2024 HealthTech Hub Africa Accelerator Program opens applications to boost innovations

Applications have opened for the 2024 HealthTech Hub Africa (HTHA) Accelerator Program, which aims to provide a boost to innovative tech solutions for health in Africa.

Looking for applications from startups and “scale ups” from the African continent, the program allows for collaboration with local and national governments, “aiming to support health systems in their digital transformation journeys”.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their innovation potential in one of four thematic areas: cardiovascular health, breast cancer, virtual health and care, or optimisation of data-driven decision-making.

In return, successful applicants will receive a range of benefits across the ten months of the program, including expert masterclasses, media and pitch practice sessions, community support and collaboration opportunities, invitations to networking meetups and hybrid events across Africa and beyond, and free access to “world-class legal services, accounting, marketing, talent acquisition, and accelerated fundraising”.

Those selected for the program will also be able to apply for grant funding and benefits worth in excess of $1 million, as well as being given 12-months of serviced office space to use for their business.

Applicants should be registered in an African country, and should have a co-founding team of at least two members, including an African founder. For startups, both pre-SEED and SEED stage businesses are eligible, and the business should have been running for a minimum of one year. Scaleups should be at post-revenue stage, and in Pre-Series A or Series A phase of funding.

To learn more about the accelerator program, please click here.

Also on innovation, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced the addition of two new health technology assessment (HTA) bodies to a programme of international collaboration now spanning the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which seeks to “continually learn from data and implementation by using shared opportunities and challenges”.