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FFUND collaborates with NLC and ttopstart!


NLC searches the globe for the most promising healthtech innovations and nurtures them into viable healthtech ventures to advance health. As part of the venture lifecycle, carefully selected CEOs need to complete NLC’s Kickstarter Program: a 100-day program designed to give the chosen ventures the necessary support and tools to navigate and thrive in the healthcare ecosystem on their own, thus maximizing their chance of success. The first € 100,000 of funding is provided by the Stepping Stone Fund, which is managed by NLC Fund Management. 

NLC asked FFUND and ttopstart to enter into a strategic partnership with them to support CEOs of Dutch ventures with their strategic business and financial expertise during this crucial phase of venture development. In close cooperation, the CEO of the venture, NLC,  FFUND and ttopstart develop and position the business and financial plan for further fundraising. 

Judith Smith, CEO of FFUND: “We are proud to enter into this strategic partnership with NLC and ttopstart, and are greatly looking forward to supporting the CEOs of promising new healthcare ventures with our expertise in the life sciences sector. Together with NLC’s motivated team of experts, we have the shared ambition to bring more meaningful healthtech innovations to society. This partnership is the starting point of an ecosystem that is being created to further the life sciences sector and the innovation climate in the Netherlands.” 

The strategic partnership between NLC, FFUND, and ttopstart is designed to ensure optimal support for the CEO’s of Dutch ventures and maximize the chances of success. The ventures receive a structured strategic business and financial plan, ultimately enabling the technology to reach the patient quicker. 

Sietske Zagers, Managing Director of ttopstart: “Success in Pharma, BioTech, or MedTech requires a business strategy that can break through the many market hurdles. Our driver for this partnership with NLC and FFUND is to contribute to the transformation of healthcare and life sciences by accelerating the introduction of impactful innovations for a wide range of diseases with unmet medical needs. We support healthtech ventures in bringing ideas to the patient by developing smart strategies and help them become funding ready, attracting funding and realizing their goals during and beyond the set projects.”  

In the future, NLC, FFUND, and ttopstart aim to strengthen their collaboration through network knowledge sharing and deepening their connection with like-minded companies. 

About NLC – The European Healthtech Venture Builder 

Rooted in the Netherlands, NLC – The European Healthtech Venture Builder has successfully founded over 80 healthtech start-ups since 2015. Our unique NLC approach – ‘entrepreneurship at scale’ – allows us to find early-stage research, nurture the technologies, and support ventures that have a life-changing impact on patients. or find us on LinkedIn 

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