Healthcare Lab Accelerator Fast-Tracks Growth of Digital Health Startups

The International acceleration program for early-stage digital healthcare ventures in CEE and Southern Europe – Healthcare Lab is launching its second edition with a more ambitious program, new partners, and a wider geographical scope. The HealthCare Lab accelerator aims to connect, grow and nurture an international innovation community in order to address some of the biggest challenges in the healthcare system. The program is powered by Roche. This year, HealthCare Lab gained international support across European Roche operations. Moreover, to achieve even greater impact, Roche joined forces with EIT Health, Europe’s largest network of health innovators.

International Partnership Covering 16 countries

The second edition of HealthCare Lab is expanding to a much larger geographic scale within the combined global Roche and EIT Health network. The program currently covers 16 countries in CEE and Southern Europe: – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia – join the program. Thanks to this international partnership of Roche and EIT Health, more than 30 experts and mentors will be supporting startups on a European level.

HealthCare Lab aims to put patients at the center

The program founding partners have identified common strategic challenges in the healthcare systems across CEE and Southern Europe which are to be addressed by digital startups. Interested startups can choose one of three categories to apply to, in order to become part of HealthCare Lab 2022:

Selected challenges are:
  • Healthcare data management
  • Screening and early diagnostics
  • Digital therapeutics and disease management

Find out about the challenges on the website:

How will the HealthCare Lab accelerator work?

Registration for HealthCare Lab is open till 30 November 2021 via with an applications kick-off information event live streamed on 4th November. Link to the event

Eligible are all registered companies from CEE and Southern Europe with a team of at least two people, functional solution prototype and funding up to EUR 5M. During the selection boot-camp, held at the beginning of December, HealthCare Lab experts will pick 9 startups which will participate in the acceleration program starting in January 2022.

In the course of the 3-month program selected startups will gain the opportunity to develop their projects with support of the international network of Roche, EIT Health and top healthcare business mentors. The program will combine workshops, one-on-one mentoring and dedicated coaching sessions, along with networking and matchmaking events. Healthcare Lab will conclude with a final Demo Day in April 2022 and a selection of winners in each challenge.

More information about HealthCare Lab as well as the registration form are available at