Expert Class.

LifeSciences@Work Expert Classes are a series of targeted (virtual) workshops organized in close collaboration with industry and academic experts.

  • The small-scale and personalized Expert Classes welcome Venture Challenge Alumni, Value Centre Alumni and NWO Take off Alumni.
  • New early startups not (yet) part of our LS@W community but interested to join are also very welcome, provided there is a match with the LS@W community profile.
  • Participation is free-of-charge for startup teams.

Registration is needed to attend!

Please send an e-mail to to receive your confirmation and additional final information.

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