Boosting Science & Technology



HiTech is a unique hands-on training experience for research teams with deep tech projects that provides skills in knowledge commercialisation to enable them to:
  • link Science & Technology to product and market needs,
  • better communicate science to a non-science audience,
  • evaluate the different paths to move the technology to the market.

HiTech will facilitate research teams to be better aligned with Horizon Europe's goals, namely by helping them understand how their research can create a stronger impact in society and how to better disseminate and exploit research and innovation results.

HiTech targets science & technology in these fields: agricultural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, and natural sciences (Please check the full categories here).

 HiTech Outcomes
The participating teams in HiTech will be supported in the development of:
  • a business case for a product (or service) concept generated from the technology(ies) proposed by each participating research team;
  • a pitch presentation of the product (or service) concept that enables to quickly communicate the business case (you can watch them here).
HiTech is now part of the European S3E Project and is designated by S3E Start find out more here.

Take a look at some testimonials and pre-register for the next Cohort here.

Can Apply?

R&D teams from Universities, Laboratories & Research units that want to…
  • Assess the economic potential of their scientific findings;
  • Acquire communication skills to convey research to non-science audiences;
  • Gain skills in technology commercialization.

Startups that want to…
  • Assess the technology assumptions supporting their business development model;
  • Acquire communication skills to pitch to a business audience;
  • Gain skills in technology commercialization.

HiSeedTech members companies that want to…
  • Validate and accelerate the ongoing projects with Universities or R&D Centers;
  • Gain skills in technology commercialization.

HiTech is now part of the European S3E Project and is designated by S3E Start find out more here.
Pre-register for the next Cohort here.

are the costs?

HiTech does not involve any fees to participating teams, because the next editions will be supported by S3E Project.

However, before you apply, you should bear in mind that there is a cost for organizing the Program and you need to assure us that you will have the time and willingness to fully participate in the program throughout its duration. There is a 'moral' penalty for teams that withdraw from the Program once it has started, which is related to the fact that you have left out another team that was willing to participate.

HiTech is now part of the European S3E Project and is designated by S3E Start find out more here.
Pre-register for the next Cohort here.

it works?

HiTech offers a 20-weeks hands-on experience that involves:

  • Online sessions - mainly on the topics related to the process used to guide the research teams in the development of a business case for a product, service, or process grounded on the proposed technology. 
  • Webinars on diverse topics pertinent to the development of the relevant skills (e.g. intellectual property, financials, business development, venture funding).
  • Mentoring (industry experts) that will guide the teams on the validation of the project and in the development of the business case.
  • Networking with industry leaders and showcasing opportunities at the open day.
  • Deliverables on a weekly basis so research teams can apply the concepts learnt during the online tutorials to their technology. 
  • Advisory in the last two weeks of the program to help the research teams fine-tuning their final presentation for the Open Day.
  • Pitch Presentations: During the program, the research teams will have three pitches, one at the beginning of the program for them to explain their technology, one in the middle to present the value proposition of the deep tech project and the final pitch at the end of the program at the Open Day.
It is also important to mention that: 
  • The teams will undergo a training program that will have as the visible outcome a business case for a product/service or process concept sustained by the technology proposed.
  • The teams will pitch their project, at the Open Day, to a large audience composed among others by pre-seed stage investors and corporate ventures.

HiTech is now part of the European S3E Project and is designated by S3E Start find out more here.
Pre-register for the next Cohort here.


HiTech is the entry Program to HiSeedTech set of initiatives aimed at supporting the commercialization of technologies developed from scientific research results and providing skills to participants in technology commercialization.

The follow-on initiative to HiTech aims to support participating teams in further develop the business case and start the procurement of funding from dilutive sources (e.g., venture capital) or non-dilutive sources (e.g, Horizon Europe funding) to further develop the project.

Finally, a subsequent initiative will support the participating teams to move through the three key steps in developing a business plan to:
  • start-up a venture;
  • license the technology to an existing company;
  • or find a partner to further develop the technology.

Watch the pitches of the research teams:

2023 (part of S3E project): 
BioMEMs, Cancer Therapeutics, Carbon^2, CAVI, DVS@FunNanoSurf, EditUp, EPF3Bio, HEKA Vision, HTS INKS, MARCIA, Met Lab, Nano INK, Sumatrix Biotech.

BioElectroFilm, BioReboot, Fykia Biotech, HuTissue, MyoChip, PURR.AI, SENSEPREDIC, Smart Photonics, TINK 

Bactometer, CryoDES, Heartware, i-Grape, MOON Therapeutics, N9VE, NEVADA, PurifY

ACS20, Ceramics4All, Chemi-Tumor, DIAGONAL, GOTech Cardiovascular, M9'Calibre, Metabofind, Phyergy, PureDNA, Self Stacked Systems

AMTC- Anti-malarial combination therapy, CLEVER, ENKI HydroTec, IR Bactyping, NewAlgaFeed, Nitrogen Sensing Solutions,TripleHope

2Resource, AntiBioCoat, Aqua in Silico, GlassLink, GlycoDiagnostic, OncoAdvanC+, Plastics-4B, PPK, SensiNOV, Targ.Tex, UNI.Value 

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