LevelUP Accelerator
First Health & Life Sciences Accelerator in Romania.

Accelerate your idea with us

LevelUP Health & Life Sciences Accelerator is an intensive 6-month program specifically designed to accelerate early-stage startups (under 3 years) who offer a solution in the life sciences field. During the accelerator, teams will receive support from experts on topics such as: discovering and understanding customers, developing and validating solutions, attracting funding, marketing, or sales. The number of spots is limited to 12 businesses, maximum 25 people, founders, or core team members. The costs, amounting to 8000 euros, are covered by INNO/ADR NV through the EIT Health Drive project. Founders do not need to give up equity or shares to participate in the program.

What you get

Personalized support

The accelerator caters to the individual objectives of each startup.

Created for your field

The first accelerator in Romania designed for businesses in the life sciences fields.

1:1 mentorship

Ongoing access to experienced mentors through 1:1 sessions throughout the entire program.

Wide array of know-how

Marketing & Sales, Legislation, Funding, Product Market Fit, Networking, and much more.

Funding opportunities

Post-program support in identifying and applying for public and private funding.

100% free

Each startup will receive 8000 euros worth of support, funded by INNO and EIT Health.

International network

Access to an international network of experts, mentors, business consultants, and investors.

Business consultancy

The startups will have free access to business consulting sessions, tailored to their needs.

Venture capital

At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch your idea to groups of investors.

The ideal candidate...

  • Has an established company (less than 5 years) or one that will be established by the end of the program
  • Has a team of at least 2 people working full-time or part-time on the development of the start-up
  • Has a solution (MVP) in the Healthcare or Life Sciences fields and is ready to take it to the next level in just 6 months 
  • Is determined and can commit to 10–20 hours of work per week
  • Can participate in at least half of the in-person meetings in Cluj-Napoca

Life Sciences

Are a set of scientific fields that focus on the study of living organisms and the biological processes that govern them. Here are some life sciences branches, but this list is not exhaustive:

  • Health
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agri-food
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology (agricultural, environmental, industrial etc.)
  • Medical devices
  • Food supplements
  • Waste treatment
  • Biofuels
  • Applications open
    28 February 2023
  • Networking event
    22 March 2023
  • Application deadline
    02 April 2023
  • Introductory bootcamp
    25 April 2023
  • First meeting
    04 May 2023
  • Last meeting
    07 September 2023
  • Demo Day (TBC)
    18 September 2023
Program structure
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Introductory bootcamp
April 25th—26th—The selected teams will participate in an introductory bootcamp alongside their mentors, where they will get to know each other and set a personal roadmap for their objectives and expectations for the duration of the accelerator.
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Bimonthly meetings
May 4th—September 7th—Regular meetings will be held every other Thursday, providing a platform for teams to showcase their progress, discuss their approach to the assigned homework, receive expert feedback, and engage in specialized training in areas relevant to their field.
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May 4th—September 7th—Throughout the accelerator, participants will have access to experienced mentors both from Romania and from the EIT Health Mentoring and Coaching Network, to guide them in achieving their set goals. Between sessions, teams will have at least one hour of 1:1 mentoring.
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Demo Day
September 18th (TBC) —At Demo Day, participants have the opportunity to pitch their solution to a specialized audience consisting of investors, experts, and prospective clients.


Mentors & Experts

David Achim

Executive Director

@Make IT in Oradea



Cristiana Bogățeanu

Business Developer in Life Sciences & Healthcare @Nagarro



Stelian Brad


@Cluj IT Cluster



Cătălin Briciu


@Linnify and Nutriento



Oana Buzatu

Innovation Strategy Officer @StartupCity


Răzvan Cherecheș

Executive Director @Health Policy and Public Health UBB


Philip Choban


@Telios Care



Alexandru Dancu

Technical Lead



Adriana Dunca

Project Manager



Cristian Dascălu





Kinga Hening

Researcher and Referent @UBB TechTransfer


Cristina Grigore




Bianca Muntean

Co-Founder & Cluster Manager

@Transilvania IT Cluster



Ion-Gheorghe Petrovai

Director of Innovation



Florin M. Pop


@Primainvest Capital Management



Alexandru Roja

Head of Innovation and Digital Transformation

@Transilvania IT Cluster



Ioana Ienaga

Events Coordinator



Fabian Jichi

CTO & Co-Founder



Rodica Farcaș

Business & Organizational Development @YZ


Mircea Vădan

Managing Partner




Valentin Filip

Managing Partner

@Fortech Investments


Adrian Șuteu

Operations Manager

@Transylvania Angels Network (T.A.N.)


Vlad Nește

Life Sciences & Healthcare @Nagarro


Florina Maria Truță

Product Owner

@Fortech Products



Tudor Stanciu

Co-Founder @Ventures'n'Law


Ovidiu Stan

Associate Professor @UTCN



Cristina Țoncu

Regional Growth Senior Advisor @ROTSA



Adina Rus

Co-Founder  @Stressless



Tudor Pasc

Incubation Director @ROTSA


Bhaskar Rana

Associate Director @Nagarro


Ionuț Tarcea


@X by Ascendis


Liviu Cadariu

Program Direct



Calin Șipoș




Diana Mereu




Mihai Cărăbaș

Start-up Advisor & Founder @Legal Accelerators


Andrei Pavel

Technology Lawyer



Dan Vodnar

Vice-rector for Research

@USAMV Cluj-Napoca


Alexandru Bogdan




Lokeshwar Sivakumar

Staff Consultant 




Alexandru Vesa

CEO & Co-Founder




Șerban Udrea

Project Manager



Silvia Ursu

Investment Readiness Program Lead @Techcelerator.Co



Bogdan Covaliu

General Manager

@Careers in White


Ioana David

VC professional



Alexandru Popescu

Managing Partner

@Cleverage VC



Laviniu Chiș

Department Head



Ștefan Rusu

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Expert @INNO


Andreea Lungu

Communication & Community Building Expert @INNO


Anca Roman

Smart Specialization Department @ADR NV


Gina Tamaș

Public Institution & Investor Relations Expert @INNO



1. How can LevelUP Accelerator help me?

In addition to specialized training sessions, 1:1 mentoring, and business consultancy, LevelUP Accelerator offers you the opportunity to meet and work alongside the most important stakeholders in the regional entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Health and Life Sciences. Additionally, at the end of the Accelerator, the startups will pitch their solution in front of a group of investors and potential clients.

2. Which startups are eligible?

All startups that offer a solution in the fields of health and life sciences and have already established a company or commit to establishing one by the end of the program are eligible.

3. What are life sciences?

Life sciences are a set of scientific domains that focus on the study of living organisms and the biological processes that govern them. Some of the fields that are part of life sciences, without being limited to these, are agronomy, nutrition, anatomy, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, biological engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, neuroscience, nutrition, wellness, toxicology, ecology, microbiology, botany, pharmacy, virology, zoology, etc.

4. How many members of my team can participate in the accelerator?

Each team can send two participants, either founders or core members. To ensure a comprehensive experience and effective progress, we suggest that the same individuals participate throughout the entire program.

5. How much time do I need to invest in the program?

The LevelUP accelerator is customized for the needs and objectives of each startup, so the amount of time invested will vary from team to team, but we anticipate a required commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week. In-person meetings will take place once every two weeks (6-8 hours/meeting), and between meetings, each team will need to make progress or complete a series of tasks based on their own roadmap (10-20 hours/week) and have one-on-one sessions with mentors (1-2 hours/week).

6. What happens during the bimonthly meetings?

The bimonthly meetings will be divided into three sections: (1) a 30-60 minute Q&A session, (2) a 3-4 hour feedback session from experts based on the teams' progress presentations (their own "roadmap"), and (3) a 1-2 hour advanced lesson on a topic of interest for the teams.

7. Where will the in-person meetings take place?

The meetings will take place in Cluj-Napoca, once every two weeks, on a Thursday. The location of the meetings will be communicated to all participants in advance.

8. What prizes will be awarded at the end of the program?

LevelUP Accelerator doesn't offer money prizes, only support services.

9. Do I need to give up equity?

No, founders do not need to give up equity or shares to participate in the program.

10. Can I sign up if I only have an idea?

Yes, if either (1) it is an idea developed within an existing company targeting one or more fields of life sciences or (2) it is an idea targeting one or more fields of life sciences and you commit to founding a company to develop the idea at least 3 months before completing the program.

11. What expenses are not covered?

The costs, amounting to 8000 Euros per start-up, are covered by INNO/NW RDA and EIT Health. The only expenses to be borne by the participant will be transportation and accommodation in Cluj-Napoca (if applicable) and transportation to the location of the introductory bootcamp (if applicable). All other costs, including accommodation and meals during the Bootcamp are provided.

12. Can I get in touch with the organizing team if I have more questions?

Of course! If you have further questions, you can email us at inno@nord-vest.ro