What is ProHealth Accelerator?
ProHealth Accelerator is a national Finnish concept focusing on professional healthcare solutions for pharma, diagnostics and related business areas including service concepts. Also, we are not only a “traditional” business accelerator but also accept e.g. pre-company project teams on board.
What are you looking for?
The focus in on product and services concepts within professional healthcare. We are looking for viable ideas within pharma, diagnostics and related areas, including service business. The concept can be based on e.g. an academic research project which has reached a phase where scientific and technical proof has been obtained. Young Life Science companies or companies to-be-established are also welcome. We don’t have a strict “age limit” for the company – more important is that you are looking for a new start, new business model or something else which you believe can skyrocket your business.
How can I apply for the accelerator programme?
You can apply on a continuous basis. Click the “Apply!” button on these pages or contact the Accelerator team.
How are the teams selected for the accelerator?
The Accelerator team makes the preselection of the teams qualified to pitch for the Selection Board, which makes the final choices. The Selection Board consists of persons with business and substance expertise fitting the profiles of the teams presenting.
How many teams can you accelerate each year?
We expect to select ca 5-8 teams during the year for the Accelerator.
Do I have to move to Turku to join the programme?
No, moving to Turku is not necessary. We are working nationally and applying semi-virtual working methods. However, regular face-to-face meetings are necessary.
Can I get my project / company funded by you?
We don’t provide you with funding, but if funding is the key to your success, our programme will help you to connect with and approach e.g. investors or other funding instruments.
What can I expec to happen during the accelerator phase?
To start with, we will together with you set up a development plan for your idea with an overall business goal or business maturity goal as well as clearly defined milestones. You will receive a personal coach to guide you through the development plan. The Accelerator programme includs topic related interactive workshops during the yearly cycle. The coach also will help to identify your specific support needs and connect you to suitable mentors in our network. After a successful Accelerator programme you will have tools and readiness to e.g. attract investors or industrial partners or set-up your own business.
Who are in your network and what is their role?
We have a network of collaborators from the industry, other accelerators, expert services and private persons participating in both the selection process and mentoring, and also helping with further connections to international business environments.
Is there any lab space available for the teams if needed?
Coworking space is available free of charge at Werstas Lab for ProHealth Accelerator teams as long as the team is involved in the Accelerator programme. Werstas Lab has also laboratory space available. The concept will be rebuilt during 2020 to serve even better the needs of Life Science actors as well as ProHealth Accelerator teams.
How is the programme funded?
ProHealth Accelerator is a national initiative to access the untapped innovation potential within university research and young companies and to create new successful business. The initiative is partly funded by ERDF’s 6AIKA (Six Cities) funding.