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Health tech start-ups invited to apply for new London accelerator

Twelve-week programme boasts £75,000 seed capital

A pioneering new accelerator, specialising in health tech businesses, is inviting applications from UK start-ups. Healthbox recently announced that its first European programme will be based in London, after successfully debuting the accelerator in Chicago this January. The 12-week programme combines training and mentoring with an initial £75,000 injection of seed capital. The ten teams selected will also benefit from desk space in Healthbox’s London offices and access to the firm’s wide network of enviable industry contacts. Furthermore, at the end of the three months, Healthbox will arrange an ‘Investor Day’, where the start-ups can pitch for further capital from top industry investors. Firms supporting the programme include healthcare heavyweights Bupa and Serca, and mentors will include individuals from Care UK, Dell and Deloitte. The programme has already attracted applications from across Europe – including Germany, Denmark, Greece and Scotland. The final selection will be made in London in September. Welcoming the accelerator to London, mayor Boris Johnson said: “It is vital that entrepreneurial individuals who have had their light bulb moment, get the support they need to progress their business. “Healthbox is all about nurturing innovative people, helping their ideas to develop into expanding businesses, and creating jobs for Londoners – so I am thrilled to welcome them to the capital. “Their commitment recognises London as Europe’s science and tech capital, with access to premier academic centres, hospitals and the largest cluster of life science businesses.” For more information or to apply for the programme, visit the Healthbox Accelerator website

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