The Future Internet CHallenge eHealth (FICHe) accelerator attracted European eHealth SMEs and startups: In total 308 applications were submitted in a period of 6 weeks. Each of the applicants have the chance to receive up to € 217.000 in funding to speed up their process to go from idea to market. The next weeks the 80 most promising applications will be handpicked and awarded access to the accelerator program. The three-phase acceleration program offers the SMEs and startups a wide range of services starting with boot-camps and continued with business coaching, training, user groups, field labs and technical support.
The three phases of the accelerator program will challenge the selected applicants to create the best business model, go-to-market strategy, proof of concept, investors pitch and tested prototype. To reach the next phase, applicants have to be among the top 50%, ending with the best 20 that will make it to the final phase.
Participation was open to all European eHealth small and mid-sized enterprises and startups eager to develop innovative applications in the eHealth domain using FIWARE technology (http://www.fiware.org
) The open call was published on http://www.f6s.com/fiche
and supported by partners throughout Europe.
Project coordinator Satu Väinämö from CIE leads the project. Väinämö is very delighted to see that FICHe has aroused a lot of interest within eHealth companies from all across Europe. She believes that among submitted ideas there are real diamonds to be developed into successful businesses.
Initiator of the FICHe project and consortium Paul Pelsmaeker from Stichting Digitalezorg.nl, The Netherlands: “The results of the open call are very promising and we are looking forward to work with the best teams to develop their ideas into successful businesses. The challenge begins now”.