The Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) is an elite Nordic Mentoring Program for promising life science projects and startups, driven by the vision of transforming Nordic life science startups into internationally renowned commercial successes. This is done by matching selected Nordic startups with highly skilled volunteer professionals to help them reach their goals and technology milestones. 

A 2 Year Mentoring Programme

for Nordic Life Science Startups

NOME is an elite mentoring programme that facilitates long-term mentorship by 2-4 industry mentors for selected startups.

“The mentors’ advice sharpened my business plan significantly and led to progression in the negotiations with VCs, they introduced me to opportunities (both strategic and financial)”.
Alexander Hovard Sparre-Ulrich, CEO Antag


All mentors are selected from among the best life science experts in the Nordics and the US. They are selected based on their experience, their skills as advisors and their desire to assist others.

The duration of the programme is initially 18 months. However, it can be extended another 6 months. The frequency of the mentor meetings is dependent on the specific requirements of each startup.

Partnership with the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) grants us unique access to companies in the US market and opportunities for early-stage testing.

NOME takes no fee or equity. All services including tailored mentoring and consultation are without charge.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation, Medicon Village, KI Innovations AB, Turku Business Region, Oslo Cancer Cluster Incubator, Aleap, Vertical, BioInnovation Institute, Uppsala Innovation Centre, Life Science Nord, Scanbalt and Accelerace have joined forces ensuring a unique combination of life science expertise and entrepreneurial knowledge.


The NOME mentors are high-profile life science executives, investors, experts and serial entrepreneurs, based in the Nordics and the US. Together, they have a vast experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health and industrial biotech.




Contact your local NOME partner

To apply, reach out directly to your local NOME partner that you find here. NOME enrolment takes place three times per year: February, May and October.


NOME selection committee evaluates companies

The committee selects the companies accepted into NOME.


Matchmaking with mentors

The accepted companies will pitch for the NOME mentors, which will sign up as mentors.


Programme commences

Mentorship begins with a focus on the individual needs of the company.


C-level sessions

In addition to the mentoring, the companies are offered to do peer-to-peer sparing with other relevant NOME companies.


US tour

The opportunity to join a NOME US camp. A US-specific team offering expert regional advice and meetings with potential key partners and investors.



Upon graduation, the NOME companies will be offered to attend future NOME events as an alumni company and continue in the NOME C-level sessions.


Our local NOME partners – based in each of the Nordic countries – work together to identify potential NOME startups and mentors. Together they provide the essential infrastructure that makes NOME a successful pan Nordic life science mentoring program.


Startups must be Nordic-based with a focus on Biotech, Medtech, Diagnostics, Healthcare, Digital Health, and Industrial Biotech with high commercial potential.

We review all applications on an ongoing basis and will respond to your application as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Peter Birk, Programme Director at peb@accelerace.io.

The program does not charge for the mentorship service. NOME nor its partners take any equity or fees.

No, at this moment NOME is only open for life science startups from the Nordic countries.

The programme will focus on projects and teams with high commercial potential. The first step is an application that will be evaluated by a NOME partner. A relevant NOME partner will then interview the applicant to gain a better understanding of the project, the team, ambitions and the project needs. The last step is a presentation to the steering committee for a final selection of projects to be offered the NOME mentoring service.

You are welcome to suggest mentors with whom you would like to work. However, we cannot guarantee you will be matched with your suggestions. We ensure you will receive the best mentors based on the needs of your project.


Find updates about recent NOME events and news from the NOME companies here.

See all updates