Digital Health Validator

Breandán Goss
European Accelerator Programme Manager
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

The Digital Health Validator empowers Digital Health entrepreneurs to validate the technology and market potential of their early stage business. Fifteen teams will be selected to participate in a bootcamp based in Trinity College Dublin, to validate product-market fit and revenue model. The Bootcamp immerses teams in a powerful start-up ecosystem and matches them with a mentor. It includes a road trip to provide an international context.

Is it for me?

Digital Health start-ups are encouraged to apply, particularly in the two focus areas of bringing care home and value from clinical data. Connected health and health tech ideas are also welcome. The technology can be early-stage, but must be beyond just the idea stage so that technological viability and market can be validated. The product solution should be scalable with the potential to be successfully marketed globally, not just in Europe. We seek start-ups with the passion to create a new healthcare future. Health is being disrupted from the outside in, and current availability of technological building blocks offer a unique potential for revolutionary innovation in health and wellness. Factors including converging technologies, cost of entry, regulatory and market drivers are all accelerating change, and enabling patients to take control of their own health.

Important project dates

Application deadline: 27 March 2019
Start of programme: 20 May 2019 in Dublin
Final week: 11 July 2019

The programme

Validator is an eight-week high-intensity Bootcamp that allows start-ups in Digital Health to road-test and validate their hypotheses with the help and guidance of a number of healthcare and start-up experts in Dublin. Teams applying for the programme will participate in a two-day problem-solution fit session, and from these, 15 will be selected for the full programme, which starts in the Trinity Business School in Dublin.

During the programme, participants will engage in a customer validation road trip to allow them to investigate market potential. The locations include Grenoble (School of Management) , Newcastle University, Madrid and others.

Run by Europe’s number one university for producing entrepreneurs (PitchBook 2017), Validator will make use of Trinity’s existing network in the start-up ecosystem, bringing in successful CEOs and founders in the field of Digital Health to share their wisdom and learnings. Staff at Trinity’s award-winning Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, Trinity’s key interface with entrepreneurial activities, will be heavily involved in the planning and running of the Validator programme.

EIT Health partners in this project