ahead life science track 2021

The AHEAD Life Science Track is a program in cooperation with Fraunhofer which takes places for the third time this year. Life Science start-ups receive free support offers covering the topics “Life Science”, “Industry” and “Go-to-Market” in a period of 3×2 days. The focus will be on 1-on-1 coaching sessions with experts on individual issues such as financing models, IP or pitches. In a dynamic exchange among each other and with our coaches, the start-ups get the opportunity to work intensively on their projects. At the end of the track, a pitch event is held in front of a jury of experts and a broad audience. Following a successful digital life science track last year, this year’s track will also be conducted digitally! The whole accelerator program will be held in English. 

Apply now! The deadline for the application will be the 16 of July.

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The AHEAD program kicks off with the Bootcamp – in 2021 also digitally. The other check-ins will persumably also take place in digital form in the period from October to December 2021.

What are the objectives of the AHEAD program?

  • Developing a viable business model and market validation
  • Creating a target group oriented pitch
  • Forming an entrepreneurial team
  • Enhancing business development and acquisition expertise
  • Establishing a network with relevant partners in the life science industry

What is happening at the AHEAD program in the Life Science Track?

The program consists of keynote speeches and workshop sessions covering topics such as team, market and product, as well as networking events with industry partners, life science entrepreneurs and experts.

The following focus points and dates have already been determined:

  • 13.-16. September 2021: Bootcamp – kick off, get to know & coaching focus
  • 05.-06. October 2021: Life Science focus – regulatory & life science business strategies
  • 16.-17. November 2021: Industry focus – market understanding & validation
  • 08.-09. December 2021: Go to market – final pitch presentations & fundraising strategies


Coaches & Experts

Dr. Sven Wagner

Head of Business Development, Sartorius AG
Managing Director, Life Science Factory


Dr. Grit Zahn

Head of Research, Eternygen GmbH

Dr. Thomas Reichthalhammer

Consultant, MedTech360

Magdalena Kempa

Venture Manager, Blue Ribbon Partners

Trent Huon

Business Designer, Freelance Consultant

Lisa Gius

Self- & Team Development, AHEAD / Fraunhofer Venture

Dr. Peter Keinz

Associate Professor, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Johannes Bührke

Senior Consultant, MHP Management- und IT-Beratung GmbH
External research assistant, Smart Mobility Research Group Uni Göttingen

Jens-Peter Horst

Managing Director, MBM Science Bridge

Feodora Lenz

Head of Innovation Management EXIST, Universität Göttingen


Experiences of Mnemogen

Mnemogen participated in the Life Science Track 2019 and won the special prize “Life Sciences” at the LIFT-OFF start-up competition last year! Get an insight into the team’s experience in the interview!

Experiences of Advosense

The Advosense team also took part in the Life Science Track 2019! Insights into the team’s experiences during the track and information about the current status of the start-up can be found in the interview!

Experiences of Grit Zahn

Grit is one of our LEAD coaches in the AHEAD Life Science Track! She already participated in the last years and will also support all teams this year. What you can learn from Grit and what is special about the Life Science Track from her point of view, you can find out in this interview!

Experiences of Thomas Reichthalhammer

Thomas already coached our teams 2020 and was a great enrichment for all teams with his expertise! For this year, we were even able to win Thomas as a LEAD coach – he is just like Grit a permanent contact person for the teams! How exactly Thomas supports the teams and why he is part of the AHEAD Life Science Track, you can read in the interview!

More interviews with coaches and teams will follow – be curious!


You want to know more about the closing event of the Life Science Track? Click here for the press article of the Pitch Bowl!

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