Biotope Ventures Fund

Through our Biotope Ventures Fund, we provide a €250k cash investment in the form of a convertible loan. Providing such a significant portion of cash is unique. It will give you the necessary runway to de-risk your early innovation and prepare your startup for seed financing.


“The strength of biotope lies in the combination of its high-quality biotech incubator program with a dedicated fund.”

Annick Verween
Head of biotope

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biotope incubator Facilities


Shared lab facilities

Utilize our molecular biology labs, enabling you to refine your proof of concept and progress maturation of your technology.

biotope incubator Greenhouses


Get access to the greenhouse, featuring an automated phenotyping facility, a two hectare test field and a robotic sprayer to test plant response to crop protection agents and biostimulants.

VIB Core facilities

Tap into the potential of VIB Core facilities, where cutting-edge resources meet top-tier expertise and state-of-the-art equipment across 10 research domains in a comprehensive research ecosystem.

biotope incubator Facilities

biotope loft

Enjoy our shared co-working space in the biotope loft, dedicated for you and your team.

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biotope is an initiative of VIB, one of the world’s premier life sciences institutes and the driving force behind the Flemish biotech ecosystem. With biotope, VIB opens up its expertise, support, and fertile ecosystem to external startups.

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Think you've got what it takes?

  • Take part in our program to rapidly advance your technology
  • Grow the confidence of you and your team
  • Turn your startup into an investment-ready business
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biotope incubator Ecosystem Partners


Startup Flanders
VIB logo
Ilvo logo
Flanders Food logo
Sparkalis Foodtech Ventures
Proef logo
Dohler Ventures logo
Kerry logo
Nutreoco logo
Gimv logo
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant logo
The Proteinn Club logo
Boeren Bond logo
Avecom logo
Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum logo
Astanor logo
BioLynx logo
Flanders.Bio logo
Elements Advisory logo
Vito logo
Vlaio logo
Brands and Patents
Foodpairing logo
Startlife Agrifoodtech Accelerator
Future Food Fund
Qbic fund
V-Bio Ventures
Ghent university
biotope incubator partners

“Biotope startups can easily tap into the expertise from ILVO with 600 researchers and an extensive infrastructure. For primary producers, we offer rainout shelters, trial fields and high-tech greenhouses. For food companies, our Food Pilot processing plant carries out an impressive range of food and feed processes on all imaginable food matrices.”

Joris Relaes

administrator-general at ILVO

Want to become a partner?

  • Secure an invitation to our biotope meet-up networking events
  • Engage with a diverse range of thought entrepreneurs, and researchers
  • Stay ahead of industry & market trends and emerging technologies

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