Our first new style LifeSciences@Work Alumni Summit was big success. LifeSciences and MedTech startups got educated, engaged and inspired.
On Friday, June 17th, the LS@W Alumni Summit took place at the offices of LS@W partner Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam. More than 50 startups in LifeSciences and Medtech that have participated in the Venture Challenge or MedTechpartner Meetings, joined in an informal afternoon session. Seasoned entrepreneurs and new ventures exchanged knowledge, know how, experiences and enjoyed networking in the field of life sciences.
A brief report on the programme features:
After introductions by Mark van Casteren, Tax Partner, Member of the International Corporate Tax Practice Group Loyens & Loeff and Ernst Nagel, Operations Director TopSector LSH, three life sciences entrepreneurs ‘delivered’ their Inspirational speeches.
Over 25 years of experience: Bas Reichert, CEO of BaseClear
Bas explained how he started his company almost 25 years ago, in a time when starting a company was still something rare and everybody told him not to do so. Against all advice, Bas did it nevertheless and build BaseClear to the successful company it is today and proudly still owns the entire company. He explains that it is a matter of focus and determination that brought him to this success. One of Bas his tips to the young entrepreneurs is that it is never easy to get customers, they do not come to you and you need to work hard for every customer.In addition, starters have to hire the best employees and stimulate them in their entrepreneurial activities. Bas demonstrates this by participating in the Venture Challenge with a new company MyMicroZoo that is set-up in part by BaseClear employees.
From researcher to entrepreneur: Giel Hendriks, CEO of Toxys
To change your position from researcher to entrepreneur you have to take a leap of faith. Which was explained by Giel, who quit his job at the LUMC to start his own company just a couple of years ago. Giel participated in the Venture Challenge Fall 2013 edition and described how since then he managed to secure financing to set-up his service company. He highlighted that talking to many entrepreneurs is the key of success. For example by networking during the Alumni Summit.
Always looking for opportunities: Marc Schellekens, CEO of LabHotel
Marc also left his job at TNO many years ago, to become a ‘multipreneur’ starting several companies, among SkinTec with which he won the Biobusiness Masterclass in 2002. Marc told the audience to always be looking for opportunities and to only start a company when you know that there is a real customer willing to pay for your product. Since the most important question is ‘who wants to buy what?’
At four sparring tabels LS@W alumni exchanged knowledge and know how under the guidance of experienced life sciences entrepreneurs Wietse Mulder, Peter Sijmons, Henk Viëtor and Bart Wuurman. These three important aspects were appointed: have a good plan, meet the right people, and learn from your mistakes.
Venture Challenge Winner Ceremony
The summit ended with the pitches of the Venture Challenge Spring 2016 teams and the announcement of Mercurna as winner of this 15th Venture Challenge edition: link to the Mercurna newsitem.
Thank you Loyens & Loeff
The LS@W programme management expresses their gratitude to its partner Loyens & Loeff for the hospitality and excellent organization.