Validation program for Life Science Startups

Bringing a life sciences innovation to the market has its own characteristics. In UtrechtInc’s Life Sciences Validation Program, you will learn how to take your life sciences idea from concept to market. Designed for scientists, doctors, and employees of Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, and Hogeschool Utrecht, this program provides the business acumen and support you need to turn your feasibility study into a thriving startup.

During our 8-month, part-time program you spend one to two mornings and/or afternoons per month engaging in masterclasses, receiving expert coaching, and participating in networking events to refine your entrepreneurial skills and validate your market idea. You work with mentors and professional service partners who provide personalized advice, guiding you through every step of your market validation journey.

Benefits of the life science validation program

Mentorship & coaching – Personalized coaching and mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and executives, and group sessions with fellow startups.

Team development – We foster not just your business, but also your personal growth. We assist in building a well-rounded, complementary team.

Value proposition design – Work with your team to devise a compelling value proposition, crafting an irresistible offering for your customers.

Working space – A flex desk in our co-working space, or a dedicated office amongst other innovative startups.

Graduate network – Join our network of 350+ startups, benefit from access to our industry experts, and connect to relevant peers.

Pitch perfect – Regular opportunities to practice your pitch, ensuring you are primed to present your story compellingly whenever the opportunity arises.

Funding opportunities – Present your concept to the jury of the Rabo Pre-seed Fund, with potential access to a loan of up to €68,000.

Cost & availability
The program is free for Utrecht researchers and scientists.
We run the validation programs twice per year.

Next edition
Application deadline: 11 September 2023
Selection of onepagers: 12 September 2023
Selection pitches: 13 September 2023 (morning)
Start date: 2 October 2023
Final event: 27 June 2024

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