London has become home to Healthbox, Europe's first business accelerator focused exclusively on healthcare start-ups.
Launched at Westminster start-up laboratory The Hub, the three month programme is set to support seven healthcare start-ups from across Europe.
Bupa and Serco are among the strategic partners of the Healthbox programme, launched by business incubator and venture capital firm Sandbox.
Selected for their potential to bring about real change to the UK health economy, three UK companies have been chosen for the programme: geriatrics specialist HomeTouch, mobile health platform Medopad and the creators of ground-breaking DNA synthesising technology, Desktop Genetics.
All seven start-ups are set to benefit from access to influential figures and organisations across the public and private healthcare sector and mentoring support from healthcare entrepreneurs.
Backed by the mayor of London Boris Johnson, the healthcare accelerator kicked off with an official launch event on October 17, which was attended by over 100 healthcare leaders from across the public and private spectrum.
Founder and CEO of Healthbox Nina Nashif is looking forward to working with the innovative group of healthcare start-ups: “The Healthbox programme is about fostering collaboration in the sector and identifying solutions and talented entrepreneurs that we think can have an impact and affect sustainable change.
“I am very excited to work with these companies and see how they continue to refine their business propositions over the course of the three months and beyond”.