Startup Pitch & Partner

Startup Pitch & Partner

The interactive Startup Pitch & Partner program is the venue for European life-science startups to present their company, learn from expert mentors and network with leading VCs, investors and biopharma decision makers at BioVaria.

Apply now for a chance to secure your spot!

Why attend?

  • Increase exposure of your company among investors and dealmakers who are truly committed to supporting innovative, early-stage projects.
  • Gain expert advice on your pitch and business plan, including face-to-face Speed Dating with Investors.
  • Get invaluable guidance during the one-to-one meetings between startups and industry experts during the Meet the Experts session.
  • Be inspired from the startup keynote talk with Dr Hella Kohlhof, CSO of Immunic Therapeutics.
  • Expand your network.
  • Pitch your startup and compete to win a BioVaria Award:

    • Emerging Startup Award: EUR 1,000 cash
    • Rising Startup Award: EUR 3,000 cash

Apply now!

European life-science spin-offs and startups falling under one of the following two categories were eligible to apply. Application is now closed.

  • Emerging startups in the founding process or founded within the past four years and who have not yet received private or venture capital financing
  • Rising startups who have already secured private seed/series A financing and are seeking follow-on funding in the near future

Ticket: EUR 150, includes two-day BioVaria access for one delegate, your company's participation in the Startup Pitch & Partner program and company profile on and in the conference booklet.


Startups will be selected by a committee comprising the BioVaria Startup Jury made up of leading life-science investors and Ascenion.

The BioVaria Startup Jury members are:

  • Forbion Capital Partners - Mathias Falcenberg
  • High-Tech Gründerfonds - Marianne Mertens
  • Life Sciences Partners (LSP) - Karin Kleinhans
  • Merck Ventures - Jeroen Bakker
  • Seventure Partners - Annegret de Baey-Diepolder

Each of the invited startups will receive tailored advice from one of the experienced investors of the BioVaria Startup Jury prior to the BioVaria event to help the team optimize their on-stage pitch.

For more information click here for answers to FAQs.

For investors:
If you are an investor who has registered for BioVaria and you are interested in participating in the 1:1 Speed Dating with the startups, please contact info(at) Note spaces are limited.

BioVaria 2018 Startup Sponsors & Expert Mentors:


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