TWB START-UP DAY: the full programme!

The 4th edition of TWB® START-UP DAY is ready & will be held on 2 & 3 February 2021 in a full digital format. The 2021 focus will be on “Industrial Biotechnology: What are we up to?”. This event, organised by TWB, is dedicated to the industrial biotechnology community and beyond; it puts in contact start-uppers and entrepreneurs with investors, SMEs and large corporation who have an interest in the field.

The programme will consist in keynotes, thematic sessions, pitch contests and virtual BtoB meetings to build partnerships between the key players and experts from the biotech start-up business ecosytem.

Full programme

February 2, 2021 1:30 – 4:00 PM CET
Welcoming introduction
Opening keynote – Sarah Reisinger (Firmenich)
“Biotech & Circularity” Session – Philippe Lavielle (Fermentalg), Mateus Lopes (Braskem), Christophe Luguel (IAR, the Bioeconomy Cluster), Stéphane Roussel (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund)
“Fast track it!” Pitch Contest (TWB Award 2021) 

February 3, 2021 – 1:30 – 4:30 PM CET
“Go for it!” Pitch Contest (TWB Award 2021)
“Data & Artificial intelligence” Session – Timothy Gardner (Riffyn), Ghjuvan Grimaud (Biomathematica), Thomas Schiex (INRAE), Joël Sirois (BioIntelligence Technologies)
Start-up story keynote – Sean Simpson (Lanzatech)
TWB Awards 2021


The 2021 edition will host two pitch contests, one “Fast track it!” dedicated to start-ups who are developing their technologies and another new one “Go for it!” dedicated to entrepreneurs who are at the final stage of the ideation.

Pre-selected start-ups for the “Fast track it!” pitch contest:
2 February 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM CET
Award: Technical services on TWB platforms valued at €50,000 & opportunities with IAR (The French Bioeconomy cluster) community.
Register for the event and discover their latest innovative development: BioEB (FR) – Dutch DNA (NL) – Lantana Bio (FR) – XTREM BIOTECH (ES) – Zymvol Biomodeling (ES)

Pre-selected projects for the “Go for it!” pitch contest:
3 February 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 PM CET
Award: Mentoring services, equivalent to four days, provided by TWB and its ecosystem & The French Tech Toulouse and ShakeUp Factory.
5 entrepreneurship projects have been pre-selected: Register for the event and discover the innovative ideas of the applicants!

Virtual BtoB meetings

Several virtual BtoB meeting sessions on 2 & 3 February 2021 are offered, from 07:00 am to 08:00 pm (CET)! Swapcard app allows easy access to the list of participants and to connect with the right people. To benefit from Swapcard, you need to register for the event.

REGISTRATION to the event