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The interactive Startup Pitch & Partner program is the venue for European life-science and biotech entrepreneurs, founders and startups to present their company, learn from various industry experts and network with leading VCs, investors and top pharma companies at BioVaria. Startups will pitch their business in two categories and compete for a BioVaria Startup Award.


  • Emerging Startups: Pre-seed teams in the founding process or founded within past 4 years. BioVaria Emerging Startup Award: EUR 1,000.
  • Rising Startups: Post-seed teams seeking follow-on funding in the near future. BioVaria Rising Startup Award: EUR 3,000.


Startups from all life-science areas (e.g. biotech, medtech, digital health) are welcome to apply.





Applications are now closed.

Check back here again in the fall/winter 2019 to apply for the next Startup Pitch & Partner (2020).

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The BioVaria Startup Jury consisting of leading life-science investors together with Ascenion will shortlist candidate companies for participation in the Startup Pitch & Partner program. In addition, startups will be chosen to exhibit a company poster at BioVaria.

The BioVaria 2019 Startup Jury members are:

  • Forbion - Asiya Giniatullina
  • High-Tech Gründerfonds - Lena Krzyzak
  • Life Sciences Partners (LSP) - Joachim (JR) Rothe
  • Novo Seeds - Jeroen Bakker
  • TVM Capital Life Science - Sascha Berger


The Startup Pitch & Partner program has been designed to promote your startup amongst life-science investors and pharma executives and to support the advancement of your company and business idea. Face-to-face interaction will connect you directly with advisors via on-site coaching sessions.

Speed Dating and Meet the Expert meetings will be pre-arranged for all selected Startup Pitch & Partner teams.


Startup Pitch & Partner program overview


Pre-event:Get feedback from a Jury Investor to optimize your on-stage pitch
At BioVaria:Pitch your company on the main conference stageGet to know supporters of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Investor and Expert Pitches
 Gain advice from industry experts during the Expert Mentoring sessions

One-to-one Speed Dating with VCs and investors

 See if your team is a winner at the Startup Award Ceremony

Plenty of time to network with investors, industry representatives and like-minded entrepreneurs

Startups invited to participate in Startup Pitch & Partner will receive more information on the event format which will include a short pitch and Q&A.



All selected startup participants will receive a deeply discounted registration fee for BioVaria.


EUR 150
  • 2-day access to BioVaria for one delegate
  • Company participation in the Startup Pitch & Partner program
  • Slot to pitch your company on the main stage
  • Own booth in the Startup Room for partnering meetings
  • Company profile on, in the BioVaria App and in the conference booklet
  • Option to receive up to two additional delegate passes at EUR 150 each.


EUR 250
  • 2-day access to BioVaria for one delegate
  • Space to exhibit your company poster or roll-up in the Startup Room
  • Company profile on, in the BioVaria App and in the conference booklet
  • Option to receive up to two additional delegate passes at EUR 250 each


Startups should register online only after receiving notification of positive selection. Confirmed participation of the selected startups will be dependent on receipt of the registration and payment of at least one delegate from the company by 29 March 2019.