HIHR-7, taking place 10 November 2020 / week 46

The 7th edition of HIHR is scheduled on the 10th of November 2020. Depending on the Covid19 restrictions after summer, we will decide on the format later (online or F2F). In case of a virtual edition, Quickfire sessions will be scheduled in week 46. 

Following the success of our 6th edition, we have decided to expand our Quickfire sessions to more mature projects, offer them the opportunity to closely interact with investors as well and deeply discuss their business case in a small, focused setting. On the other hand, projects actively seeking a venture capital investment can apply for a pitch session and thereby have maximum visibility to all participating investors. In addition, we offer pitchers an additional quickfire session to further discuss more in depth their investment opportunity with interested investors.

The call for nomination is already open and spin off opportunities are welcome to sign up for either a pitch presentation and/or a quick fire session.

Call for nomination for pitch presentations – deadline September 15

New Spin-off initiatives, actively seeking a venture capital investment that want to present their investment opportunity to our network of investors, entrepreneurs and corporates by means of a pitch are kindly invited to apply for a pitch via this nomination form. Deadline for handing in these nominations is set on Tuesday the 15th of September.
The selection committee will review all nominations and set up a program. You will be notified on a possible placement for a pitch and further deadlines mid-September.

Based on the positive experience of our Quickfire sessions we’ve decided to extend this format to pitchers and offer them in addition to their pitch a QF-session as well. With this extra service we intend to accommodate them with more in depth discussions with interested investors on their investment opportunity, after their pitch. This way we hope to better serve venture projects, seeking VC-funding, especially during our online editions and thereby compensate for the limited networking facilities. There is no need to apply separately for this QF-session – this can simply be marked on the pitch-nomination form. Schedules and logistics for these QF-sessions will be communicated early November.



Registration for quickfire sessions - deadline September 15

In addition to plenary pitching sessions, dedicated “quickfire sessions” will be offered. Here small scale meetings offer entrepreneurial teams/KTOs the possibility to briefly present and discuss their early-stage venture project or business case with a small group of investors/entrepreneurs/KTO-professionals (max. group size of 8 persons, incl TTO/presenter). Aim of these small-scale meetings is to lead to a strong interaction between the participants on a (future or existing) business case. In scheduling these meetings, we will tailor the audience as much as possible to the business area of the initiative at hand, i.e. med tech & diagnostics; therapeutics & biotech; e-Health, data-science etc.

Early stage ideas or existing business cases interested in a quickfire session with stakeholders are welcome to register their initiative via this QF-registration form.
Deadline for handing in these registration forms is set on Tuesday September 15. Actual take place and allocation of slots is based on investor interest and availability.


Our events are not possible without the support of our sponsors.
If you feel positive towards our initiative, value our unique and strong focus or would like to actively help young academic entrepreneurs, then we encourage you to become one of our sponsors. By sponsoring HIHR you contribute to building up and strengthening the academic Benelux venture ecosystem. It enables you to directly support the young entrepreneurs, by actively contributing to pitch training and/or 1:1 coaching and by priority seating at the quick fire sessions. At the same time your financial support enables us to maintain our independency, stay away from service providers, increase the professionalism of our pitches and further elaborate our initiative into a Benelux academic venture forum.

Please contact claar-els@hihr.eu for further information on sponsoring options.

J-Labs Pitch Training

Our strategic partner Johnson&Johnson Innovation will offer all spin off teams a pitch-training event. We strongly encourage all our spin off initiatives to participate in this training – we expect pitchers at our event to have followed this or comparable training, as such training is key for a delivering a successful pitch.
There will be room for two to three of our selected Spin Offs (on a first come, first serve base) to try out and present their pitch to a panel of experts, who will provide feed-back and will share practical tips on effective presentation skills for investors and increasing your chances of successful fundraising.

We expect to announce the date and, in case of a physical event, location of this training shortly after summer.

Participating academic institutions in the Benelux, incl their UMC’s

Preferred partner

Silver partner