NLSDays Nordic Stars 2023

Small- and medium-sized life science companies in the Nordics have the opportunity to join the NLSDays Nordic Stars 2023 pitch competition.

At NLSDays, the successful applicants will pitch to an audience of investors, get free access to the conference and the One-on-One Partnering system – and compete for two attractive prize packages.

The selected SMEs will give a four-minute pitch of their companies in front of the investor jury and the conference audience. The two prizes that will be awarded on stage at the NLSDays Closing ceremony are the Merck Advance Biotech Grant Program – Nordics and the NLSDays Nordic Star 2023 Award.

To apply for the competition, please check the inclusion criteria and apply by filling in the application form below. 30 companies are selected by a jury consisting of high-profile investors and big pharma scouts.

Application period 4 May to 31 August 2023

Meet the jury

Inclusion Criteria for applicants

  • SME with main activities in one of the Nordic countries performing research and development within health, medical, or life science industries.
  • Private company.

What you get if selected:

  • One free ticket to NLSDays, including access to the One-on-One partnering system.
  • The opportunity to pitch directly to the investor jury, big pharma scouts, and the NLSDays audience.
  • The chance to take home one of our prizes:
    • The Merck Advance Biotech Grant Program – Nordics: The Advance Biotech Grant Program is a global program that helps biotech startups understand the challenges in the quest to push the next generation of drugs to market. The prize includes bioprocessing technologies and services to an amount of 45,000 EUR.
    • The NLSDays Nordic Star 2023 Award: This award is given to the company with the highest investment potential, and consists of a 10,000 EUR cash prize and additional in-kind services.



NLSDays 2023 application for Nordic Stars pitch challenge

  • *If you're applying under an academic project, please specify University and Project names.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 1 GB.
    Instructions: A 1-pager is a brief summary of your company, including a company and team overview, the problem it solves, market potential, main competitors, competitive advantage, go-to-market strategy, traction, business model, and crucial milestones. The 1-pagers of selected companies will be handed to investors attending NLSDays.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 1 GB.
    Instructions: The pitch deck is only used by the jury to evaluate the readiness level of the company. Maximum 10 slides.
  • Accepted file types: png, jpg, Max. file size: 1 GB.
    Instructions: Logo will be used for NLSDays marketing material for selected companies.
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