Press Release

Catalyze and Briskr announce strategic partnership to accelerate new Life Sciences, Health and High-Tech innovations

Amsterdam, January 11th, 2022 – Briskr and Catalyze have announced a new partnership whereby Catalyze will provide support to Briskr start-ups and SMEs towards successful growth. Briskr is a consortium in the Nijmegen area with the aim of helping start-ups and SMEs to grow faster and make more impact on the Life Sciences & Health and High-Tech sectors. Briskr believes that interaction between knowledge-intensive companies and knowledge institutes, such as universities and government institutions, is essential to realize innovation. Operating in three areas – business support, project and program development for innovation activities, and acquisition of innovation companies, Briskr brings together innovative entrepreneurs in its incubation program (start-ups), acceleration program (scale-ups), and activation program (established SMEs).

Briskr Programme Manager, Martijn Kriens, together with Catalyze Founder & Director, Jalal Es-Sbai.


Catalyze is an innovation consultancy delivering expertise, ranging from strategic consultancy to funding applications, to project management, for clients working in the fields of life sciences & health, and green & sustainable innovations. Driven by a belief that the most meaningful innovations deserve the best chance to succeed, Catalyze has established itself as a key player in the innovation ecosystem, headquartered in Amsterdam and operating worldwide. To date, Catalyze has raised €750 million in funding for its clients, built a network ecosystem of more than 2500 partners, and grown to over 120 employees.

Catalyze joins the Briskr ecosystem as a supporting partner that will deliver comprehensive strategic support, including contribution to Briskr’s general programming, provision of training activities, business coaching and general strategic advice to the entrepreneurs. Activities provided will cover strategic funding advice, tips and tricks for grant writing, and the opportunity for Briskr start-ups and SMEs to gain further strategic support. Together, Catalyze and Briskr will work to accelerate the success of Briskr members operating in Life Sciences & Health and High Tech.

Jalal Es-Sbai, Founder & Director of Catalyze comments on the new partnership:

“The life sciences & health business community in the Nijmegen region contains a mix of exciting new start-ups, fast-growing scale-ups, SME’s and pharmaceutical companies. It is great to be part of Briskr network together with partners such as the municipality of Nijmegen, Oost NL, Rabobank, the Economic Board, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the Radboud Universities. We are looking forward to beginning our role as partner, wherein we will make impact for its members by providing strategic support, focussed squarely on accelerating new innovations. Through this new partnership, we also further strengthen our position as innovation consultants.”

Martijn Kriens, Programme Manager of Briskr:

“Working together with companies in supporting knowledge intensive start-ups is important to create an impact driven ecosystem in Nijmegen. This support around different dimensions is important. As supporting partners we now have Aeternus (company valuation), EP&C (patent attorneys), Janssen Pharmaceuticals JLABS (acceleration), Rabobank (financials), Poelmann van den Broek (lawyers) and now Catalyze. The addition of the knowledge of Catalyze around strategic fundraising and project management will further help start-ups in our ecosystem to grow.”


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