Redefining MedTECH

The MedLim startup program accelerates start-ups that want to bring a new medical device and/or technology to the global market. The MedLim program has been initiated by Medtronic and LIOF, together with the expertise centers Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, Medace, and imec.istart. MedLim provides unique and profound experience and knowledge to help startups.

Medlim 2023

After two successful editions we are preparing for a third edition, starting early 2023. If you are interested in the MedLim program, please fill in the form and we will contact you.

    The MedLim pitch event

    On June 10th, the final day of the program, all nine startups gave a presentation of their product and company during an online meeting. Their pitch was judged by a professional and an audience jury. The first consisted of Mark Lazeroms, Director of Engineering of Medtronic Netherlands, Charity Kufaas, Vice President Business Development and Strategy EMEA of Medtronic, Sven de Cleyn, Program Director of imec.istart and Tys van Elk, Managing Director of LIOF. Business developers from different business units of Medtronic worldwide, investors from Dutch and European funds and other parties from the Limburg ecosystem formed the audience jury.


    And the
    winners are…



    The jury describes Time is Brain as a young company which is using promising technology and a very disruptive technology also. In a field of a broader set of care pathway that is solving a big unmet need in the medical field.



    The jury describes SUTURION as a company with some experience in the field already. Knowing the unmet need that there solving very well and heaving a promising solution for that. It is a very strong public winner.

    What is the MedLim program?

    The MedLim Matchmaking & Fast Track Acceleration Program (3-week sprint) is a free of charge online program. We are looking for promising startups that develop breakthrough, innovative MedTech products and services in the Cardiovascular, Neurological, Spine & Medical Surgical domains.

    A collaboration with MedLim and the expertise partners is unique as they will provide support with world class experts in the field of business, medical device development, regulatory, IP and financing. A limited selection of startups/scaleups will have a unique opportunity to work closely with these experts in the Limburg region (NL) and to benefit from quick access and the know-how of the MedLim partners (Medtronic & LIOF, and expert centers of Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus & Medace) supported by the imec.istart team.

    The expertise partners

    The founding partners Medtronic and LIOF, together with the expertise centers Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, Medace, and imec.istart offer unique and in-depth experience and knowledge to help startups:


    Making healthcare better is our priority, and we believe medical technology can play an even greater role in improving people’s lives. Innovation and collaboration are central to who we are. Today, we are a medical technology leader offering therapies and solutions that enable greater efficiency, access, and value — for healthcare systems, providers, and the people they serve.

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    LIOF has a lot of experience in investing in medical startups and strengthening the economic structure of the Limburg region in the Netherlands.

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    imec.istart – the # 1 tech startup accelerator in Europe – will support you during the acceleration program with coaching and personalized workshops.

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    Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus

    Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus actively facilitates the development of innovations related to health and life science.

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    Medace has extensive expertise in supporting academic groups and companies with innovative medical concepts in need of technical, quality and clinical expertise.

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    The topics of the program

    MedLim is a fast track acceleration program. During an three-weeks course the partners will offer you workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions and prepare you for the final pitch event with investors.

    The workshops cover the following topics:

    Intellectual Property | Clinical Evidence Generation | Regulatory Strategy Consideration | Product Development Roadmap | Medical Value Chain | B2B sales | Quality Management System.

    What’s in it for you?

    Once selected, you will have the unique opportunity to benefit from the expert know-how, network, collaboration & funding opportunities of the MedLim Partners:

    • Medtronic – as global leader in medical technology, services and solutions – will share its extensive expertise with an emphasis on achieving a good quality system and correct documentation to prepare the ventures for human feasibility and potential commercial collaboration options / financing.

    • In terms of clinical validation support, the ecosystem also has a lot to offer in the form of in-depth knowledge available at the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and facilities such as the Medace cleanrooms.

    • LIOF offers access to a large network in the Limburg region and financing options.

    • The Limburg Region offers you this intensive online 3-week fast track acceleration program free of charge.

    • Interaction with other startups.

    • Pitch event for investors and follow-up roadshow with relevant investors.

    • At the end of the program there is an opportunity to have a close collaboration with Medtronic experts with a visit to Medtronic.

    Who can apply?

    Startups active in one of the following fields: Cardiovascular, Medical Surgery, Neurological & Spine.

    Startups that are interested in connecting with the world leading MedTech player Medtronic, while receiving expert advice during interactive workshops and one-on-one mentoring by specialists from LIOF, imec.istart and Medtronic.

    Your startup should be in the ‘acceleration’ phase with an in-depth study already done. Your next step is the ‘design phase’ and you want to work towards a human feasibility study and clinical validation.

    Maarten Van Gorp
    +32 499 77 77 88


    Still wondering whether the MedLim program is something for you? Don’t just believe us, but believe the startups that participated in the MedLim program of 2021 by listening to some of their testimonials:

    Neurosoft Bioelectronics



    Get in touch

    For more information you can contact
    Maarten Van Gorp at Imec.istart: T +32 499 77 77 88

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