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elsa program

Accelerator Business Plan Entrepreneurship Networking Pitch Training Product Protection Regulatory Affairs

ELSA is a follow-up to the AHEAD Life Science Track and is initiated by Life Science Factory, Fraunhofer AHEAD and Helmholtz Munich. 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 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 program, a pitch event is held in front of a jury of experts and a broad audience. The whole accelerator program will be held in English. 


about the elsa program


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.


Bootcamp: 2 Days in September 
  • Stress test for team and project
  • needs assessment with lead coaches
1. Check-in: 2 Days in October
2. Check-in: 2 Days in November
3. Check-in: 2 Days in December (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

Information about the ELSA program will be published soon. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.

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! 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!




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


Julia Schomburg

Geschäftsführerin, Arkadien Finanz GmbH


Siro Gottardi

Life Sciences & Health Technology Specialist

Daniel Mogefors

Daniel Mogefors

CEO, Mogefors Consulting


Trent Huon

Business Designer, Freelance Consultant


Dr. Berit Hamer

Global Health & Life Sciences


sten küster

Program & Event Manager

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