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unlock_ Incubation Program

Launching a startup is challenging. And especially in a specific sector like life sciences & health. The unlock_ Incubation Program is an entrepreneurship program to support life science and biotechnology start-ups in this early phase to become “economically active.” In other words: raise money, spend money strategically and build healthy teams. We do this by having you answer the question: “How can we help you?

During the 12-month incubation program, we support you in identifying the blind spots in your business model and developing a validation strategy. The program is designed specifically for Life Science and Biotech entrepreneurs.

Are you interested in participating in the 2024 program? Schedule an intake below and/or download the brochure!

This is unlock_ Incubation:

Each Life Sciences and Biotech company has its own unique challenges. To meet your specific needs, we challenge you to answer the following question: “How can we help you?

With this in mind, the unlock_ Incubation Program is divided into two parts:

  1. The onboarding in which you attend 13 highly interactive sessions over 4 months to challenge you to answer questions and gain insights around your fundamentals, development plan, fundraising, time management and business relationships.
  2. The tailor-made 8-month program that you can design based on your own specific needs. The insights gathered in the first 4 months during onboarding will help shape your unique deliverables for this period. There are also program sprints during this period.

Furthermore, you will get the support and access to the venture capital and Biotech network needed for your startup.

In this program, you unlock:

  • The largest Life Science & Health (LSH) network in The Netherlands;
  • A great group of colleagues working toward similar goals;
  • Access to in-depth expertise;
  • A great place to work at PLNT or at BioPartner;
  • Guidance right where you need it;
  • Drinks and knowledge-based events;
  • The next step for your business.

The selection process

Deadline registration

1 March 2024

Startup selection & pitch days

18 en 19 March 2024


April till June

Tailor made

Juli 2024 till April 2025

It's finished!

April 2025


See the most frequently asked questions.

Do you think the unlock_ Incubation Program is the right fit for you? Or are you still in doubt? Plan an intake with program manager Christian Ramakers. See page 5 of the brochure for the rest of the application process.

We are looking for starters who:
1) have an innovative and scalable LSH startup
2) a clear motivation to become economically active
3) have a proof-of-concept of your technology
4) have a clear idea of your product-market fit.

No, but you must enroll in Leiden within a month of starting the program.

The Onboarding phase of the program consists of 13 full-day sessions during the first 4 months. There are also various events and coaching sessions throughout the year. To get the most out of the program, we also ask you to work on your startup between sessions.

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