3rd Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition

We are looking forward to hosting the 3rd Brain Innovation Days this year! Do you have a start-up or business plan set up for the next great brain innovation and are up for some competition? Then the Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition is the opportunity for you! Pitch your business in no more than 180 seconds to join the running for a Jury and/or Public Prize.

In 2021, the first Brain Innovation Days Pitch Competition was held online, amassing more than 1000 audience votes. In 2022, the Pitch Competition went live in person, with 5 outstanding finalists pitching on stage in Brussels

We want to provide the opportunity to showcase great examples of brain innovation in Europe that can create positive impact — innovations and solutions that will improve the quality of life of people with brain disorders (neurological and mental alike) and support clinicians, researchers, patients & caregivers, industry, and society as a whole.

And the 2023 Pitch Competition Winners are…

2023 Pitch Competition Jury Prize Winner

After winning the 2023 Pitch Competition Jury Prize, Erich Reiter from Say It Labs explained why attending the Brain Innovation Days was important for his company!

Jury Members

William Declerck

Medical Consultant

E-Health Venture

Daniel Koppelkamm


Convergence Partners

Diana Saraceni

Founder & Managing Partner

Panakès Partners

Maarten Van Gorp

Startup Scout & Project Officer


Sameer Zuberi

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

2023 Finalists

Pitch Competition Finalist #1 - Axinesis

Digital Neuro-Therapeutics Platform for @Home neurorehabilitation

Axinesis helps patients with motor and cognitive disorders achieve faster recovery and return to social participation with intensive, functional and motivational therapy. The easy to use and highly engaging neurorehabilitation devices ensure patients receive the amount and intensity of therapy required to drive neuroplasticity and functional recovery.

Pieter Van Den Steen



Pitch Competition Finalist #2 - MindAhead

For a healthy brain – now and later.

MindAhead created an AI-powered tool for early detection and therapy, combatting dementia and improving lives. 

Nina Kiwit

Managing Director


Pitch Competition Finalist #3 - Neurolentech

Paves the way in drug discovery for neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurolentech was founded in late 2020 as a spin-out from IST Austria to identify new treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders. They use the latest scientific laboratory techniques to develop patient-derived neuronal cell models that give us insights into the molecular mechanisms of disease. They use these insights to develop new potential treatments in close partnership with biopharma companies.

Fiona Nielsen



Pitch Competition Finalist #4 - Lymbic AI

Unlocking Brainwave Biometrics: Lymbic AI’s Innovative EEG-Based Authentication for Secure, Passwordless Access with Commercial BCI Headsets

Lymbic AI, an innovative neurotechnology company, aims to revolutionize the biotechnology landscape by offering a comprehensive AI library designed to interpret brainwave recordings from neural devices in real-time. Leveraging Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor technology, this groundbreaking platform will facilitate a deeper understanding of the brain and transform various industries. The primary objective of Lymbic AI is to accelerate the adoption of commercial BCI headsets with integrated EEG sensors, a non-invasive neuroimaging approach for measuring brain activity. 

Nathaniel Rose


Lymbic AI

Pitch Competition Finalist #5 - SAY IT Labs - Jury Prize Winner

SMART VIDEO GAMES: Using Artificial Intelligence, speech recognition, and big data to create video games addressing neurocircuits of speech and language rehabilitation.

Based in Leuven, Belgium, Say it labs BV is a Belgium-based “spin-off” from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (imec). We are developing proprietary artificial intelligence-based speech recognition technology designed to support people with speech disabilities. We combine our state-of-the-art technology with best practices in speech therapy and create video games with the goal of motivating and improving independent practice.

Erich Reiter