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Vol. 29 No. 1
January-February 2007

Science4Life - A German Initiative for Start-Ups in the Life Sciences and Chemistry

by Uwe Gerlach

Science4Life started in 1998 with the idea of providing unique support for potential entrepreneurs in the life sciences and chemistry fields. Now, after eight years it has become an established institution and brand in the entrepreneurial scene. Science4Life is focused on two main activities: the annual business plan competition (Science4Life Venture Cup) and the expert and alumni network (Science4Life Business Forum).

The Science4Life business plan competition enjoys an excellent reputation and is firmly established in the start-up community throughout Germany, not only in the Federal State of Hesse where the competition started. In the eight years since it began, more than 350 business plans have been submitted, more than 200 companies have been founded, and, most important, more than 1600 highly qualified positions have been created. On 1 September 2006, the sponsors of this initiative, the government of the Federal State of Hesse and Sanofi-Aventis, launched the ninth round of this successful competition.

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