HIHR-9, November 16 2021 – (pre) Seed and Series A pitching

HIHR is happy to announce that for HIHR-9 it will team up with the investor lounge of EIT-Health.

By combining their events HIHR and EIT-Health aim to better serve their investor communities and member organisations, allowing startup initiatives as well as more mature companies to pitch for a broader range of investments, from Pre-Seed to Series A funding. This means that HIHR knowledge institutes with alumni projects that are seeking Bridge- or Series A funding are now welcome to also nominate such spin offs.

A first pilot event will be organised on November 16. During this hybrid event, taking place in Leiden, the Netherlands, we offer a start-up module lead by HIHR for new spin off projects seeking their first external funding (pre-Seed and Seed) and a scale-up module lead by EIT Health for companies seeking Bridge- and Series A funding.
Please note that there are separate nomination-forms and selection processes for the start-up and scale up module!

Following the success of our HIHR-8 edition we will continue offering our well-received Quickfire sessions for potential spin outs that wish to test (present & discuss) their concept with a group of investors / corporates in a small scale, informal setting. These QF-sessions will be organised on line in week 46 and 47.

Deadline for all pitch-nominations and QF-registrations is set on September 24

Participation to all sessions, including the scale-up module is free for all alumni projects of HIHR-members during this pilot-edition.

Call for nomination for Pitch presentations for START UP MODULE - deadline SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

New Spin-off initiatives, actively seeking a first 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. Please note that nominations will have to be handed in via the respective TTO-office. Deadline for handing in these nominations for HIHR-9 is set on SEPTEMBER 24.
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 October.

Based on the positive experience of our Quickfire sessions we’ve decided to extend this format to pitchers and offer a seperate QF-session in addition to their pitch. 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 October as well.

Call for nomination for Pitch presentations for SCALE UP MODULE - deadline SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

HIHR-alumni projects that are seeking Series A funding are welcome to nominate their company for the investor lounge, organised by EIT-Health. The registrationfee for this more elaborate proces will be waved during this first try-out collaboration. The nomination- and selection procedure for this investor lounge follows an entirely separate traject. Please visit the website of EIT-Health for additional information on conditions and selection process and to nominate your company.

Registration for Quickfire sessions - deadline SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

Following the success of our previous editions, dedicated quickfire sessions will be offered to researchers with very early stage concepts of ideas. These Quickfire sessions are highly valuated, since they provide an unique opportunity to entrepreneurial teams 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 12 persons, incl TTO/presenter) in an informal and intimate atmosphere. 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 SEPTEMBER 24, 2021. Actual take place and allocation of slots is based on investor interest and availability. Schedules and logistics for these QF-sessions, taking place in week 46 and 47, will be communicated in October.

Coaching and Online Pitch Training - 20 October 2021

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. We strongly encourage you to participate in this training, as our experiences show that the transition from researcher to an entrepreneur is often being underestimated and requires a fundamental change into a more market oriented thinking.
Please note that the selection committee reserves the right, even at the very last moment, to withdraw a project if it believes that the quality of the presentation is insufficiently guaranteed.

The pitch training for HIHR-9 consists of the following parts:

1. Pitching is selling. Your main goal is to attract attention and to win a face2face meeting with a VC. Do not merely present a technology but rather tell an appealing business story. Check out here the Pointers for creating a focused, effective investor pitch and practice !

2. Introductory webinars: Thanks to our partners we offer two introductory webinars in which investors tell what they want to hear and how they want you to present your story:
    – J-Labs in collaboration with INKEF Capital: Don’t go Pitching in the Dark: How to Navigate Investor Interactions – April 2020
    – INKEF Capital: How to boost the chances of your project success from day one (and secure the investors‘ money too) – April 2021
Selected pitchers will receive a link to these respective webinars.

3. Online Pitch try-out training sessions on Wednesday October 20.
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. During our last editions, the panel consisted 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
We strongly encourage all our spin off initiatives to participate in this training. Throughout the years we have noticed that this training is key for delivering a successful pitch. We therefore have decided to offer this on line training to all our pitchers and ask them 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

4. All powerpoint pitch presentations will be reviewed by our selection committee. Based on this review a last 1:1 call might be offered for individual coaching of your presentation, running up to the final presentation day.


Based on the projects offered, the selection committee will set up a program for the pitch session on November 16 as well as individual QF-sessions in week 46/47. This program will be announced on October 5, 2021. If you are interested in attending our event as an investor or corporate, you’re welcome to send an email to claar-els@hihr.eu

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 and Quickfire sessions 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. Registration will be possible after October 5, upon publication of the program.

We kindly invite you to mark your interest for the Quickfire sessions at the registration form before October 31 for planning purposes. Registrations after October 31 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 of 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 an online registration form that will become available after October 5 (upon publication of the program).  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 October 31, for planning purposes.
Registrations after October 31 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 !!

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.

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

Radboud umc
Wageningen University & Research

Preferred partner

Silver partners

LC Patents - Arnold & Siedsma