Life Science
Incubator Leiden

Applications now open for the Venture Academy

Within a period of 4 months, startups participating in the Venture Academy work on validating their business case, building a healthy team and raising funding. During the program, they are supported by experienced trainers, mentors and coaches. The program is an initiative of PLNT Leiden and the Life Science Incubator unlock_, both incubators for startups. Startups can register for the program until August 4 at the latest.

Everything a startup needs to get off to a flying start is covered in the Venture Academy. In addition, the companies receive coaching and mentoring by sector specialists who support them throughout the program. After completing the fully subsidized program, the young companies are ready to raise their first round of funding.

Specialised Track

Companies that focus on the field of Life Sciences and Health participate in the ‘Special Track’. Here, unlock_, a partner of PLNT, mentors the startups. unlock_ also serves as an incubator for startups, but is specialized in the Life Sciences and Health sector. This sector requires more in-depth knowledge about technical and legal matters such as patent applications.


Startup companies can register for an intake interview directly through this link. After this introductory interview, there is an opportunity to apply for a spot in the Venture Academy. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 4, 2023. The kick-off of the program will take place on Friday, September 8. For more information, the full brochure is available below.

Applications now open for the Venture Academy
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