Digital Health: Startups Start Through

In the past few months, ten health start-ups have been undergoing the Health Hub Vienna accelerator program supported by UNIQA and Pfizer: The Health Hub Vienna, run by INiTS, the incubator of the Vienna Universities, is an international start-up center with a clear focus on life sciences.

Twenty to 25 start-ups per year are supported to cope faster with market entry and to prepare for the challenges of the business world. It takes in young companies that already have a finished product and their first customers and are now facing the challenge of entering the market.

Rapid and cost-effective diagnosis

At the first DemoDay, Think Sono from the UK was named winner of the first round of the Accelerator program.

They developed a software for the rapid and cost-effective diagnosis of venous thrombosis, a medical complication that is undetected to be life-threatening. The start-up SzeleSTIM, which has developed a personalized, electronic pain therapy and was the winner of the Pioneers18 Start-up Awards, also participated in the program as well as participating in the final of the “#glaubandich Challenge” of Erste Bank AG as a Viennese start-up. Other start-ups included electronic patient information, machine learning in diagnosis, women’s health or the exchange of digital information in the treatment process. Three of the start-ups came from Austria and the others from seven other European countries.

Other partners of the Health Hub Vienna include Pioneers, the MedUni Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology and MEDX Xelerator from Tel Aviv, according to dpa.

What’s next? The next round starts already in September 2018. Currently, the best start-ups from Europe and Israel are invited to apply. One of the program’s next highlights will be the Health-Pioneers Conference on October 10, 2018 in Vienna, where the start-ups of the Health Hub Vienna will be able to present their solutions to a large audience.