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iGEM Leiden 2023: PHAse Out microplastics from our diet

Three startups from the unlock_ Incubation community have received the NWO Take off 2 grant.

Prince’s Day: what it means for business owners

Three startups from the unlock_ Incubation community have received the NWO Take off 2 grant.

Being an entrepreneur while studying, our tips!

Three startups from the unlock_ Incubation community have received the NWO Take off 2 grant.

The catalyst that can turn your startup into a reality

Three startups from the unlock_ Incubation community have received the NWO Take off 2 grant.

LBSP Startup Booster

The Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP) has launched the Startup Booster program to promote innovation and collaboration. This initiative seeks to establish LBSP as a hub for innovative projects by bringing entrepreneurs and researchers together.

unlock_ startups secure NWO grants

Three startups from the unlock_ Incubation community have received the NWO Take off 2 grant.

ExCulture wins 2023 Philips Innovator Award

ExCulture took home the Innovator Award at the 2023 Philips Innovation Award grand finale in Rotterdam on May 15th, 2023.

Applications now open for the Venture Academy

Everything a startup needs to get off to a flying start is covered in 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…

Why a Strong Business Proposition is Key to Success for Startups

In this blog, we’ll explore why having a strong business proposition is crucial for startups, and what steps can be taken to develop one.

Exploration of investment fund for MedTech startups in Leiden region launched

PLNT Leiden, Leiden Bio Science Park, the LEH and unlock_ are exploring the need for an incubation program for medtech startups in the Leiden region. To this end, they have signed a letter of intent with accelerator

Vacancy: Junior Program Coordinator unlock_

Do you want to help put the unlock_ Incubation Program even more on the map? And does it appeal to you to do so at a fast-growing startup hub? Then you are exactly who we are looking for! We offer you the space to contribute to the realization of our ambitions…

ExCulture wins 2022 Gulliver competition

On December 8th the Gulliver final 2022 took place. There was fierce competition between ExCulture, Heliostrome and Baseline. In the end the jury decided to reward ExCulture with €10.000.

unlock_ launches the Market Access & Reimbursement program

Are you planning to raise your next investment round and/or are you creating your market access strategy, but you need to find out how reimbursement works in your target market? Apply now for the unlock_ Market Access…

Leiden iGEM Team returns home with gold medal

The Leiden iGEM student team ‘Binanox’ won a gold medal at an international competition for organic entrepreneurs in Paris. Not only that, Binanox also won three “special awards” for best website, entrepreneurship and best safety policy, particularly around lab work and the use of…

Improving the Startup Visa Scheme

Improving the Startup Visa Scheme

The Netherlands makes it possible for international entrepreneurs to acquire a residence permit on the basis of their startups. Read more in this article.

dHealthIQ closes investment to validate their AI platform

LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding B.V) and Interhealth Holding B.V. invest a total of €500k in the Leiden-based startup dHealthIQ B.V. dHealthIQ supplies analytical software to elderly care institutions (in dutch: VVT).


Science meets society at the Naturalis LiveScience gallery with unlock_LiveScience. unlock_LiveScience is a meeting place where you can connect with, contribute ideas to and learn all about the latest developments on biodiversity and research happening at the Leiden Bio Science Park.

Special nanoparticles for cancer therapy! Will you help?

Developing a better treatment for patients with head and neck cancer, that is what Binanox, The 2022 iGEM Leiden team, want to achieve. They hope to raise at least 10,000 euros for this cause. Support their crowdfunding campaign today.

Iprotics Wins the Venture Challenge Spring 2022!

The winner of the Venture Challenge was announced today at the Dutch Biotech Event. The proud winner of the 2022 spring edition is Iprotics! The innovative startup Iprotics has developed specific proteasome inhibitors that potentially treat multiple myeloma (MM) without the si…

Introducing unlock_LiveScience

Join us on the 16th of September for an introduction to unlock_LiveScience. unlock_LiveScience stimulates the cooperation between companies at the Leiden Bio Science Park and Naturalis to create a place to present cutting-edge research to a broader audience.

Three people discussing the 10 best tips for your Life Sciences and Health venture

The 10 best tips for your Life Sciences and Health venture

Are you a student, an entrepreneur or a researcher who wants to launch your own product or company? Then read these ten essential tips to be as prepared as possible for entrepreneurship!

Betty Huerta presenting to Venture Academy participants in Leiden.

Applications now open for the unlock_ x PLNT Venture Academy

Everything a start-up needs to get off to a flying start is covered in the Venture Academy. Within a period of 4 months, start-ups participating in the Venture Academy work on validating their business case, building a healthy team…

Leiden city center of the water and windmill as part of why Leiden and Science are Inseparable.

Why Leiden and Science are Inseparable

Leiden is the city of science. Hidden behind the central station is a terrain of 110 hectare with over 60 science-based organisations established. This terrain, which is called the Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP), is the biggest life-science cluster in The Netherlands. It isn’t a surprise that Leiden is…

What PR can do for start-ups.

What PR can do for start-ups

As a starting entrepreneur, the media landscape can be a jungle where you must find a path to success without a tour guide. In this article, you will read more about the power of PR for start-ups, tips for using communication correctly and how to grow from idea to full-fledged player.

Black and white holographic image of a brain as part of The 4 latest brilliant inventions in biotech.

The 4 latest brilliant inventions in biotech

Developments in health and science are always interesting. Especially because it can help you when you need it. Recently, four companies have actually turned their idea into an innovation: EXIT071, RespiQ, Doser Medical and Imuno Therapeutics. This is the perfect opportunity…

Investing in science-based startups in Leiden

LEH currently supports about 40 startup and spinout companies aimed at increasing the impact of Leiden University. Among these companies are unlock_ startups. Check out the LEH portfolio and startup stories here.

Leiden startup Doser recieves 500K investment

Doser secures investment to deliver the first 3D printed tablets to patients

Libertatis Ergo Holding B.V. and Stichting Apothekers in Loondienst invest €500k in Leiden based startup Doser.

unlock_ incubation program participants Max Green and Jan Zender with their life science startup product from Panorama Laboratories as part of the Leidsch Dagblad.

Panorama Laboratories aims to use technology to ease the administration of lab work

Good laboratory research is always accompanied by paperwork in which every action is meticulously recorded. This ensures well-foun…

EXIT071 selected as one of 50 women-led deep-tech startups

Yuliya Shakalisava, PhD founder of EXIT071, is one of 50 women selected for the Women TechEU initiative which supports deep-tech start-ups led by women.

leiden based startup and unlock_ incubation program participant EXIT071 receives Investment with UNIIQ and LEH

€350,000 for startup EXIT071 from UNIIQ and LEH

Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ, together with LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding), is investing a total of €350,000 in the Leiden startup EXIT071. Read more about the investment here.

Find the financing that suits your company

As a startup or scale-up you often have different requirements and information than established companies. Rabobank has therefore recently launched a single portal where you can find all the information and you can ask your questions about funding opportunities.

unlock_ director Stefan Ellenbroek with the unlock_ logo as part of an article for the Leidse Dagblad.

De smeerolie voor Leidse biotech startups

“You can see that they are growing, many of our startups have raised financing and found customers.” – Stéfan Ellenbroek, Director of unlock_ 

A woman pipetting in a life science lab as part of the validation program Venture Academy based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Venture Academy: Apply now!

Are you part of a startup and do you want to solve a major problem in the field of Life Sciences & Health? Join the Venture Academy and take the first steps towards making the world a better, happier and healthier place!

Implementation and scaling up coaching round 6 open for life science startups in the Netherlands with unlock_.

Zorg voor innoveren | Implementation and scaling up coaching round 6 open!

After five successful rounds of the Implementation and Scaling Up Coaching scheme, an extra round opened on 21 December 2021. With the subsidy…

A green screen with the Dutch words iq capital breidt uit naar 140 miljoen.

€64 million for IQCapital at fund expansion InnovationQuarter

InnovationQuarter’s own fund – IQCapital – will be expanded with €63.6 million to a total size of €140 million. This will give IQCapital more scope to accelerate innovative South Holland scale-ups and startups to the next phase, to invest early…

Leiden 2022: European City of Science

In 2022, Leiden will be the first European city to present a 365-day science festival. Perfect for anyone with a curious mind, the festival will explore science, knowledge, art, and skills through various scheduled exhibitions, workshops, excursions, activities, and events.

Gulliver Finalists in 2021 with the checks of 2.500 and 10.000 euros for startup competition in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Bionomic wins Gulliver Competition 2021!

Bionomic took home all three prizes of the Gulliver Competition 2021! he Gulliver final took place on Thursday, December 2. The jury was formed by former Gulliver winners and loyal sponsors. This year three candidates competed for the coveted €10.000 prize and €2.500 for the best life scien…

A group of people standing in a room with life sciences and health equipment for unlock_incubation 2022 registration.

Register now for unlock_incubation 2022!

Registration for the unlock_incubation program 2022 is now open! In this one-year program, you will get coached, trained and inspired by the most experienced professionals the Leiden Bio Science Park has to offer. Take your life sciences & health company to the next level!

€300,000 for Leiden startup Imuno from UNIIQ handover with five men including unlock_ incubation participant and leiden based startup Imuno.

€300,000 for Leiden startup Imuno from UNIIQ

Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ, together with LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding), is investing a total of €300,000 in the Leiden startup Imuno, which is developing a new immunotherapy against cancer tumors.

Pionieren in de Polder podcast with profile image of unlock_ startup entrepreneurship coach Bart Hoenen.

Pionieren in de Polder

Do you need a new podcast to listen to? Well BioPartner Leiden has a new podcast series: ‘Pionieren in de polder’. In this podcast series, you will learn all about the pioneers of the Leiden Bio Science Park, both past and present! The final episode focuses on new pioneers: unlock_ and the startups in Leiden.

Meet our startups

The unlock_ startups all have one thing in common, they are striving for innovation in Life Sciences and Health. After careful selection, we have our first round of startups joining the program. Click here to meet all the startups of unlock_’s 2021 Incubation Program.

A person in blue gloves is holding a syringe at a life science startup incubator in the Netherlands.

unlock_ expertise

The unlock_ Incubation Program reaches out to a wide range of experts to share their experience with the starting entrepreneurs. One of these panel of experts was about boards, be it a advisory board, a board of directors or a medical board. Click here to meet some of your unlock_experts!

The onboarding is officially over!

A full month of onboarding has gone by – pitches, panels, discussions, workshops and a lot of hard work went into this period. Click here to see the first photo’s of the pitching event!

A group of people hiking up a rocky mountain representing the climb of life science and health startups in their incubation journey.

unlock_ team members

The unlock_team is a varied group of people with different background, but they share a passion for entrepreneurship in the Life Science Health sector. Want to know more about them? Click here to meet all the member of unlock_.

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