Applications for FemTech Lab's Hybrid Accelerator Program are now open

Femtech Lab Applications opened!

FemTech Lab announced the launch of its new hybrid startup accelerator program focusing on FemTech companies.

This program will combine the virtual FemTech Lab program, launched in 2020, with a new in-person element.

FemTech Lab’s accelerator welcomes around ten early-stage companies for three months twice a year. Applications for the Spring 2022 Cohort are now open online until January 15th.

Speaking about the announcement, FemTech Lab’s Co-founders Karina Vazirova and Katia Lang said, “FemTech is right at the centre of these two major trends, and the sector is growing, defining itself, expanding well beyond reproductive health, touching all areas of women’s lives.”

“FemTech is going to be the new normal for any innovation in health and consumer product design in the near future.”

Based in London, the 12-week accelerator program will guide FemTech entrepreneurs and start-up founders from across the world through seven different FemTech business categories over the course of three months, culminating in a Demo Day on 01 December. The unique program built for startups operating in the women’s health and wellbeing space involves over 50 workshops with 40 expert advisors across three main sprints: Product, Go-To-Market, and Fundraising – all with a FemTech-specific angle.

Following the success of the Spring 2021 Cohort which saw 20% of startups being overfunded, applications for Spring 2022 have opened. The previous cohort’s successes were not isolated to funding, as they have triumphed with digital propositions to major national deals, corporate sponsorships and grants, as well as nominating major FemTech leaders to their board of directors.

Applications for FemTech Lab’s Accelerator are now open until January 15th. All FemTech companies are welcome to apply. Selected startups will join FemTech Lab on 1st February for three months.

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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Calling the next generation of digital innovators! DigitalHealth.London Accelerator is now open

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator applications open 2021

DigitalHealth.London are once again looking for the next generation of digital innovators to help transform health and care!

Digital products and services have provided vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as the healthcare system moves forward into the subsequent recovery phase of the COVID-19 response.

DigitalHealth.London has opened applications to their flagship Accelerator programme for the next generation of digital health companies to transform health and care.

Applications open on today (2 August 2021) for six weeks. The deadline for companies to apply is midnight Sunday 12 September 2021. For companies offered a place on the programme, support will begin in mid-January 2021.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the NHS delivered programme, funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund, has supported some of the biggest and most effective digital innovations now being used by the NHS in London. Companies including LIVI, Oxehealth, Patchwork Health, Echo, Sweatcoin, and Health Navigator have all been through the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.

Many of the digital products and services who have provided vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the response to COVID-19 have come through the Accelerator. From enabling remote GP appointments, to transforming NHS temporary staffing and patient facing self-management apps, the Accelerator has supported some of the best digital innovations now being widely used. The need for innovations to solve the problems which face the NHS as it continues to be under pressure and as it recovers from the pandemic, remains vital.

To date the Accelerator has supported 122 innovative digital health companies, with 411 additional contracts signed by those companies during Accelerator support. For every £1 spent on the programme it is estimated over £14 is saved for the NHS*.

DigitalHealth.London is passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the long-term success of innovation and transformation within the NHS. To date 15 per cent of the companies supported have been founded by women, 22 per cent have been owned by innovators who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic and two per cent by a person with a disability*. DigitalHeath.London continues to work to ensure the Accelerator programme is diverse and encourages innovators who identify as being from a minority group to apply to the programme.

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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Jenny Thomas quote

Speaking about the programme, Jenny Thomas, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said, “The last year and a half in the NHS has seen profound challenges but also incredible progress.”

“NHS Staff and patients have been introduced to new ways of doing things through digital health, and technology has enabled many key services to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I am extremely proud of the companies and NHS organisations we have worked with and the role they have played during the pandemic and the vital roles I know they will continue to play as we start to look at supporting the NHS to recover.”

“I am very excited to announce the opening of applications to be part of the next cohort of innovators on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme – innovators who we will support in being part of this next, pivotal stage for our healthcare system.”

DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health. The programme is for digital health companies with a product or service that has high potential to meet the challenges facing the NHS and social care today, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and as detailed in the NHS Long Term Plan. It works with up to 20 SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges. The companies that are successful in getting onto the Accelerator programme are chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, involving expert NHS and industry panel assessments, interviews and due diligence checks.

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Join a discussion with the Programme Director, an NHS Navigator and some of the SMEs who have been supported by the programme on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 101 Webinar

4 August 12:30pm

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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

Five days left to apply to DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

There are just five days left to apply to the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator - the deadline for applications is Sunday 5th July 2020.

Digital products and services are providing vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS response to COVID-19 and the health and social care challenges ahead.

The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme is looking for the latest digital health SMEs that are ready to transform the NHS and social care in London.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the NHS delivered programme, funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund, has supported some of the biggest and most effective digital innovations now being used by the NHS. The Accelerator has supported 105 digital health SMEs with 114 new pilots and contracts gained directly related to the support of the Accelerator. For every £1 spent on the programme it is estimated over £14 is saved for the NHS.

DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health. It works with up to 20 high potential SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges. The companies that are successful in getting onto the Accelerator programme are chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, involving expert NHS and industry panel assessments, interviews and due diligence checks. Companies that have a product or solution that is well-defined and are ready to start building their evidence base are likely to benefit the most from the type of support offered through the programme.

Through-out the 12 months the programme focuses on engagement with different elements of the health and care system. Company suitability is assessed based both on product maturity (meaning products that are ready to be trailed or bought that have high potential to meet NHS challenges) and on the company’s capacity to benefit from the programme (meaning companies have enough time and staff to engage).

Deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 5 July 2020.

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Inspirational Woman: Alice Bentinck | Co-Founder of Entrepreneur First and Code First: Girls

Alice Bentinck ef 1Alice Bentinck is the Co-Founder of Entrepreneur First (EF) and Code First: Girls. Entrepreneur First supports Europe's best technical talent to build their own high-growth tech startups. The accelerator mainly takes talented individuals before they have a team or an idea, and spend six months with them to get them to the point where they can take on serious seed funding. CodeFirst: Girls is a UK not-for-profit which was born when the founders of Entrepreneur First notice a lack of girls applying for the accelerator. Alice is shortlisted for the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No, I never planned my career, but I always like to have something to aim for. When I was younger I would write down ideas of what I wanted to do as a career, but as I was brought up in a very rural area the ideas are somewhat different to what I do now! Having nine goats growing up meant they were more focused around being a vet than a venture capitalist (VC).

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?

I think anyone founding a company will face challenges. Bringing something new into the world is never easy. The biggest challenge for us when we started out was that our model was very much against the status quo. We wanted to build companies from scratch, working with individuals before they had a company. The status quo was that you only worked with teams who had set ideas. We had a lot of push back on this at the beginning from the eco system, but we found that our customers (the potential founders) were actively seeking ways to build their cofounding team and to evaluate ideas, but there were no easy ways for them to do this.

What advice would you give someone who wishes to move in to a leadership position for the first time?

One of the things I have learnt is that leadership is a skill and as such, it is something that can be learnt and improved on over time. It's important that you develop your own authentic leadership style that works for you. Often this is an amalgamation of lots of different people's leadership styles. Before and when you move into a leadership position read as much as possible about leadership (especially autobiographies) and watch the leaders around you and learn from what they do. I really like The Power of Many by Meg Whitman and Suffragette by Emmeline Pankhurst. The latter isn't a business book, but can teach you a lot about leadership.

When faced with two equally-qualified candidates, how would you decide who should have the role?

I've never had this problem! It's important with any candidate that you understand why they want to do the role, what they are expecting from it and how it fits into their wider career goals.

On a typical workday, how do you start your day and how does it end?

The day starts with a quick check of my emails and slack (our internal messaging system). I then do a quick workout at home and then cycle to work. I used to try and cram in breakfast meetings at the beginning of the day, but this is usually when the day is quietest and I am at my most focused, so I'm trying to do more desk work at these times. There is no normal end of the day. I'm often at events, or we run a lot of events in our office too. I am a big fan of sleep though and try to make sure I get to bed at a good time.

What advice can you give to our members about raising their profiles within their own organisations

Don't be afraid to talk about the work you have done and to be proud of it. Speak up and share your opinion.

How have you benefited from coaching or mentoring?

Yes very much so. Both informally and formally. I recently got a professional coach and it has been transformative. Taking time to think about and invest in your personal development is important and having a professional coach gives this a rhythm.

Do you think networking is important and if so, what 3 tips would you give to a newbee networker

Your network is how you get stuff done and how you learn about new opportunities, so you need to invest in it. Think carefully about how you build your network, you need breadth as well as depth. So yes, a networking event might be useful, but only if you follow up with the people you meet afterwards and create a relationship with them. Networking sounds unpleasant and businessey - it's really just about getting to know people and keeping in touch.

What does the future hold for you?

I can't imagine doing anything other than running EF, so I'm in it for the long haul!