BioBase4SME Innovation Biocamp

Date: 5th–10th May

Time: All day

Price: Free of charge

Venue: Bovendonk, Netherlands


Apply now for a fully funded, specialist training for you and your business, worth €7000*. Join other new, high-growth, bio-based businesses for an intensive, week-long course that will give you the tools you need to help you commercialise your idea and grow your company. Each session of the training programme will start with a lecture from an expert in a key aspect of business growth followed by a group exercise mediated by an experienced facilitator. You will apply the learning from the session to your own company and pitch to investors at the end of the Biocamp.

(* contributes to EC de minimis allocation)

Find out how some of our previous Biocamap participants got on:

How you will benefit:

  • mentoring sessions with successful business leaders and investors
  • masterclasses from experts in finance, regulation, risk and opportunity
  • live pitch to a panel of specialist investors, active in the sector
  • peer-to-peer learning and networking with biobased companies from across NW Europe

What you will learn:

  • how to analyse your value proposition and develop your business model
  • identifying and securing your customers and other people you need to grow
  • how to address operations, intellectual property and risk management
  • communicating effectively with your investors, customers and suppliers

What is included:

  • all course materials
  • all teaching, lecturing and mentoring
  • investor pitch opportunity
  • accommodation and catering at the historic Bovendonk Hotel in the Dutch countryside
  • social programme to encourage networking

Target audience:

Eager, innovative companies and start-ups working in the bioeconomy which are based in the Interreg North West Europe area.



Day 1 | Sunday 5 May: arrive early evening

Welcome and introduction to BioBase4SME

Networking activity and introductory company pitches



Day 2 | Monday 6 May

Key note speaker on opportunities in the bio-based economy

What is your value proposition – who will buy your product or service?

Key note from successful business that has realised its value proposition

Introduction to Lean Canvas business model – explore company vision, risk and assumptions


Day 3 | Tuesday 7 May

Customer discovery: how to validate your value proposition and business model

Leadership activity

Strategic communications

Social evening in Breda


Day 4 | Wednesday 8 May

Operations: managing quality, meeting expectations, reducing overheads

Successful outsourcing

Key note on protecting your intellectual property

Intellectual property activity

Bioeconomy innovation game, by TNO


Day 5 | Thursday 9 May

Key note on investor viewpoint

Developing pitching skills

Participants are paired with business leaders for one-to-one mentoring sessions


Day 6 | Friday 10 May

Pitch preparation: work to develop a convincing investor pitch

Pitch fest: Live pitch to panel of specialist investors


How to apply:

Download the application form at the bottom of this page and return the completed form to

For further information: email, call +44 (0) 1904328045 or, +31 (0) 6 226 639 34

Deadline for applications is 18 March 2019. Applications will be reviewed by the project committee, you will receive a final confirmation on your participation by Friday 5 April 2019.

The Biocamp is part of the BioBase4SME project, which is funded by Interreg North West Europe.