HEY, START ME UP! 13 Feb 2018

TWB organizes, with the support of the attractiveness agency of Toulouse, a workshop that aims to bring together European key players in the biotech start-up business ecosystem. This “Biotechshop” will take place on 13 February 2018, at the premises of TBS (Toulouse Business School) in Toulouse (France).

This event addresses to start uppers desiring to develop their bright future activity, to investors looking for new operations and to each newly European actor in industrial biotechnology.

The program will present a European panorama of biotech innovation structures & financial assistance for newly formed start-ups. Tricky advices to overpass specific bottlenecks inherent to this particular growing sector will be delivered by specialists in the biotech business, investors and scientists. Finally, in the framework of a round-table discussion, experience feedback with start-up managers will be exposed ten years after the company creation.

The day will be divided between keynotes, brief notes (testimonials), pitches and networking time to build partnerships with the international key players and experts of the sector.

A pitch contest “Pitch me your biotech start-up!” evaluating the more pertinent industrial biotech project will reward a talented start upper by offering a technical service into TWB’s technical platforms for four months with a great high level scientific support.

Start-up workshop - TWBDownload: Agenda

What to expect?

  • learn about the biotech innovation ecosystem
  • find investors
  • meet European key players in the biotech business sector
  • build a network & partnerships with the international experts of the sector
  • win the pitch contest “Pitch me your biotech start-up!” (TWB award: a technical service for four months with scientific support) – Contest rules

For who?

  • start uppers desiring to develop their activity
  • investors looking for new operations
  • any new European actor in industrial biotechnology

How to register?

Free registration but compulsory
limited to 130 participants

How to compete (TWB Award 2018)?

How to sponsor ?


Toulouse Business School – 20 Boulevard Lascrosses, 31068 Toulouse, FRANCE
In the heart of the city, in the “Compans-Caffarelli” business district
Close to the metro station “Compans-Caffarelli” and bus shuttle service to Toulouse-Blagnac airport

Who to contact?

Marie Tranier – TWB Project manager – marie.tranier@inra.fr – +33 663 213 425


9:00 Welcoming coffee
9:30 Toulouse & TWB welcoming
9:45 European panorama of biotech start-ups
keynote: Evelyn Warner (LABIOTECH)
10:00 Presentation of the biotech innovation ecosystem structures – from the lab to the start-up and the market
keynote: Lidia NUNEZ (IDEA Consult)
brief notes: Jérémie BLACHE (PILI) + 2 other speakers
10h35 Start-up development phases
keynote: Michel MANACH (TWB)
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Overview of the financial assistance available at the EU level for the emergence of innovative companies
keynote: Christophe LUGUEL (IAR)
brief notes: Gilles SCHANG (BPI), Marie TRANIER (SUPERBIO) + 1 other speaker
11:45 Advices for biotech start-uppers
keynote: Alex MICHINE (METGEN)
12:00 Specific biotech start-ups bottlenecks: IP, LCA, HR, communication
brief notes: XX (OXYGENE) + 2 other speakers
12:30 Investors needs
pitches:  Louise CHOPINET (WISEED), Denis LUCQUIN (SOFINNOVA PARTNERS) + 2 other speakers
13:00 Networking lunch
15:15 Pitch me your biotech start-up! (TWB Award 2018)
pitch: pre-selected start-ups
16:15 Biotech start-ups: 10 years after… What’s up?
panel discussion: Emmanuel PETIOT (DEINOVE) + 3 speakers
16:45 TWB Award 2018 – Closing
17:00-19:00 Networking cocktail “Mardi gras”