The deadline for the Venture Challenge Fall 2023 edition is approaching fast!

Thursday 13 July at 14:00 CEST the call closes

The Venture Challenge is a 10-week programme to develop an initial idea – a breakthrough research result – into a solid business case. Participate and learn to build a customer value proposition, identify key risks and assumptions, develop a validation and de-risking strategy, build and pitch a Venture Plan and get connected to Life Sciences experts, investors and seasoned entrepreneurs. 




How to enter? 

  • Application for the Venture Challenge is done via the NWO website.
  • After pre-screen candidates are invited for an intake interview; a maximum of 6 teams are selected to participate.
  • To enter the Venture Challenge you need to have a team of at least 3 people, and participants are expected to attend both bootcamps (2 times 3 days incl. overnight stays), the final pitch event and winner announcement (this is done at a large lifesciences event).
  • Participants pay a fee of €2000,- per team of 3.
  • For more detailed information about the application procedure visit the NWO website.


Need help with the application? Please don't hesitate to reach out!


“The venture challenge was a very beneficial programme for us. We sharpened our focus to identify our unique selling points. It enabled us to view crucial aspects from a different and critical perspective. Alongside learning from seasoned professionals, much value was added by our fellow participants. It’s our mission now to execute our venture plan and make ExCulture a success.”

- Aisling Foley and Ilaria Poledri, founders of ExCulture, Venture Challenge Spring 2023 Winners



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