Founders wanted!

Apply with your project to the 7th BioRiver start-up competition

BioRiver Boost! is our offer to young life science founders, start-ups and scientific research projects to get support from industry leaders, gain visibility to investors and become a part of the viable life science network of BioRiver. Our association's events take place only in the West-German metropolian region Rhineland. Regarding your application: we are open to start-ups from all places.

That's what you need for the application:

  • General contact information
  • Your business area in life sciences
  • Your business concept in one sentence
  • Product and customer benefit (max 1500 characters)
  • Unique selling point / technology (max 1500 characters)
  • Market potential (max 1500 characters)
  • Management, team, advisory (max 1500 characters)
  • Status / achievements (max 1500 characters)
  • Financing concept (max 1500 characters)

Everything clear? Click here for the online application !

That's the process and the schedule:

  • Send the online application form until 16 August 2020
  • Your application is evaluated by the jury of reknowned industry experts. As one of the 8 best applications you will be invited to pitch live on stage to the jury and the audience at the Miltenyi Biotec headquarter on 2 October 2020 (live / live stream).
  • The presentation includes: discussing with the jury and the audience, feedback to your presentation, meeting the jury members and getting individual advice. Meeting future partners, customers and investors.
  • Our price, the BioRiver Boost! 2020 award, will be awarded to the BEST START-UP (1st, 2nd, 3rd place).

Everything clear? Click here for the online application !

The jury - Your idea on the table of decision-makers

  • Dr. Boris Stoffel, Managing Director / CEO, Miltenyi Biotec
  • Dr. Karl-Heinz Schneider, Head of clinical DS Manufacturing; BAYER
  • Dr. Volker Vogel, Associate Director Business Development, LONZA
  • Dr. Bettina Möckel, Vice President Corporate Business Development, QIAGEN
  • Dr. Anna-Lisa Picciolo-Lehrke, Head of Business Development Neurology, UCB
  • Dr. Barbara Maertens, CEO, CUBE Biotech
  • Dr. Bert Klebl, CEO, Lead Discovery Center (LDC) Dortmund
  • Eppendorf, Janssen-Cilag, investor (NRW.Bank, HTGF) pending

Everything clear? Click here for the online application !

Your chance for a presentation of your idea with expert feedback

It is never to early to present your idea and start-up to future customers and partners. Our jury is known for their in depth knowledge of the industry and personal engagement for young life science entrepreneurs. The jury couvers a wide range of different technological fields and business experiences as well as investors capacities.

As hinder for participating in our start-up competition is often mentioned: We are not ready yet! From our frame work and our experience we would encourage you to participate in the BioRiver Boost! competition, even if your project is early. BioRiver Boost! is open to and especially supporting these early founding projects. We allow repeated application and this has led to winning teams in the past. If you have any doubst regarding participating, we would be happy to support you with a non-binding advice.

Everything clear? Click here for the online application !

Your price:

Your price: The three best startups will be awarded. The winner receives the BioRiver Boost! award. The worthful price is an individual half-day trainingscamp with experienced and succesful life science / biotech entrepreneurs.

Looking back on past BioRiver Boost!: Our startups have mentioned as outstanding and particularly important in all years: 1) individual feedback and advice from the jury. 2) Networking 3) Investor talks. 4) Visibility in the life science industry and follow-up invitations 5) Reverse pitches by the industry.

Everything clear? Click here for the online application !

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