Two out of 10 winners of the Academic Startup Competition 2022 are Venture Challenge Alumni!


The 10 winners of the Academic Startup Competition ten winners have been named: TargED biopharmaceuticals, Time-travelling Milkman, Carbyon, Quix Quantum bv, Mantispectra bv, Sensip-dx, Exit071, Cellcius bv, Pharmi and ImcoMet bv.

Since this competition is not targeted at lifesciences specifically, we're extra proud of 'our' two winners TargED Biopharmaceuticals and ImcoMet bv! The 10 teams earned the title of “The Most Promising Academic Startup in the Netherlands,” and will go on a tailor-made business trip to the USA.

Jury Assessment

After assessing the 20 pitches from each finalist, the 10 winners of this year’s ASC were chosen by a well-renowned jury. The winners were selected based on their team structure, business model, disruptive innovation, track record & progress and societal impact.

Grand Finale

Ed Brinksma, Chairman Executive Board of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, kicked off the event with his opening remarks.

Ilknur Dönmez, of the management for Entrepreneurship at the Dutch Ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate, stated the importance of academia creating new ventures.

During the Valorisation Panel, Margrethe Jonkman (President of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation), Mirjam van Praag, (President VU Amsterdam) and Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau (Special Envoy Techleap), talked about the achievements and future goals of the Dutch startup ecosystem.

Furthermore, during the Founders Panel, previous winners of the ASC, Aman Jindal (founder of Denoize) and Jeroen ter Schiphorst (co-founder of Lusoco) noted how participating in the ASC accelerated their business and talked about their experiences in doing business in an international atmosphere.

Academic Startup Competition 2022

The Academic Startup Competition looks for startup companies that are linked to the world of academia. We provide a stage for academic entrepreneurs from all fields.

The ASC aims to valorize academic startups in their respective fields, whilst also wanting to connect them with startups from other fields. Sharing skills, knowledge and expertise is why we want to include various and diverse organizations in our network. We do this by giving national and international recognition to academic startups that provide innovative solutions to global challenges.


photo of winners

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