Today, SmiLe kicks off the 6th round of the Health2B startup accelerator focusing on helping very early life science companies test their business ideas. From a large number of applicants from all over the world, 8 entrepreneurs in total have been selected – of which 50 % female – to participate in the first Health2B program tailored to run with an entirely digital setup.
The SmiLe Health2B accelerator is rated among the top 15 Health Tech Accelerators in Europe and top 5 in Sweden and has already been run with five batches of startups with proven track record, and with 5 -star reviews.
This years’ accelerator program is hosted on a state-of-the-art, customized digital learning platform with its own app, allowing participants to attend from any location and device. The program period has also been extended from 8 to 10 weeks giving entrepreneurs even more time to work on verifying their business idea with online access to mentors, industry experts and personalized 1on1 coaching from all across SmiLes network.
“We started digitizing the Health2B program already last year and that was a great success amongst the participants. This year we wanted to make the program even more flexible and available to even more entrepreneurs so we decided to make it completely digital. We also make the program available to partner incubators that don’t have life science expertise themselves, which is really exciting”, says Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe.
Thanks to the completely digital setup participants now have access to video sessions, downloadable material, live Q&As as well as scheduled 1:1 sessions. They can also submit pitches for review, communicate with coaches directly as well as interact with other startups in the group online.
Like in the previous batches, a demo day will be arranged at the end of the program – this time online – where the participants will present their companies to a jury of investors and leading industry experts. After having completed the program, the accelerator companies will be part of the Health2B Alumni program.
The following companies have been selected to the program:
Pharmista Tech – Reusable pregnancy test, Alicia Mattson, Sweden
Noui – Wearable bladder scan, Kyoko Jansson, Sweden
Phystech – Digital physiotherapy, Joakim Sjollin, Sweden
Diasense – Blood sugar monitor, Marziyeh Advand, Sweden
Virtuleap – VR cognitive games, Amir Bozorgzadeh, US
TrackPaw – Rodent monitoring in R&D, Liza Tchpanova, Sweden
Acorai – Intracardiac pressure monitoring, Filip Peters, Sweden
MINTH BIO – Narcolepsy treatment, Marie Krone, Sweden
For more information, please contact: Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe Incubator, +46 (0)734000433, email@example.com
SmiLe Incubator is a life science business incubator based in Medicon Village in Lund. SmiLe helps entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas. There are currently more than 20 companies in SmiLe, which together with alumni companies, have attracted more than EUR 280 million in venture capital to date since 2014. SmiLe offers business coaching, a large network of contacts and a dynamic community, as well as well-equipped laboratories which is unique of its kind in Sweden. SmiLe is a non-profit organization and receives basic funding from Region Skåne, Lund Municipality, Lund University and Medicon Village. SmiLe´s sponsors are Agilent, Sparbanken Skåne, Awa, Høiberg, Prevas, Setterwalls, Zacco. SmiLe’s listed alumni companies have a market capitalization of almost EUR 750 million (Q4 2019). www.smileincubator.life