Pole Position Initiative – Healthtech

Getting deeptech stars ahead of the race

What is Pole Position?

Pole Position is an exclusive initiative for ambitious deeptech entrepreneurs who want to make an impact. In a safe, active environment, startup founders of early-stage deeptech ventures discuss their growth challenges during tailor-made sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs & key stakeholders. This year we select 10 companies with a focus on health tech to join the initiative. The application deadline is September 3rd, 2021.

Getting deeptech stars ahead of the race

Pole Position is a joint initiative between Techleap.nl and four incubators, namely YES!Delft, UtrechtInc, Braventure and NovelT. This pilot will help 10 deeptech startups grow and will focus on facilitating national and international connections, peer-to-peer learning, and access to the best experts. Pole Position has a thematic approach, Healthtech being the first focus theme of this initiative.

Who is the programme for?

For our 1st batch, we select early-stage healthtech companies with a B2B deeptech focus (Medtech & diagnostics, AI, blockchain, IoT, advanced materials, etc.). Pole Position adds most value to companies with technological proof of concept, thorough market validation, and who speed up towards a series A in the coming 2 years.

The criteria

Your company should:

  • Fit the healthtech theme
  • Have a scientific, technology basis
  • Have found your problem-solution fit
  • Have found your beachhead market
  • Have a TRL 4+
  • Have a pre-series A funding

Note: The final list of 10 participants will be announced during the Selection Day, beginning of September (exact date to be announced).


September 3, 2021
Program dates Sep 6 - Sep 30, 2021
Organizer Techleap
Website Visit website
Targets Netherlands
Sectors Biotechnology and medical research, EdTech, Healthcare, HealthTech, ICT, Internet of things (IoT)