HIHR-8, May 26 2021

The 8th edition of HIHR took place as an online event, with a pitch session on Wednesday morning May 26 and individual Quickfire sessions scattered around in week 21 and 22. 19 projects from 11 Benelux Knowledge institutions presented themselves to in total nearly hundred people. The event was rated with an overall appreciation of 8,6.
The call for our next edition HIHR-9 will open in July/August, with a deadline set on September 15.

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We’re pleased that a high number of Benelux early-stage spin off initiatives have responded to our call for the 8th edition of HIHR, planned on May 26. The program for the next edition can be found here. We have been working hard to further improve the level of our projects that we offer you by means of a pitch and warmly invite you to join us.

HIHR offers new entrepreneurial teams/KTOs venture ideas, not pitch ready yet, the opportunity to test their idea / concept with investors, entrepreneurs and corporates in a 45 minute online session, as to learn from their expertise to improve and shape their value proposition. The time table for these Quickfire sessions can be found on the program; times slots are mentioned at the registration form as well.

We also offer these Quickfire sessions to pitchers, to compensate for the loss of networking opportunities in the online setting and to further discuss their investment opportunity more in depth. These Quickfire sessions are mentioned in the second part of the time table and on the registration form. Summaries of the pitch-propositions will be made available upon registration.

Investor registration

HIHR is an invitation-only event, which means that our network and pitch-events are not open to service providers. We therefore have no open registration system for investors or entrepreneurs. If you are interested in joining, you’re kindly requested to send an email to claar-els@hihr.eu to receive an invite for our next HIHR-edition, including a link to the online investor-registration form.

We kindly invite you to mark your interest for the Quickfire sessions at the registration form before May 20 for planning purposes. Registrations after May 20 are scheduled based on availability. Your input to help these initiatives further shape their ideas is hugely valued; we would appreciate if you could contribute to at least two of these sessions, but you are welcome to participate in more initiatives. 

After registration you will receive the syllabus with summaries of all spin off initiatives (pitch and QF-sessions) and Outlook invites with MS Teams links for the respective Quickfire sessions. 

KTO/Spin Off event registration

KTO-professionals and Spin off representatives are requested to sign up for the HIHR-event via this online registration form. PRO’s are offered unlimited access to our online pitch-sessions. However, each person will have to register individually to receive a personal invite.

As KTO-professional we warmly invite you to contribute to the quickfire sessions, share your expertise and thereby help other initiatives shaping their future venture. You can mark your interest at the registration form preferably before May 20, for planning purposes.
Registrations after May 20 are scheduled based on availability.

After registration you will receive the syllabus with summaries of all spin off initiatives, followed by Outlook invites with MS Teams link of the respective sessions.


!! Please inquire after our special sponsor-deal for 2021 !!

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, 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.

Online Pitch Training - April 28


The quality of the pitches is of vital importance to HIHR. Only with well-prepared and well-trained pitches, addressing the required elements, we will be able to attract relevant investors for upcoming events. You can check here Pointers for creating a focused, effective investor pitch. We strongly encourage all our presenters to participate in this training, either as presenter or as auditor, as our experiences show that the transition from researcher to an entrepreneur requires a fundamental change into a more market oriented thinking which is often being underestimated. Further information on our events and preparation can be found on this webpage, including Suggestions how to follow-up with investors after your presentation and QF-session.

Pitch training HIHR-8

The pitch training for HIHR-8 consists of the following parts:

1. An introductory session: J-Labs in cooperation with INKEF Capital has kindly offered us the link to the online introduction on Don’t go Pitching in the Dark: How to Navigate Investor Interactions. You can download the link to this session via WE-transfer here. (If the link has expired, please inquire here after a new update.)
2. The online Pitch try-out training session on Wednesday April 28, 9.30 – 11.00.
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. A panel of experts, consisting of investors, corporates and KTO-experts will provide direct feed-back and share practical tips on effective presentation skills and increasing your chances of successful fundraising. For April 28, the panel consists of the following people:
   Ivan Burkov – INKEF Capital
   Sandra Cauwenberghs – Galapagos
   Gideon Bevelander – JNJ-Innovation
   Bart Laenen – Arnold&Siedsma / LC Patents
   Bram Perdu – KULeuven
   Annick Houbrechts – ULiège
   Clemens Ostrowicz – ULuxembourg

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. QF-teams are welcome to join this session as auditor as well.

If you are interested in joining this session, then please send an email to claar-els@hihr.eu

Registration for Quickfire sessions - deadline CLOSED

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, test and discuss their early-stage venture project or business case with a small group of investors/entrepreneurs/KTO-professionals (max. group size of 10 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. Registrations will have to be handed in via the respective TTO-office. 
Deadline for handing in these registration forms is set on March 29, 2021. Actual take place and allocation of slots is based on investor interest and availability. Schedules and logistics for these QF-sessions will be communicated in April.

Call for nomination for Pitch presentations – deadline CLOSED

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. In addition to the nomination form, we request a short 10-minute conversation via MS Teams to briefly explain the application. Nominations will have to be handed in via the respective TTO-office. Deadline for handing in these nominations for HIHR-8 is closed.
You’re welcome to apply for HIHR-9; the call hereto will open in the summer months, with a deadline on September 15.

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 second half of March.

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 in May.

Participating academic institutions in the Benelux

Radboud umc
TU Delft
Wageningen University & Research

Preferred partner

Silver partners

HIHR supporters