The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg offers participating teams a twelve-month intensive program with individualized coaching and seminars in digital formats. Over 50 mentors and 30 investors, as well as a large network of program partners, advise and accompany the founders. A central goal of the program is to present themselves to potential financiers in so-called investor pitches.
The program receives great approval from young companies from the life sciences as well as from the involved experts and capital providers. "Since 2017, we have been running the program in close cooperation with the Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V., the Economic and Structural Promotion Department of the city of Mannheim, and the MAFINEX Founder Association e.V. So far, we have supported 120 teams, 36 of which were able to secure a first investment," says Markus Bühler, project manager of the Life Science Accelerator and employee of Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH. "That is why we are very pleased that the state of Baden-Württemberg has decided to support our Life Science Accelerator again for another 1.5 years after the end of the last funding round."
To continue this success story, the Life Science Accelerator is constantly evolving. In particular, the focus is on international cooperation. "Together with partner accelerators from France and Switzerland, we are organizing the "Trinational Healthtech Days" in autumn," says Bühler. "The aim is to gain a better understanding of market peculiarities in order to strengthen the market entry strategy for startups. It also offers the opportunity to network with international startups and to establish contacts with funds, venture capital providers, and corporate investors."
Interested parties for participation in the Life Science Accelerator are asked to submit their application at this address: http://www.lifescience-bw.de/application/
About the Life Science Accelerator
The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg is a joint program of Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH, Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V., and the Economic and Structural Promotion of the city of Mannheim as the office of the MAFINEX Founder Association e.V. The program supports scientific and technological startup teams in Baden-Württemberg specializing in biotechnology, medical technology, and digital health (digital healthcare). The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg is supported with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. For more information: http://lifescience-bw.de/
About the Technologiepark Heidelberg
The Technologiepark Heidelberg was founded in 1984 as the first science park in Germany focusing on life sciences by the city of Heidelberg and the IHK Rhein-Neckar. Through steady growth, it has established itself in biotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, environmental technology, and IT at a total of six locations. The technology park promotes technology transfer from research to industry and supports spin-offs from science with specific infrastructure. Through collaboration with international partners - e.g., EMBL, DKFZ, Center for Molecular Biology, SRH University, Printed Electronics Cluster, University and Hospital Heidelberg - it offers companies its extensive network. A new location was opened in October 2019, the Business Development Center with 7,000 m² of space in the Heidelberg Innovation Park.