Twice a year, in Q2 and Q4, HIHR aims to organise a pitch and networking event for investment opportunities in Human Health spin-off companies that are seeking their first external venture funding or for very early stage projects that would like to receive feedback on their ideas from experienced investors.

Event format

Pitch presentations
The preparation starts with a call for nominations, which enables us to decide whether there are sufficient qualified spin-off initiatives to organise a pitch event. Depending on the investment opportunity, some initiatives might be offered a longer or shorter pitch. Long pitches consist of an 10 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. Short pitches take a 5 minutes presentation, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A. In case there are less than 6 qualified pitch propositions, the event will be postponed for another 6 months.

Quickfire sessions
Potential spin-outs, not ready for a investment pitch yet, are welcome to register for  tailor-made sessions of 30 minutes. These small scale meetings offer entrepreneurial teams/KTOs the possibility to briefly present and discuss their early-stage venture concept with a small group of investors/entrepreneurs/KTO-professionals (max. group size of 8 persons, incl. TTO/presenter). 

Networking
On top of this, various networking moments will be built in to strengthen the creation of a network between knowledge institutes, entrepreneurs and investors within the Benelux academic venturing system.

Nominations

Nominations for pitches and registrations for quickfire sessions can only be submitted via the Knowledge Transfer Offices of the participating PRO’s and follow a time-path with strict deadlines. The call for nominations opens by means of an invite to the KTO-contact persons of all participating PRO’s.

PRO’s are entitled to hand in as many nominations and registrations as they wish, provided they match the qualifications of HIHR and will be given the required guidance from the respective KTO.

Qualifications

To apply for a long or short pitch, HIHR welcomes
– spin-off initiatives that are looking for their first commercial equity round
– and that can, but are not necessarily founded yet.

In addition, projects/ideas that are not ready yet to raise venture funding are welcome to register for a quickfire session with experienced investors to get feedback on their initiatives.

HIHR focuses on investment opportunities and ideas in the domain of Human Health in the broadest sense (Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Medtech and eHealth).

Confidentiality and privacy regulations

Please note that confidential information should not be shared on the nomination/registration form, in the summaries of the selection propositions, nor on the slides of the final pitch, as there is no specific secrecy obligation for investors/attendees or for the HIHR organization.

Contact information of the KTO-contact person and presenter will be shared with HIHR-attendees, unless otherwise specified on the nomination form.

Selection

Projects will be pre-selected by a relevant advisory committee to assure quality and to maximise impact. The selection committee assesses the nominated spin-offs, classifies the nominations into longer or shorter pitches and reviews the presentation of selected spin-offs.

Quality of pitches and guidance

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.

Check out here the pointers for creating a focused, effective investor pitch. 

The quality of the pitches is a primary responsibility of the respective KTO. Local KTOs are expected to provide guidance/training/coaching in fine-tuning the pitches of their spin-off initiatives.

In addition, our strategic partner Johnson&Johnson Innovation offers, prior to our HIHR event, an additional pitch training, organised by J-Labs. This event is open to all nominated / registered initiatives. Starting off with short presentations on effective investors pitches, two selected HIHR spin-offs will be invited to give a first try-out pitch. Several of our sponsor-investors offer direct feedback and guidance to further improve their pitches. The afternoon will be concluded with a Q&A session and panel discussion.

Finally, a 1 to 1 Skype coaching session with experienced KTO-staff and investors will be offered to a selected group of pitchers, running up to the final presentation day.

Pitchtraining

This 6th edition would not be possible without the support of our preferred partner Johnson&Johnson Innovation and event partner Flanders Bio.

Our strategic partner Johnson&Johnson Innovation offers, prior to our HIHR event, an additional pitch training, organised by J-Labs. This event is open to all nominated and registered initiatives. Starting off with short presentations on effective investors pitches, two to three selected HIHR spin-offs will be invited to give a first try-out pitch. Several of our sponsor-investors offer direct feedback and guidance to further improve their pitches. The afternoon will be concluded with a Q&A session and panel discussion.

Check the J-Labs website to find out the next edition of the pitch training. 

J-Labs offers extended support to start ups in the Health sector. Most of them are free of charge (for companies with less than 10 employees and for Academic/Student & Non-profits).  

Planning

The preparation for each HIHR edition follows the following schedule: 

– 4 months

Call for spin-offs (ideas) among participating PRO’s

‘Save the Date’-email to investors

– 3 months

Deadline nominations (applications to be handed in by KTOs)

Review selection committee, followed by Go/No-Go decision

– 2.5 months

Confirmation email to investors/KTO/selected spin-offs

– 2 months

Handing in summaries of selected propositions

– 1.5 months

Pitch-training event, open to all nominated Spin-off-initiatives

– 3 weeks

Deadline handing in PP-presentations, reviewed by selection committee

– 2 weeks

1:1 Skype support for selected group

– 1 week

Handing in final version PP-presentations

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Pitch event

 

Our Spring edition will be scheduled on the day before Knowledge for Growth (May – Ghent, Belgium). This way we hope to provide an additional incentive to attend our pitch event. Flanders Bio offers reductions on their conference fee and State of the Union event for those who want to combine our HIHR event with their event the day after.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events!

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

Preferred partner

Silver partner