Dr. Angelika Vlachou, Principal at High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), supported the SPARK-BIH mentoring and funding program at the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH), with a dedicated hands-on Pitch Training Workshop for selected translational project teams: 25 teams of clinicians and scientists from Charité, FMP and MDC, were invited to benefit from the workshop, taking place between May 10 and June 2, 2022. The workshop started with a talk by Dr. Angelika Vlachou about the essentials of a Pitch Deck, Do’s and Dont’s as well as expectations of VCs. Following this, all teams prepared a non-confidential pitch presentation and presented their translational projects in front of Dr. Vlachou, the SPARK team as well as experts from the SPARK-BIH network to receive feedback and valuable input to their pitches.
All teams are currently supported and funded by the SPARK-BIH program, which aims to de-risk their projects with high potential impact, addressing critical unmet medical needs. The skill of presenting their project successfully in front of stakeholders and investors is crucial to secure follow-on funding, allowing to advance their research discoveries from the bench to the bedside.
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor for innovative technologies and business models. It supports founders whose ideas can revolutionize entire industries and improve people’s lives – from the foundation of a start-up to its exit. To date, the HTGF has successfully launched a total of three funds, financing more than 650 companies, of which more than 150 have been successfully sold or floated on the stock exchange. In addition to seed investments, over 4 billion euros of private funds have flowed into HTGF portfolio companies through follow-up financing.