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Wildcard Challenge

1x a year

Accelerator Entrepreneurship Networking Start-up Consulting

Let’s develop your idea together!

Do you have a sound idea for a start-up? Is your idea embedded in the field of life sciences (biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, etc.)? Do you want to develop your idea with excellent coaches and get straightforward feedback?

Then you are a perfect contestant for our Accelerator Wildcard Challenge!

Together with our partners White IP and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), we’ll devote a day to input and feedback all about your idea. You will learn the Business Model Canvas and Roadmap approaches. We’ll work with you to develop a tailored roadmap for your upcoming challenges.

And the best part is: You may win a wildcard spot in the ELSA program!

Join us there and make the most of this opportunity! Will you be the next Life Science Unicorn? You’ll never know unless you try!

Goals and advantages of the Wildcard Challenge

What do we do at the Wildcard Challenge?

  •  Evaluate your business idea
  •  Create a business model canvas and a roadmap tailored to your idea
  •  Evaluate the innovativeness, marketability, go-to-market options, regulatory aspects, and product security options for your idea
  •  Offer input on investor meetings, as well as strategies for potential partnerships and understanding the customer base

What are your advantages?

  •  You receive free coaching from selected life science experts
  •  You are shown possible stumbling blocks at an early stage
  •  You learn to better understand your potential customers and partners
  •  You add valuable contacts to your personal network

Application procedure

Registration for the Wildcard Challenge is not open yet. If you are interested or have questions about the program, just fill out the contact form to get in touch with us. If you sign up for our newsletter, you will be informed as soon as registration for the Wildcard Challenge opens. 


Procedure of the Wildcard Challenge

09.30 to 10.00 AM: Warm-up

Status analysis based on the Business Model Canvas for idea/technology | market | IP | financing

10.00 AM – noon: Work session

Transfer from BMC to the roadmap
1:1 session between teams & coaches

Noon – 1.00 PM: Lunch break
1.00 – 4:00 PM: Work session

Transfer from BMC to the roadmap
1:1 session between teams & coaches

4.00 – 6.00 PM: Next steps  

Determining the next steps from roadmap
1:1  session between teams & coaches

6:30 PM: Award ceremony & get-together


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

Jury 2022


Sebastian Mähler

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Martin Stammann

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Tatjana Kasper

Organizers of the Wildcard Challenge

High-Tech Gründerfonds

HTGF is a seed investor, seeking out and financing technology start-ups that have growth potential. With a volume of around €900 million spread across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has accompanied more than 650 start-ups since 2005. Their team of experienced investment managers and start-up experts supports the young companies with know-how, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion. The focus is on high-tech start-ups in the fields of digital tech, industrial tech, life sciences, chemistry, and related business areas. More than €4 billion in capital has been invested in the HTGF portfolio by external investors in more than 1,800 follow-on financing rounds to date. In addition, the fund has sold shares in more than 150 companies.

The fund investors in this public-private partnership include the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, KfW Capital, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and 32 companies.


white ip group

White IP Business Solutions GmbH is part of the White IP Group, alongside White IP Patent & Legal GmbH. They support pioneering companies with respect to both business management and legal matters in all aspects of innovation. From intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, designs, etc.) to exploitation possibilities, strategies, and realization of business projects, their expertise is your advantage.

White IP can advise start-ups on their strategic orientation, protection and exploitation of their ideas, process design and even corporate transactions.

The White IP Group has a patent law firm and a management consulting company as legally independent entities, giving them the interdisciplinary expertise to partner with you in addressing questions concerning intellectual property rights and business management.

Patent law firm and management consultancy, Dresden | white ip (


Life Science Factory

The goal of the Life Science Factory is to promote scientific progress in the life science sector and strengthen research and development of innovative technologies that have a clear application focus.

Since January 2022 we have been offering start-ups fully equipped laboratory space, including state-of-the-art equipment, in the Sartorius Quarter.

In its 3,300 m² meter facility, the new Life Science Factory is also home to innovative event and office spaces, as well as the Maker’s Factory.

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