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elsa program

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The ELSA program helps life science start-ups shape their business ideas to make them viable and propel them to the next level in the shortest possible time. As a continuation of the former AHEAD Life Science Track, the program is conducted by the Life Science Factory in collaboration with partners Fraunhofer and Helmholtz Munich. Selected life science start-ups receive free support in a condensed period of 3×2 days, focusing on technology, market and customer understanding, as well as strategy and investor outreach.

The accelerator program emphasizes individual coaching sessions with experts on specific topics such as financing models, intellectual property (IP), or pitch training. Through interactions among themselves and with our coaches, start-ups are empowered to advance their projects intensively. The program concludes with a pitch event in front of an expert and investor jury, as well as a wide audience. All components of our program are conducted in English.

application for the ELSA Track 2023

The registration deadline for the 2023 track has already passed.

Who can participate?
Individuals, teams or start-ups with a technology related to life sciences (drug development, medtech, biotech, food and more.) If you are unsure whether the ELSA program is suitable for you, please feel free to contact us.

How does the application process work?
Fill out the contact form, including a pitch deck or a short presentation (e.g., information about technology, market, team, support needs), and submit it by July 21, 2023, at the latest. The earlier we receive your application, the sooner we can start the personal exchange and provide optimal support for your idea!

about the elsa program

program structure

ELSA is short for Entrepreneurial Life Science Accelerator. The ELSA program kicks off with the Bootcamp in September. The other check-ins will take place in Göttingen in the period from October to December.

What are the objectives of the ELSA 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 ELSA program?

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 core of the program lies in the individual coaching sessions with up to 15 experts on various topics from the life science field.

process and dates

Bootcamp: Intensive kick-off day: September 6, 2023
 
  •  Stress test for team and project
  •  Needs assessment with lead coaches
  •  Day concludes with a special event including networking
1st Check-in: October 5-6, 2023
2nd Check-in: November 7-8, 2023
3rd Check-in: December 6-7, 2023 (including final pitch event)
  •  2-day topic workshops by experts on validation market / product / team
  •  1-on-1 coachings with life science coaches
  •  Pitch sessions and networking event with potential partners and investors

registration for this year’s Pitch bowl is already open!

 register here

coaches & experts

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Serghei Glinca

CEO & Co-Founder, CrystalsFirst

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Jan Wende

Managing Director, mediq innovation experts

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Dr. Grit Zahn

Head of Research, Eternygen GmbH

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Dr. Thomas Reichthalhammer

Consultant, MedTech360

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Julia Schomburg

Geschäftsführerin, Arkadien Finanz GmbH

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Siro Gottardi

Life Sciences & Health Technology Specialist

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Trent Huon

Business Designer, Freelance Consultant

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Simona Schindler

Biotech Venture Building, Blue Ribbon Partners

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QM & Regulatory, Life Science Factory

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Daniel Schuppmann, ll.m.

Lawyer, Associate, Neuwerk

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Dr. Jonas Welge

Lawyer, Senior Associate, Neuwerk

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Dr. Edgar-John Vogt

Venture Manager, Life Science Valley

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Sebastian Mähler

Managing Director Business Consulting, white IP

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Dr. Anja Zimmermann

Equity Management & Valuation, Ascenion

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Dr. Berit Hamer

Global Health & Life Sciences Consulting

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Dr. Arnd Steuernagel

Scientific Opportunity Development

interviews with start-ups and coaches of the program

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 and now in the ELSA program! 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! Thomas as also a LEAD coach of the program – 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!

 

contact

irina reimer

Program Director

irina@lifescience-factory.com
+49 175 7934152

Martin Strehle

Community & Venture Manager

martin@lifescience-factory.com
+49 160 931 885 75

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life science valley

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about the program

The Lower Saxony high-tech incubator for start-ups in the life sciences

The Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs is funding a number of high-tech incubators at various locations throughout the state with the objective of accelerating the establishment of new high-tech companies in Lower Saxony, supporting innovations, and ensuring the viability of the region into the future.

Life Science Valley’s founding partners

Life Science Valley GmbH was founded jointly by the University of Göttingen Medical School, Life Science Factory, and Sartorius in a collaborative effort combining excellent science & research, profound knowledge of start-up incubation and acceleration, and innovation-driving industry.

For more information on Life Science Valley, click here.

contact

Levke Johanna Deutsch

HTI Programme Management

Levke-Johanna.Deutsch@lifescience-valley.de
+49 1511 719 3023

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