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Meet in Italy for Life Sciences – MIT4LS – has always been home for startups, with more than 540 participating over six editions. Since 2016, specific initiatives to train and support startups and business idea have become a key component of MIT4LS, with more than 290 applications collected, 95 startups attending the training sessions, more than 110 investors and corporate representatives involved.

Within the activity for the 2021 edition in Genova, Meet in Italy for Life Sciences StartUp Breeding 2021 – MIT4LS SUB2021 is the initiative designed for life sciences startupper, providing them with expertise, tools and connections to boost and fully exploit their business potential, being supported by several investment funds and life sciences organisations (more than 30 organisations, in addition to MIT4LS2021 organizers).

The selected startups will benefit a tailored entrepreneurial journey, diving into coaching sessions with life sciences experts and mentors, who will help them in refining their business approach and the communication of their innovation value, accompanied by seminars on specific topics.

The journey will end with a pitch (in virtual mode if conditions will not allow otherwise) to potential corporate partners and international investors on the 1st of October 2021. Moreover, at the end of the event, an expert jury will assign the title of  MIT4LS2021 most innovative start-up award – Atlantis Pitching Arena Award 2021 and the other Special Awards, offered by the network of partners of SUB2021

The winner of Atlantis Pitching Arena Award 2020 was D-Heart, with its hospital grade smartphone portable ECG device.

MIT4LS SUB2021 stages

IconeBootcamp 01 March, 22nd – June, 4th

Call for applications: from the 22nd of March up to the 4th of June, life sciences startuppers (see below for criteria) can apply for MIT4LS SUB2021 selection.

IconeBootcamp 03 By the half of June

Applications ranking communication: End of selection by the Selection Committee, communication and virtual meetings with the relevant startups to set the training sessions agenda.

IconeBootcamp 04 July, 5th – September, 24th

Business scuba diving training sessions: Expert startup coaches will help the selected startups, giving tailored advice to strengthen and fine-tune their business proposal. On-line sessions will be carried out with the coaches, analysing weaker aspects in the proposal and focusing on the pitch presentation in the last meeting, to prepare the startups for the final stage at the event.

IconeBootcamp 05 October, 1st

Atlantis pitching arena: In Genova, during MIT4LS event, the selected startups will present their business proposal in pitching sessions in front of international investors and corporate representatives. An expert jury will assign the title of the most innovative startup of MIT4LS2021 and the other Special Awards, offered by the network of partners of SUB2021.

Admission and selection criteria

The bootcamp is dedicated to life sciences innovative startups/emerging companies working in the following areas:

  • Medical devices
  • IT applications for health
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medicine, human health & wellbeing
  • Related value chain activities

No geographical restriction applies. Minimum required TRL for the proposed solution in the application is 3; 4 or more preferred.

Applications selection will be done by the Selection Committee based on:

  • Team experience and skills
  • Proposed solution and context description (clarity and scientific/technical soundness)
  • Market potential
  • Marketing strategy and competitors mapping
  • Revenue stream and financials credibility
  • Quality of the attached pitch

Applications must be submitted in English, with all the mandatory section filled in.

The selection for the admission of startups to the coaching program and the pitches during MIT4LS2021, and the awarding of honors at the end of the event will be made respectively by the Selection Committee and the jury of experts of MIT4LS SUB2021. Their judgement is final and not appealable.

How to apply

Applicants have to download the following zip file containing the application form, the personal data privacy notice and related authorization

Download application docs

fill out all the application form sections, and send it by e-mail to, together with a 2010 PowerPoint compatible or pdf pitch presentation, and the pdf of the signed authorization to process personal data.

Deadline for submitting applications: 4th of June, 17:00.

Applications longer than 4 pages will not be taken into consideration, as well as those received over the deadline. The suggested number of pitch presentation slides is 10-12. Total files size (application form + pitch presentation + personal data processing authorization) cannot exceed 10 Mb.

Applicants must not submit confidential material.

Only MIT4LS2021 evaluators, coaches and organizers have access to the applications. They are not responsible for the possible protection of intellectual property or other rights of participants. The organisation of the initiative is not responsible for any failure, delay or problems with the receipt of applications. The organization reserves the right to change dates or rules of the competition at any time. The organization will make every effort to communicate any changes in good time on the initiative website and by e-mail to applicants or selected startups.

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