Accelerators

AXA + Impact Hub

Financing Type
Grant
Value
€50,000
Eligibility
Applicant must:
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have a demonstrated/viable impact case
  • Have an intervention which is globally scalable
  • Intervention must fit into one of the following categories: healthy living & fitness, addiction prevention & management, digital healthcare, mental health & wellness, chronic disease treatment
Description
AXA, the number one global insurance brand, has partnered with Impact Hub to introduce an initiative with the goal of empowering people to live better lives through efforts to prevent health and safety risks. Prevention With Impact will award one outstanding venture with a personalized acceleration program, professional consultancy from AXA’s expert employee network, and €50,000 to scale.
http://www.impacthub.net/stories/axa-and-impact-hub-launch-safety-health-startup-accelerator

Bethnal Green Ventures

Financing Type
Equity
Value
£20,000 for 6% equity
Eligibility
Specific focus on Health, Education and Sustainability. Focus on ventures which:
  • Improve health outcomes
  • Improve access to healthcare
  • Decrease health inequality
  • Reduced cost of healthcare
Description
Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme, early-stage investor and support network for ambitious startups using technology to change the world.
https://bethnalgreenventures.com/

Bupa Blue Table

Value
Non-financial
Eligibility
  • Healthcare startup or small business working to provide solutions for one or more categories including: 'next generation insurance', 'your health experience', 'healthy behaviours' and 'wildcard'.
  • Must be at least 18 years old and may require a visa to visit the UK during the programme.
Description
Blue Table offers startups and small businesses the chance to pilot their ideas inside a global health and care company, as well as make a positive impact on the lives of millions of Bupa customers worldwide. The 10-week programme will be focused on some of Bupa's key business areas; looking for the best ideas and innovations to tackle key customer challenges in insurance, health and care experiences, and wellbeing change. Successful candidates will be mentored by senior Bupa business leaders and tech experts, as well as access to office space in central London. Bupa are also working with corporate innovation specialists L Marks, who will offer potential investment opportunities

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Value
Non-Financial
Eligibility
The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Programme supports businesses that will benefit most from the engagement with the NHS. This means that they will most likely have a product in later stage development, which will benefit from refining and testing through engagement with expertise in the NHS to maximise success on launch. The accelerator supports applications from business entities as opposed to specific products. The support provided is bespoke to companies according to their respective needs and we work with participants to decide the best format for this. Companies must meet the EU small to medium sized business eligibility requirements.  
Description
The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator aims to find and support the highest potential digital health businesses to work with the NHS and the wider healthcare sector to develop and deploy their products as solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing health and social care. The year-long programme provides support to 30 small and medium sized businesses. The support, tailored to the business’s specific needs, focuses on engagement with clinicians and healthcare experts, refining of products to meet needs, deepening understanding of the health system, showcasing in health facilities and developing business models in order to progress product development and access to the market. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.      
http://digitalhealth.london/accelerator/

Dubai 100 Bootcamp

Value
Non-financial
Eligibility
Early-stage startups working on innovative innovative digital health prototypes.
Description
Successful companies will be offered:
  • Highly tailored content focused on each individual startup
  • Mentoring and one-to-one sessions
  • Pitching sessions
https://www.f6s.com/dubai100bootcamp/about

Healthbox Studios

Value
Non-financial
Eligibility
  • Healthcare related start-up
  • Must be seed or early stage and UK-based.
Description
  • Deep Healthcare Expertise to help entrepreneurs better understand the variability and nuances of building a healthcare business that will be successful. This is facilitated by partnerships managements' partnerships with over 50 healthcare organisations.
  • Access to Industry Decision-Makers to provide guidance and the opportunity to strengthen, validate and advance business scalability and implementation. This includes exposure to a syndicate of potential investors
  • Access to the Right Industry Decision-Makers who can provide candid feedback and assist with validating, strengthening and/or advancing promising business models that allows entrepreneurs refine commercialization strategy for appropriate target market. Specific emphasis placed on bringing technologies to the US market.
  • 8 week programme with no on-site commitments
http://www.coworkinglondon.com/directory/healthbox-studios/

Horizontal Innovation Healthcare Challenge

Financing Type
Grant
Value
< £50,000
Eligibility
  • This programme seeks to attract applications from people who have innovative ideas which apply technology from another sector for use in healthcare and public health that moves the population writ large to behaviours that stop them dying young and towards behaviours that help them live well
  • SME applications must apply the use of wholly, or mostly pre-existing technology as the basis for their submission.
Description
The programme will look to develop a technology solution from concept through to market, supported by one of the key facilities of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Support will be offered from leading R&D experts.
http://conferences.theiet.org/horizontal-innovation/sectors/healthcare/index.cfm

IMAGINE IF!

Financing Type
Grant
Value
10.000 USD
Eligibility
  • “Science-ventures” is defined as any business that is based on a scientific discovery or uses scientific data to create products or services that aim to improve the human or animal experience (e.g. health, wellbeing).
  • Must be in a team of minimum two people.
Description
The IMAGINE IF! is a global competition and accelerator program for science-based ventures. The accelerator provides to early stage science startups extensive opportunities: mentorship, the potential to secure non-dilutive capital, free advice from leading professional services companies and rapid networking across the Innovation Forum platform. The selected companies receive:
  • Mentoring by local and international leaders in entrepreneurship and science ventures
  • Non-dilutive cash prize
  • Free office space
  • Access to an international network
  • Free ticket to participate in Innovation Forum 2017 – Leaders Conference (for the Top 20 startups)
http://inno-forum.org/accelerator/

King’s Health Accelerator

Financing Type
Grant
Value
< £150,000
Eligibility
  • Applicant must be a King's College London researcher/student
  • Must be at very early stages of development (proof-of-concept) which can benefit significantly from translational funding
Description
The King's Health Accelerator (KHA) is aimed at providing financial and commercialisation support for translational life science research projects to help deliver improved patient benefit and accelerated impact. Winners can be awarded up to ca £150,000 per project per annum, selected through a peer-review process.
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/innovation/Kings-Commercialisation-Institute/Kings-Health-Accelerator-Fund.aspx

Mass Challenge

Financing Type
Grant
Value
Various
Eligibility
Mass Challenge accepts applications for early-stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. Startups should have raised less than $500K in equity-based funding, generated less than $1M in revenue in the last 12 months, and be set to make a big impact in industry or on the world. - Short listed startups undergo two rounds of judging. - General preference for early-mid stage companies
Description
Mass Challenge is one of the most entrepreneur friendly accelerators in the world. As a non profit Mass Challenge does not take equity stakes in its start-ups.
http://uk.masschallenge.org/

NIA Accelerator

Financing Type
Grant
Value
< £30,000
Eligibility
You can be the inventor of your innovation, the lead for it within your organisation or simply the representative of an innovation you find compelling, and as such, wish to scale it across the NHS. Applicants, nationally and internationally, can be clinicians; academics; from a public-sector, charitable or not-for-profit organisation; from a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME); from a large corporate. You should apply if:
  • Your innovation addresses one or more of the following priorities: mental health, urgent and emergency care, primary care
  • Your innovation demonstrates, in practice, significant outcomes for significantly lower cost
  • Your innovation is supported by an evidence-base and is ready to be diffused across the NHS
  • You have a passion for learning and for sharing your insight widely
  • You are committed to scaling evidence-based innovations for patient and population benefit
Description

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks, and hosted at UCLPartners. The aim of the NIA is to support delivery of the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

The support includes but is not limited to:

  • Access to mentorship from a range of experts and high profile mentors, representing a broad skills base
  • Links with Academic Health Science Networks
  • Regular meeting and critical challenge from the NIA Core Team
  • Peer to peer learning and support
  • Quarterly events
  • Specialist briefings as and when required e.g. NHS procurement, marketing and communications, behavioural economics
  • Speaking opportunities at conferences
  • Access to a bursary of up to £30k
http://nhsaccelerator.com/

Pfizer Healthcare Hub

Financing Type
Undisclosed
Eligibility
Judging criteria consists of: - Definite market need - Proven patient impact - Innovation - Feasibility - Scalability - Ability for Pfizer to accelerate growth/adoption
- All devices must have a CE Safety Mark.
Description
The Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London is a new initiative to help companies innovating in the health tech space to realise their potential. The hub is designed to help late stage start-ups to grow and reach more patients and providers faster, by giving access to Pfizer’s network and resources.
https://healthcarehub.pfizer.co.uk/

Queen Mary University London InQUBEate Accelerator

Financing Type
Grant
Value
< £5,000
Eligibility
- Applicant must be Queen Mary Student or faculty member - Applicant cannot be an international student on a tier 4 visa
Description
InQUBEate is a mentoring and training programme that supports student entrepreneurs at Queen Mary University. The programme currently runs twice a year for 8 weeks. Participants have weekly group and 1-1 mentoring workshops, supplemented by training sessions covering all aspects of running a successful start-up business, including marketing, pitching, and business planning. Small amounts of funding is also offered in tranch. The ideas do not need to be tech/life sciences focused, no previous digital health investments. Attendance of 8 week InQUBEate programme is mandatory, second tranche (£2,500) is held until programme is completed
http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise/inqubeate/152249.html

Queen Mary University London InQUBEate accelerator

Financing Type
Grant
Value
<£10,000
Eligibility
- Applicant must be Queen Mary Student or faculty member
Description
InQUBEate is a mentoring and training programme that supports student entrepreneurs at Queen Mary University. The programme currently runs twice a year for 8 weeks. Participants have weekly group and 1-1 mentoring workshops, supplemented by training sessions covering all aspects of running a successful start-up business, including marketing, pitching, and business planning. Small amounts of funding is also offered in tranches. Ideas do not need to be tech/life sciences focused, no previous digital health investments. Attendance of 8 week InQUBEate programme is mandatory, second tranche (£5,000) is held until programme is completed
http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise/inqubeate/152249.html

Seedcamp Accelerator

Financing Type
Equity
Value
Up to €200,000 in a €300,000-€2,000,000 round or €75,000 for 7%
Eligibility
Sector agnostic but historic investments indicate a preference for the tech sector
Description
Seedcamp are uniquely placed to bring you the best access to smart capital you could possibly have. One of the big reasons for this is that Seedcamp’s own fund is actually invested into by some of the most active Investors in the world. Offering both financial and non-financial support Seedcamp acts as a partner through the whole capital raising process.
http://seedcamp.com/

Simulation for Digital Health

Value
Non-financial
Eligibility
UK based digital health start-ups and small to medium enterprises (companies with less than 250 staff) who can demonstrate that their products or services will benefit London. Due to our funding guidelines, priority will be given to London registered business.
Description
Simulation for Digital Health (SimDH) is a free programme supporting digital health start-ups and small to medium enterprises to innovate, develop and deliver new products, processes or services by providing access to expertise and facilities at London South Bank University. - One to one consultancy to inform design and development - Focus groups with service users & healthcare professionals to establish and evidence base or proof of concept - State of the art facilities to validate ideas and develop products, such as: a virtual reality suite, 3D printers for rapid prototyping; and realistic hospital wards to create simulated test environments. SimDH is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
http://www.simdh.com/

Tech London Incubators

Value
Non-financial
Description
A hub with links to many UK based accelerator programmes. Digital health businesses could find themselves eligible for multiple programmes if their technology is relevant to multiple sectors.
https://www.tech.london/incubators

Techstars London

Financing Type
Equity
Value
$20,000 for 6% equity; $100,000 convertible note
Eligibility
- Tec- related business (non Fintech), - Open to digital health - Willing to offer equity (dilute founders' ownership)
Description
As the #6 strongest startup ecosystem in the world TechStars London offers significant support through mentorship, workshops and significant support ahead of the capital raising process.
http://www.techstars.com/programs/london-program/

The Wayra Call

Financing Type
Equity
Value
<$50,000
Eligibility
This programme is for early-stage companies. Unrestricted location
Description
Wayra UK is the accelerator programme of Telefonica Open Future.The Wayra Call programme provides a combination of funding, workspace, mentoring, management advice and access to fund manager's industry network. Startups accepted onto the programme are considered for follow-on investment by Amerigo Venture Capital Network.
https://wayra.co.uk/the-wayra-call/

Velocity Health / MSD

Financing Type
Grant
Value
< £68,000
Eligibility
A global call for early-stage startups developing digital strategies for two challenges: "Living with and beyond Cancer" and "Delivering on Diabetes". - The startups must not have had commercial launch for more than 24 months before the submitting the application - Must be a registered company in: Spain, UK, Germany, Argetnina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, or exceptionally in the USA
Description
MSD, a global healthcare company that is looking to transform healthcare through innovative solutions, and Wayra UK, Telefónica’s digital start up accelerator, are investing in digital innovation in healthcare to address the challenges outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View. The challenge for the digital start-up community is to create solutions that reimagine how healthcare can be delivered in the UK to help improve patient outcomes. The programme will do this by nurturing entrepreneurial talent and technological expertise to enable the development of innovative products and services that not only deliver savings and efficiencies to the healthcare system, but will test the capabilities of what’s possible.
https://wayra.co.uk/velocityhealth/

Virgin Money NFP Start Up loans

Value
£25,000
Eligibility
- sector agnostic - Applicant must be based in the England or Scotland - very early stage businesses only
Description
Virgin StartUp is the not-for-profit Virgin company for entrepreneurs providing government-backed Start Up Loans and one-to-one business advice to entrepreneurs launching or growing a business in England or Scotland.
https://www.virginstartup.org/