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Call description


Call description

Chiesi is sponsoring the best startup worldwide in Respiratory, Neonatology, Rare Diseases, Transplantation or Consumer Health Care to participate in 2018 Richi Entrepreneurs Boston Immersion program, from October 15th to November 2nd, 2018.

The program offers participants a unique opportunity to explore Boston’s world’s best life sciences ecosystem, expanding their knowledge in their specific sector, accelerating access to a wealth of resources within the industry, and connecting with a world class network (investors, industry experts and key opinion leaders, research centers, government, hospitals, labs, or incubators). Startups improve both their probability of success, and the chances to compete for collaborators and funding. Participants define their landing strategy to make the most out of this rich ecosystem.

The sponsorship covers the participation cost of the Boston Immersion program for up to 2 team members of the startup, and includes a $2,000 grant for travel and housing expenses.

This is an exceptional opportunity not only to explore and connect with Boston’s healthcare ecosystem, but also to start building relationships with Chiesi, a multinational pharmaceutical company committed with open innovation and new promising solutions for the industry.

Apply before April 25th to benefit from a priority evaluation by Chiesi. Final application deadline is May 25th 2018.

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Application Criteria

Application Criteria


Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:


Therapeutic areas: Respiratory, Transplantation, Neonatology, Rare diseases, Consumer Health Care.

Early-stage and early-growth startups .

Applicants from any country.


Startups and projects will be evaluated under the following selection criteria: 


Unaddressed global challenge.

Scientific or technological evidences.

Fit: with the team, the targeted market, the value proposition.


Scalable business model.

Potential for establishing collaborations with Chiesi.

Passionate and committed entrepreneurial team.

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Application Process

Application Process




Applicants must fill out the online admission form (make sure to select Chiesi as the call you are applying for in question 28). At the end of the online admission form, you will find the Chiesi Rules & Regulations).

Applications submitted before April 25th at 12:59pm GTM+1 will benefit from a priority evaluation by Chiesi. 

The final deadline is May 25th 2018, at 12:59pm GTM+1. 



5 startups or projects will be pre-selected and invited to pitch their solutions in front of Chiesi’s selection committee. The pitching session will be on June 28th at Chiesi’s Barcelona (Spain) offices.



After deliberation, the winner will be announced up to three working days after the pitching session.



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The Richi Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that all children who suffer from cancer have the best prognosis and quality of life. All the proceeds from the Richi Entrepreneurs Immersion Program will go to support the Richi Foundation’s mission.