The Digital Health Accelerator STARTUP CITY HAIFA, launched yesterday, locates companies that are developing innovative technologies for the changing world of health and accelerates their transition to the next stage, hoping to be the next big thing in digital health.
The program was launched by JVP Margalit Startup City, the startup program NVIDIA Inception, ROAD2 and the Innovation Authority, together with the strategic partners: Super-Pharm, Phillips, U-Bank from the international group, Asensus Sergical, Clalit HMO and other entities.
“The Accelerator is a unique platform for startups in the field of digital medicine, who will benefit from collaborations between international companies, investment bodies, health organizations, academic and medical institutions and leading consulting bodies, along with mature companies in the field,” the program’s initiators stressed.
As part of the event, the partners called on Israeli companies to submit applications by the end of January 2022, when a maximum of eight promising Israeli startups operating in the field of digital health in the northern region will be selected. In addition, the program will operate with the Tequin venture capital fund, located in the lower city of Haifa, and the startups of the Arab sector.
The program will operate in the lower city of Haifa and will last four months. As part of this, the startups will receive a personal track that will include an opportunity for investment alongside support in the core areas that characterize companies in the field of digital health.
“Corona has changed the world’s attitude to health, today more than ever there is a deep understanding that the next big health initiatives will take the focus from hospitals to the community and home and enable accessible medicine through much more advanced technological means,” said Erel Margalit, Chairman and Founder of JVP Margalit Startup City. “The big problem of the world is becoming a huge opportunity for Israeli high-tech and already in the last two years we have seen that investments in digital medicine have increased by 220%.”
Ethan Kate, CEO of Road2, added: “We can develop creative thinking to change the face of medicine for the well-being of patients, to facilitate medical staff, to streamline healthcare systems and of course for the benefit of investors who see the burst of creativity translated into successful companies.”
Anya Eldan, VP of the Start-up Arena, Innovation Authority, added: “This activity is part of the strategy of the Technology Entrepreneurship Authority in the city of Haifa, which aims to strengthen the local ecosystem that will increase the number of start-up companies operating in the city, enable quality employment. Haifa’s status as a significant metropolis in the northern region. The cooperation and integration of the anchors in the area will intensify the impact of the existing activity on the city and allow companies and businesses in the city to grow. ”