ROCKSTART

DIGITAL HEALTH

STARTUP ACCELERATOR


Build, validate and scale your digital health startup and find the best international product & market fit.

Europe's Best Connected

Digital Health Accelerator


Are you building a digital health company? Passionate about making a sustainable impact on people’s health? Apply for Rockstart’s Digital Health Accelerator program - with 700 healthcare organizations within biking distance, we provide the best connected and most accessible digital health ecosystem in the world.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

All countries, systems and solutions have different health care requirements. We help you find the right option for your company. Our international network of global mentors and ambassadors will work with you to find the ideal fit and launchpad for your company.

PATIENT INCLUDED

Rockstart’s Digital Health program involves patient feedback from day one to help your company test, pivot, validate and grow your product in the best manner possible.

INDUSTRY EXPERT PARTNERS AND MARKET ACCESS

Our partners provide market validation, privacy & security advice and health technology assessments. Rockstart Digital Health startups get early access to strategic healthcare partners, allowing them to iterate, validate and scale quickly.

SOLID PERSONAL AND TEAM DEVELOPMENT

A great team is key to a successful startup. At Rockstart we invest significantly in personal and team development during the program in order to make your team rock solid.

YOU WILL RECEIVE

A DIRECT

20K

CASH INVESTMENT

PLUS

55K

IN SERVICES

AND ACCESS TO

300K

WORTH OF DEALS

ALL FOR

5%

OF EQUITY

DISCOVER ROCKSTART

THE GLOBAL STARTUP MACHINE


Rockstart’s accelerator program consists of three verticals: Web & Mobile, Smart Energy and Digital Health, where a total of 68 companies have been accelerated so far. These startups are comprised of 30 nationalities, have created more than 500 jobs, and 78% have received follow-on funding for a total of €33m+.

THE PROGRAM


Our 180-day program helps founders focus their product design, market fit and business model and provides direct access to patients, professionals and other stakeholders.
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ROCK SOLID CURRICULUM

Rockstart offers Master Classes specific to the Digital Health industry including insights into Market Validation, Privacy & Security and Health Technology Assessments. Participants will also engage in Master Classes on Entrepreneurship, Lean Methodologies and much more.

Jose Barrios
JOSE BARRIOS
FOUNDER OF COGNILAB (US)

The program showed us what it means to grow an international company. Thanks to the curriculum we learned quickly about different regulations, ways of doing business and negotiation styles.

Jose Barrios
JOSE BARRIOS
FOUNDER OF COGNILAB (US)

The program showed us what it means to grow an international company. Thanks to the curriculum we learned quickly about different regulations, ways of doing business and negotiation styles.

EXPERT MENTORS

Highly skilled mentors are the backbone of our accelerator program. Participating startups have access to dozens of mentors in our Digital Health network to advise on everything from business models to international expansion.

Dennis Gijsberg
DENNIS GIJSBERS
CO-FOUNDER OF DINST (NL)

The extensive expertise of the mentor network brought more focus to Dinst. This led to new investments that helped us to expand our business significantly.

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EXPERT MENTORS

Highly skilled mentors are the backbone of our accelerator program. Participating startups have access to dozens of mentors in our Digital Health network to advise on everything from business models to international expansion.

Dennis Gijsberg
DENNIS GIJSBERS
CO-FOUNDER OF DINST (NL)

The extensive expertise of the mentor network brought more focus to Dinst. This led to new investments that helped us to expand our business significantly.

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ECOSYSTEM OF SUCCESS

Rockstart’s program offers early access to strategic health partners, global mentors, customer feedback and industry partners to advise, test and scale your business.

Robert A. Paauwe
ROBERT A. PAAUWE
FOUNDER OF TINYBOTS (NL)

Rockstart offered us a network, support and opportunities. There is a lot of exchange of knowledge, ideas and feedback which I don’t think you can get on your own. As a result of the program we set up three pilots with network partners that really helped us moving forward.

Robert A. Paauwe
ROBERT A. PAAUWE
FOUNDER OF TINYBOTS (NL)

Rockstart offered us a network, support and opportunities. There is a lot of exchange of knowledge, ideas and feedback which I don’t think you can get on your own. As a result of the program we set up three pilots with network partners that really helped us moving forward.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS


LINK TO INVESTORS

Our network includes over 200 international investors, including PPM Oost, Noaber Ventures, Greylock Partners, Balderton Capital, XAnge Private Equity, Walvis Participaties and many others.

STRONG VALIDATION OPPORTUNITIES

Our network can help startups design validation experiments, iterate results and improve your business in a structured and accelerated manner.

FREE OFFICE SPACE

We offer you full-time office space located in the heart of the Health Valley and group outings.

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT

Long after the Digital Health program ends, our Alumni Program provides mentoring, fundraising advice, legal & administrative services and access to exclusive deals.

EXCLUSIVE DEALS

All startups participating in the Digital Health program have access to over 500K EUR in services from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Bizspark and IBM Cloud.

COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

Not only do you work closely and learn from the other international startups participating in the program but you a member of the Rockstart Alumni Community.

TIMELINE


An overview of key decision dates for Rockstart's Digital Health Accelerator

July

Applications Open for the Rockstart Digital Health Accelerator 2016

August 21

Application Deadline

End of August

Program Director & Selected Mentors will interview the top 50 applicants

Mid-September

Selection Days: The top 25 applicants are invited to Nijmegen

End of October

Program Begins

OUR TEAM


Meet the team behind the Rockstart Digital Health Accelerator
Casper Smeets
Casper Smeets
Program Director
Klaas Jan Bolt
Klaas Jan Bolt
Program Associate
Peter Stastny
Peter Stastny
Community Host
Lisette Schuilwerve
Lisette Schuilwerve
Legal Associate
Mariska van der Pluijm
Mariska van der Pluijm
Investor Relations
Christiaan Teeuwen
Christiaan Teeuwen
Business Development Associate

OUR MENTORS


Individual mentoring and strategy sessions are at the core of the Rockstart Digital Health program. Our mentor network includes key international experts from health, technology and other related industries. Below find a selection of our experienced and well-connected mentors:
Eugene Borukhovich
Eugene Borukhovich
VP Healthcare at SoftServe
Jorrit Ebben
Jorrit Ebben
Founder Fieldlab Disability Health Care Solutions at Siza
John Schalken
John Schalken
Program Director at SMB Lifesciences
Huub Raemakers
Huub Raemakers
Partner Health Strategy and Innovation at Twynstra Gudde
Matthijs Blokhuis
Matthijs Blokhuis
Director at Noaber
Hans Meijs
Hans Meijs
CEO and Co-Founder at NICE Medical BV
Joep Wijman
Joep Wijman
Founder & President at Wijman Coaching
Adinda Woelderink
Adinda Woelderink
Business Developer Life Sciences & Health at Oost NV
Monique Philippens
Monique Philippens
Strategic Advisor at Gilde Healthcare
Michael Bidu
Michael Bidu
CEO at Interface Health
Marc Kalf
Marc Kalf
Health Innovation Manager at HealthValley
Lucien Engelen
Lucien Engelen
Director at Radboudumc REshape Center
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THE PARTNERS


We're proud to be located in Health Valley, Nijmegen. Within this ecosystem, we've partnered up with some of the best organisations to provide you with support, expertise and excellent validation opportunities.
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ppm-oost
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novio-tech-campus
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radboudumc
rabobank
deloitte
hekkelman

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHY SHOULD WE JOIN THE ROCKSTART DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR?

Rockstart supports you with all the necessary tools, network and guidance to grow your startup. We’ve run multiple accelerator programs since 2012, assembled an extensive mentor and partner network and developed programs that provide validation opportunities and hands-on access to the healthcare system. If your team is focused on turning your startup into a high-growth company, Rockstart Accelerator is the right partner to take the next step forward.

WE ALREADY RECEIVED SOME FUNDING AND/OR ARE NOT EARLY STAGE. CAN WE APPLY?

Yes. Your investor(s) would probably like you to join an accelerator because they know what kind of support you can get by participating. Seed investors often spend a lot of time to coach the companies they invest in to increase their survival rate but cannot organize a mentor network or provide the expertise an accelerator can. Rockstart’s Digital Health accelerator will help you to bring your startup to the next level by teaching your team how to think through your business proposition, open doors that have been closed, help you with funding, marketing & PR and make sure you lay the foundation for growth plus lots more. We tailor the program to meet the needs of the 10 selected startups.

I AM BY MYSELF AND DON’T HAVE A TEAM. CAN I APPLY?

You need to have a team of least two people to join the program. It is difficult enough to build and grow a business, so you should have a partner to be able to make it a success. During the selection period we focus on team dynamics and it’s a critical component of the selection process. You and your teammates should have complementary skills and positive team dynamics to be able to make it work. However, we realize it is sometimes difficult to find the right partner. If you are very convinced that your startup should be part of the program, we recommend you apply. We might be able to connect you to the right partner. A team should be in place before we invite you for selection days.

HOW MUCH FUNDING DO ROCKSTART ACCELERATOR STARTUPS RECEIVE?

Startups accepted to the Rockstart Digital Health accelerator receive € 20.000 plus an in-kind investment consisting of office space and other facilities, expert workshops, international events, exclusive deals and intensive hands-on (mentor) support, all in exchange for 8% equity. We are willing to give our all alongside your other co-founders to make your startup work. You can call on us as a co-founder; before, during and long after the program has ended.

WHAT TYPE OF STARTUPS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

For our 2016 Digital Health program we are looking for digital health startups that show potential of changing the way in which health created or delivered through technology. Our focus areas are: Prevent (e.g. in the work place), Connect (think connected patients or Quantified Self) and Communicate (patient-to-patient communication and more).

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET ACCEPTED TO THE ROCKSTART ACCELERATOR?

We believe in the power of a great team. Since our program is extremely intense and requires full team dedication, it’s important that you have a strong team in place with a track record, motivation and potential. We’re also looking for innovation. It doesn’t mean that you have to come up with a totally original idea, but your execution of that idea has to be unique. We’re looking to change the world with the startups we work with. We don’t care where you’re from in the world as long as you can get here before the start of the program.

WE ONLY HAVE AN IDEA, IS IT TOO EARLY STAGE TO APPLY?

In order for us to help you get the most out of the program, we’re primarily looking for startups that have developed at least a MVP (minimal viable product), have customers or users and some traction. If your idea is still on the back of a napkin at the moment, we suggest you go to the next Startup Weekend or Startup Next and test it out. However, as long as you have a business vision by the end of our application process in August 2016, we’d love to hear it.

WHERE IS ROCKSTART’S DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR BASED?

Rockstart’s Digital Health Accelerator is based at the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen. Located in the heart of Health Valley, a regional network of 700+ companies and institutions involved in healthcare, Novio Tech Campus is also home to other (digital) health startups.

ARE THERE GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS IN APPLYING FOR ROCKSTART ACCELERATOR?

No. We are open for startups from all over the world. If you are from outside of the EU, we will support you in applying for the Dutch startup visa. Rockstart is one of the few accredited facilitators who can propose startups receive this visa.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS

If you have other questions, please send us an email or plan a Skype call with us. We will get back to you shortly.