Biotope has opened its 2nd call to support innovative agrifood biotech startups and founders. The incubator helps biotech innovation take root, by offering labs & science support to derisk the technology alongside business training & mentoring.
The biotope incubator, an initiative led by VIB, is once again on the lookout for innovative agrifood biotech ventures that are positively impacting people’s lives. The aim is to empower teams to strengthen their business skills and biotechnology simultaneously, helping bring fresh innovations into businesses that are ready for seed funding.
VIB is one of the world’s premier biotech research institutes and the driving force behind the vibrant Belgian life sciences ecosystem.
Room to root and space to grow
The programme gives participants access to labs, a network of experts and financial support. It’s a 1-year, tailor-made journey, reflecting that the beauty of biotech and agrifood is in the variety of it. The program only works with a small number of teams to make sure specific needs, challenges and strengths are addressed and highlighted. After a first selection, the 10 best teams are invited to participate in the biotope basecamp, a 2-week hybrid learning experience, after which they pitch to the investment committee to make it to the final selection.
What’s in it for you
Taking place in Flanders, the program is a flagship incubator in Belgium’s flourishing life sciences ecosystem. The team works hand-in-hand with startup teams to develop the tech and business strategies needed to influence the future. Taking part also gives access to an impressive network and funding opportunities.
- €250k pre-seed funding in the form of a convertible loan
- Personalized support to develop both your technology and business
- Access to cutting-edge research technology and facilities
- A multipurpose working spot, co-working labs, greenhouses and offices
- Access to the broad biotope network of researchers, IP & biotech experts, corporate partners and investors
- Dedicated mentorship and coaching from biotech entrepreneurs and experts
Biotope gives startup teams room to grow and support to succeed, so they can bring their game-changing innovations to life.
Annick Verween: “Biotope will make it easier for biotech startups to grow their technology at the same speed as their team and business, science labs, greenhouses and the expertise of one of the world’s premier life science institutes are part of our offer.”