What is the Life Science Accelerator?

The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg is a 12-month Accelerator program for life science startups in the pre-seed or seed phase to optimize their development process. The program includes high-quality workshops and a stellar network of industry experts and mentors to strategically progress through different stages.

Acceleration Roadmap

Apply now and get all pieces in place to reach your goal: Acquire valuable knowledge to progress your startup, find suitable partners and gain traction with funding.

About the program

Pre-Acceleration Phase

  • Individual schedule to reach your milestones

  • Mentoring sessions

  • Definition of your core competences

Acceleration Phase

  • Workshops on design thinking, pitch training & business modelling

  • Workshops on strategy, finance, market, law, team etc.

  • Mentoring on content-related issue

Acceleration Goals

  • Investment-ready life science startup

  • Benefit from our partner network

  • Meet potential investors


Professional Coaching

Our mentors and coordinators are experts in their fields. Together you form an unbeatable team to get investment-ready.


Access to VCs, business angels and Pre-Seed BW.


Progress your startup in one of the most flourishing and best equipped Life Sciences regions in Europe.

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Who can apply?

Life Science Startups
Life Science Teams

with more than 2 people


with an elaborated idea or a protoype


that have founded in Baden-Württemberg or are planning to do so

Why Heidelberg and Mannheim

The organizing institutions are based in Heidelberg and Mannheim, the perfect region to accelerate your life science startup.

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Our Network

Lisa Wittmeyer
Consultant at Johner Medical

As a consultant at Johner Medical...

Jorge Juan Fernandéz García
Venture Partner

Jorge was Director of Innovation...

Peter Hartung
Head of Consulting, Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs

Peter Hartung studied precision engineering...

Laura Hausmanns
Business Strategy Consultant

Laura Hausmanns has a broad international experience...

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What our participants say.

The Life Science Accelerator yields an immeasurable value for us as a young medtech startup. The talks, workshops and sessions give us great knowledge and connections to push forward.

Dr. Manuel Geisler, Co-Founder of FingFang
The Life Science Accelerator has supported us greatly in all aspects of the foundation of our company and it is an excellent network to the actors of the health system in Baden-Württemberg.
Frederike Layda, Co-Founder of vicron gmbh

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The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg is a 12-month accelerator program to get your life science startup off the ground.

We support your team with coaching and mentoring session with a clear life science focus, an international network of experts, mentors and investors as well as ongoing support through our Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg team. At the end of the program, you have the opportunity to pitch your idea to our network.

No, the accelerator program is an equity-free program and free of charge.

We are a an accredited partner of Startup BW Pre-Seed, an early stage financing program for startups in Baden-Württemberg. Contact us for more information and on how to apply for Startup BW Pre-Seed.

The program is in English.

The program team is based in Heidelberg and Mannheim but startups and projects from all over the globe can apply to join our program. We invite participants to join workshops, conferences and partner events both physically and virtually. Currently we are running the program virtually.

The region around Heidelberg and Mannheim has so much to offer: a vast amount of life science companies and research institutions, two of the best medical universities in Germany, a amazing startup infrastructure and a high density of medium sized companies and big corporations as potential customers. To top it all off, the Rhine-Neckar region is also a great place to live.

You can start in September or in February.

Program Partner

The Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg is organized by:

Program Supporters

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