Kickstart your health business

Join our online Pre-market Validation Program

Are you an international startup or scale-up? And are you looking for a place as a next step to enter the Dutch and European Life Sciences & Health market? Utrecht Region is a globally competitive destination for Life Sciences businesses in the heart of the Netherlands. The combination of our top-ranked academic institutions, a wide range of locations including Utrecht Science Park and a great support network makes our region unique. With our online Pre-Market Validation Program, we actively support you in your business journey and give you access to investments, research and pilot programs. 

Why Utrecht Region?

Utrecht Region offers you a competitive and innovative business climate with excellent academic and research infrastructure. The region is one of the top 3 most progressive European regions regarding the Life Sciences & Health market. We are proactively innovating and transforming healthcare through our Health Hub Utrecht, a collaboration between more than 50 organisations and institutions. Besides, the city of Utrecht has reportedly more than 100 startups in life sciences, healthcare and medical technology, game development, cleantech and IT.

Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht Science Park (USP) is the center of our region. Here, we bring together competencies in the fields of research, education, clinical care and entrepreneurship. This combined expertise is used to design and create healthier, safer and more sustainable cities for today and for future generations. USP offers prime locations for companies in the Life Sciences and Health sector. The Prinses Máxima Centre for paediatric oncology, Bioceros, Genmab, Merus and Nutricia Research are just some of the organisations already established at USP.  Purpose-built business accommodation is soon available for innovative startups and scale-ups as well as for large enterprises.

The advantages of this program

  • Professional and compact online program
  • Next steps to access Dutch and European markets
  • 1-1 support by business, clinical and validation experts and coaches
  • Direct access to investments, research and pilot programs
  • Diverse international participants
  • Become part of an international community of entrepreneurs

A dynamic startup and scale-up ecosystem

There are many initiatives in the region that can help you as an ambitious startup or scale-up with opening up the access to capital, corporates, customers and skills. During and after this program, you will get tailored support of some of these initiatives. Examples are: StartupUtrecht, Startup Inresidence, Local Economic Fund, Utrecht incubators UtrechtInc., Dutch Game Garden, StudentsInc., Life Science Incubator and Venturebuilder Holland Startup. 


"The Pre-market Validation Program helps startups and scale-ups in a professional way and creates precious business opportunities from their network. Their network helped us to increase our chance of collaborating with quality Dutch partners. As a business developer, I must say this is an ideal program for startups and scale-ups to participate and explore."  - Wayne Hou, MedicusTek

The online program - Start 26 April 2021

Follow-up possibilities after the program

  • Business development plan discussions with Economic Board Utrecht
  • Incubator/Fieldlab participation
  • Tailored support by organising parties in your own region or country
  • Tailored support by THINC, UtrechtInc., StartupUtrecht and team Trade & Invest Utrecht Region about validation programs, incubator programs and softlanding into the Netherlands.

Get in touch with our specialist for customised support on how to join the next online Pre-market Validation Program this April.

Jelle van der Weijde
+31 6 47556548