Science Sparks Start-ups
Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at DKFZ Communication Centre
Many thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate brilliant minds behind scientific start-ups and spin-offs brought to you by DKFZ and Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V., in partnership with EMBLEM, University of Heidelberg and University Hospital Heidelberg.
Marking 20 years of DKFZ Technology Transfer, this symposium brought together scientists, entrepreneurs and investors from all over Germany.
“What do you need to succeed at entrepreneurship? What are the challenges of funding your business? Can you be a part-time entrepreneur whilst continuing with science? What is trending in the Life Science industry?” – are just some of the topics that were discussed. And to top it up, 6 innovative ideas were presented and two winners received the prize of €2,500 each in our Dragon’s Den competition.
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The main objective of this event is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in science. This event will provide opportunities for learning about building a business from scratch and inspire discussions between scientists, entrepreneurs and investors. Through these interactions we will move closer to ensuring Germany is well-positioned to be the best place to develop innovative products and services in this time of flux.
Breakthroughs in Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors happen because of the researchers overcoming many challenges despite the odds. This symposium is a celebration of such outstanding individuals –both those who are already changing the landscape of healthcare and those who are yet to do so.
This event will cover everything from figuring out what a business needs to how relevant your research is in the Life Science & Medical landscape. With a culmination of a Dragon’s Den competition, a business pitch from 6 short-listed candidates, where the best idea and the best pitch will win €2,500 each and a chance to be mentored.
- Is your idea good enough?
- Trends in life science and healthcare industry
- Part-time entrepreneurship
- What are investors and funders looking for?
- Skills necessary for success in entrepreneurship
- Funding models & intellectual property
- Exit strategies
- Deals & partnerships
This symposium will be open to anyone interested in bringing their science to market, in particular in and around Heidelberg area. We expect a variety of backgrounds including but not limited to life science academics, biobusiness leaders, industry experts and investors in areas of biotech, Medtech and pharma.
The application deadline is now over. The information below is for reference only.
Do you have a novel idea or application that would transform lives of many people?
If so, you have a chance to win 2 prizes of €2,500 each and mentorship support from Heidelberg Startup Partners.
6 shortlisted candidates will have a chance to deliver their 4 minute elevator pitch in the Dragons’ Den final on the 19th September 2017. The Dragons will be industry and funding body representatives. All idea submissions will be treated as confidential until you present them on 19th September as one of the finalists.
The competition is open to all staff from DKFZ, DKTK, NCT, University Hospital Heidelberg, University of Heidelberg and EMBL.
- The competition is open to all disciplines but need to be connected to science
- The idea does not have to be based upon an individual’s research, as long as the individual believes it to be a viable business idea, and can demonstrate its value
- Finalists are assigned a mentor from their organisations tech transfer offices to help prepare for the pitch
- 50/50 vote between Dragons’ choice and audience choice of ‘Best Idea’ and ‘Best Pitch’, prize fund of €5,000