Within the first week of launching its Accelerator Programme, Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT) have already received an impressive number of applicants. DHCT is the first digital health accelerator in the country designed to foster local eHealth innovation.

Spokesperson from DHCT has stated that the first cohort of applicants is already over 50% subscribed since opening applications less than two weeks ago. They believe this reflects the high level of interest in the digital health space and the growing number of new businesses within this sector.

The ten successful participants selected for the DHCT Accelerator Programme will take part in a 10-week programme starting at the end of January 2018. The programme includes sessions devoted to digital health problems and solution development; strategic planning and alignment to the healthcare environment; defining and marketing a value proposition; stakeholder’s analysis, building a sales pipeline and pitching a business plan, as well as execution of projects and operations.

The practical component of the Accelerator Programme will include mentoring and in-person sessions with eHealth systems experts. Participants will also engage in product design discussions with key opinion leaders.

“The digital healthcare opportunity is massive, but complex and challenging. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and insights with the cohort. The Accelerator Programme is a catalyst for health tech entrepreneurs and start-ups to add tangible value to their offering as they work to uplift the state of healthcare and eHealth in the country,” said expert mentor Sheraan Amod, Founder of RecoMed, a leading national healthcare electronic appointment booking marketplace.

Stanford University e-Patient Scholar and founder of Healthcare Social Media South Africa (#hcsmSA), Vanessa Carter, is another expert mentor who will be sharing her insights with participants. “Digital health is long overdue in South Africa and entrepreneurs will play a significant role towards achieving the innovative solutions our country desperately needs to tackle the many complex challenges. I look forward to working with these passionate individuals who aren’t afraid to think big and disrupt the status quo whilst being committed to designing meaningful technologies that truly empower the citizens who are using them,” commented Carter.

On completion of the programme, participants will pitch their solution to a panel of judges from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

Early-stage startups that develop health and life-science digital solutions are encouraged to apply to the DHCT Accelerator Programme before 5th December 2017 via the application form.