Thursday, February 9

Bupa Opens Applications for its 2018 Blue Table Accelerator Program

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Are you someone who has an idea that could benefit the aged care community?  Do you know someone who does? What about ideas that will help support professionals working in aged care?

Well Venturetec has partnered with Bupa to find innovative startups that have potential solutions to the above questions to join Bupa Australia’s Blue Table Accelerator Program!

The Blue Table Accelerator Program is a 6 month global program which gives startups and small businesses the chance to work with Bupa to tackle key customer challenges. This year’s program focuses on issues in aged care. In particular, Bupa are looking for solutions to two key questions:

  1. How might we exploit new technologies and innovative solutions to support and enable the ageing population to live independently for longer and to allow family members to help?
  2. How might we use innovative solutions to help support Bupa’s professional carers as they go about their working day?

Startups that are successfully accepted into the program with receive up to £25,000 in funding. They will also benefit from partnering with a global organisation that can tap into 16.5m health insurance customers, 10.6m people in Bupa clinics and hospitals, 25,000 aged care residents. Unlike a lot of other accelerator programs the funding is provided without requiring the startup to give equity in their company.

Startups interested in applying first need to complete an online application. There will then be a series of follow-up interviews and panel reviews before the shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in half day in-depth discussions about program fit, pilot objectives and preferred program location.

Finally, successful finalists will be invited to join the program, which will run in two phases. The first phase (10 weeks) aims for startups to demonstrate a proof of concept (POC) of their solution in one of Bupa’s partner geographies (Australia, New Zealand, UK or Spain). If successful, startups will move to the second phase of the program, where up to £25k will be available for startups to implement a minimum viable product (MVP) within 90 days.

Applications for entry to Phase 1 close on 18 April 2018 and interested startups can register here!


About Author

Paul Towers is a passionate supporter of the Australian startup ecosystem and the Founder of Startup Soda. Originally, Startup Soda was solely a newsletter that helped curate the best content from the Australian startup community, more recently however it has turned into a media platform with the aim of improving coverage of Australian Startups, Founders and VC's.

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