Welcome to Healthy Ideas, Healthy Returns, an ‘invitation only’ Benelux platform for tomorrow’s academic Health ventures

Nearly 50 knowledge institutes from the Benelux offer investment opportunities in the Human Health to investors who are interested in early stage ventures.
This unique and independant platform offers valuable networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors, allowing them to build up contacts for investments in follow-up programs, as well as a good feedback opportunity for new entrepreneurs to sharpen their propositions.

HIHR is a fast growing, practitioner driven network that brings together around hundred investors, spin-offs and TTO-people within the Benelux. The strength and value of HIHR lies in:

  • the joint presentation of spin-off initiatives from all knowledge institutes to the investment community;
  • the focus on quality: pre-selection initiatives by TTOs, prior assessment, practice and coaching of presentations;
  • the creation of a network between knowledge institutes, entrepreneurs and investors; a perfect informal setting to build relationships and to discover what’s in the pipeline.
  • the cooperation between all knowledge institutes in the Benelux. Mass makes power.

Our platform with innovation providers (PROs), innovation drivers (investors, Health accelerators, entrepreneurs) and innovation ‘uptakers’ (Corporates) fits closely to the findings of a recently published article in Harvard Business Review that underpins the need to identify, attract and train/coach Health initiatives and start-ups at an early stage. Since the start of the HIHR initiative, 23 out of 72 companies were incorporated. Whereas the Harvard study shows that an average spin off project currently has 4% chance of getting funded by a VC, a first analyses of our past projects [March 2021] indicates that at least 13% of our pitch candidates (9/72) have managed to raise over € 28M VC funding (seed/series A). When also considering non-dilutive funding, the total amounts to € 42,5M. This indicates that early-stage venture projects pitched at HIHR have a high intrinsic quality, which is reflected by some recent success stories like Scenic Biotech, Synerkine, Pulsify Medical and Phosphoenix. 


Spurring the academic biotech ecosystem in the Benelux towards company creation/financing and create a virtuous circle of healthcare solutions.


Healthy Ideas, Healthy Returns exists to provide a unique networking platform linking the Benelux academic tech transfer offices, academic researchers, entrepreneurs and life science investors allowing for early scientific insights, constructive feedback and financing with the aim to advance healthcare solutions.

HIHR’s mission is threefold:

  • for academic entrepreneurs and knowledge transfer staff: provide a unique platform for academic spin-off opportunities in the human health to get access to external expertise and constructive feedback (for business initiatives that are still in the start-up phase) and financing by presenting well-rounded, early stage investment propositions to venture capital investors.
  • for investors/corporates: access to early stage, science-based innovations and (future) Benelux deal-flow in one single event.
  • networking: build an active network of scientific founders/entrepreneurs, investors and academic knowledge transfer professionals and share information and contacts. Cross-fertilization between individuals/initiatives through this network is a key asset of our platform.

Participating academic institutions in the Benelux

Radboud umc
TU Delft
Wageningen University & Research

Preferred partner

Silver partners