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→ online Quickfire sessions 6 – 8 May, 2024

→ live pitch event Antwerp May 15, 2024

For informal talks, (pre) Seed and pre-SeriesA pitching

We thank our Golden partner Johnson&Johnson Innovation
Our Silver Sponsors Arnold&Siedsma and EIT Health
HIHR-14 is empowered by Health~Holland,
Top Sector Life Sciences & Health
and sponsored by UCB and Flanders Bio

Our next HIHR-edition will take place in May with online Quickfire sessions scheduled May 6-8 and our live pitch event in Antwerp on May 15. We happily welcome you to connect with the newest academic Health Spin-offs from the Benelux.

(Future) academic spin off projects or established ventures in the human health are warmly invited to join our next edition.

  • 9 early stage ideas or venture proposals not pitch ready yet look forward to receiving feedback during online Quickfire sessions. These 45 minute online sessions will take place from Monday May 6 till Monday May 8, at 9am, 12am or 5pm.
  • 9 selected Start ups seeking (pre-)Seed funding will present their proposition during the life pitch event on the afternoon of May 15.
  • 2 HIHR alumni projects, seeking additional funding in ‘pre-series A’-stage to present their case; they will also share their ‘lessons learned in their Start-up Journey’

During the afternoon programme in addition to the pitches, we we offer again a sneak view on ‘The future of...‘. Prof Annelies Bronckaers of the University of Hasselt will update us on Tooth organoids in dental health innovation.

The live pitch event takes place in Antwerp, in Room with a Zoo, conveniently located directly next to Antwerp Central Station.

Check here our programme offering 20 new spin off projects in the human health.
A syllabus with summaries of all selected projects will be sent upon registration.

On the morning of May 15, we organise a first KTO-meetup. All KTO-staff people are warmly welcomed to meet their peers in the Benelux to get connected and discuss spin-off creation in the health domain. For this first meetup from 10.00 to 11.30am, we will look at a case study and discuss how to get to a winning license agreement in the health sector, for both the university and the spin-off.
We are invited to stay at the University of Antwerp, on a 15 minutes walk from Antwerp Central Station. Logistics will be shared upon registration for this add-on event, which can be done at the KTO-registration form, in the panel hereunder.

Participate as investor or industry partner

Are you interested in joining this event as investor or industry partner? as ‘invitation-only’ event you’re welcome to connect to our HQ

Register as Spin off or KTO staff

All spin off presenters, KTO staff members and Quickfire attendees interested in joining the pitch session on May 15 and/or Quickfire sessions on May 6 – 8 are requested to sign up in person.

Parallel to the HIHR pitch event, Flanders Bio and BioTope by VIB organise a similar pitch event on Agrifood, in the rooms next to us. We jointly offer the lunch, breaks and drinks to maximise the networking. 
More information on this invitation only-event can be found here

Pitch event

Knowledge for Growth & State of the Union

Flanders Bio offers a reduction of 15% on their conference fee for those who want to combine our HIHR event with Knowledge for Growth, the day after. It is also possible to join the State of the Union against reduced fee. You can mark your interest hereto at the HIHR-event registration form.

Venue and directions

The pitch event will take place in the Gorilla room, in a Room with a Zoo, conveniently located right next to Antwerp Central Station. We recommend you to come by train. 

Please enter the building at the Carnot Wing (Carnotstraat). You reach this entrance by crossing the Queen Astrid Square and then turning to the right. The Gorilla rooms are located at the 1st floor.

Check here their website for directions, parking and information to enter the building.

The State of the Union, organised by Flanders Bio and VIB will take place in the very same building, on the opposite site at the Art Nouveau Marble Hall. There will be ample time to walk from our networking drink to this room in the old part of the building.


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