Through the support of Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation, establishing a start-up in the fields of medicine (technology), bioeconomy/biotechnology or life sciences will be seamless: The Hanover-based "High-Tech Incubator (HTI) BioIntelligence" has won over 5 million Euros in funding from 1 July 2022 in the ministry’s effort to propel the state as a preferred region for bio-intelligent innovation.
As a high-tech incubator, BioIntelligence will attend to the start-up phase and support existing start-ups in the growth phase. Focusing on medicine (technology), bio-economy and biotechnology as well as life sciences, start-ups under our dwelling benefit from our technology, venture capital (VC) and market demand scouting, hence setting HTI BioIntelligence apart from existing incubation and acceleration projects.
The lead project coordinator and applicant at the Investitions- und Förderbank des Landes Niedersachsen (NBank), which acts as the project management agency, is BioIntelligence GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the non-profit association BioDigit e.V. Going hand in hand with the BioDigit e.V.’s mission, which is promoting knowledge transfer between science, business, and society through biologisation, bioeconomy, digitalisation, and knowledge-based process intelligence, BioIntelligence has benefited through BioDigit’s network and involvement in the implementation of the high-tech incubator. One of which is the chairwoman of BioDigit e.V., Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefanie Heiden. As the initiator of the high-tech incubator, Prof. Heiden deals not only with network issues, but also with interdisciplinary and cross-technology opportunities from scientific researches to solve problems in business and society by partnering HTI BioIntelligence with the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (ITE) at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH)
HTI BioIntelligence's qualified 14 trans- and interdisciplinary founding teams, founding projects and promising start-ups receive financial support of up to 200,000 euros in the current programme. With access to a shared co-working and laboratory space, skills training (workshops, mentoring, individual coaching) and networking (technology, business & venture capital scouting), our first batch of start-ups obtain valuable support in all aspects of the founding work - transforming high-tech ideas into marketable innovations and successful business models.
Through the vast network of our board members, in addition to their knowledge of business development and experience in science management, the HTI's start-ups are well-equipped to achieve commercial success more quickly. We are looking forward to the coming operational years of HTI BioIntelligence & BioIntelligence GmbH!