Following the success of South Africa’s first dedicated digital health accelerator programme, Digital Health Cape Town (DHCT) has expanded entries for its second accelerator programme to include innovation in devices and ideas in the pre-commercialisation stage.

The goal is that by the end of the 10 week programme entrants would have gained valuable skills and expertise to take their great ideas to a commercially-viable business proposition.

The second accelerator programme is open to all digital health startups as well as to startups with medical devices linked to mobile apps. Applications can be downloaded here before 30 May 2018.

Throughout the programme, the 10 chosen finalists will participate in a 10 week online programme, as well as face to face engagements with business coaches and industry mentors to develop their business plans.

The top graduating students will be eligible to receive investment funding and industry assistance to launch and expand their business.

Chief Medical Officer at Discovery Health, Dr Maurice Goodman, will be one of the mentors in the upcoming accelerator programme and hopes that his insights will be beneficial to the digital health entrepreneurs taking part.

“Discovery Health hugely values the great doctors and other health professionals we have in South Africa and seeks to partner with them in improving the healthcare system to the benefit of all South Africans. The DHCT accelerator programme is consistent with our vision of supporting digital health and health entrepreneurship through our Future Leaders in Healthcare Forum, which aims to equip and nurture the healthcare leaders of tomorrow,” said Dr Goodman.

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in our first accelerator programme that closed last month. It was not only amazing witnessing first-hand the amazing talent we have in South Africa, but also what they can achieve now that they have a better understanding of how to efficiently market themselves and attract investment and contracts to ensure their sustainability,” said DHCT Founder, Siraaj Adams.

“In our second accelerator programme we are excited to invite all digital health entrepreneurs to apply. The finalists will benefit from having worked through researched and curated content by experienced entrepreneurs and academics that enable them to enhance their business knowledge and acumen from ideation all the way through to business and strategy execution,” concluded Adams.

More information about DHCT’s second accelerator programme can be found here: https://digitalhealth.capetown/

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