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Biopôle’s Vanguard Accelerator welcomes HoliYou

Biopôle SA is thrilled to announce that HoliYou has recently joined the Vanguard Accelerator. This six-month programme helps early-stage, digital health start-ups get off the ground by giving them a space in which to work and facilitating connections with experts in their field.

HoliYou is the first personalised self-care app exclusively dedicated to those attempting to conceive via assisted fertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Developed in collaboration with renowned fertility centres in Europe, HoliYou provides a platform for patients to self-manage their medical protocols and access online holistic therapies, such as yoga, meditation, hypnosis and micronutritional programmes. HoliYou’s user-oriented interface streamlines access to mental and physical support, giving customers greater control over their reproductive journey, with the aim of improving the outcome of treatment.

Eugénie Vellieux Co-founder of HoliYou and Pierre-Jean Wipff Innovation and Partnerships Director at Biopôle SA meets for the Vanguard Accelerator kick-off.

How the Vanguard Accelerator programme helps

Thanks to the Vanguard Accelerator programme, the HoliYou team will be put in contact with expert mentors in the healthcare sector, thus developing a network of qualified professionals who can challenge their business strategy. Moreover, the team will benefit from six months’ desk space in the Digital Health Hub at Biopôle, allowing them to immerse themselves in the campus’ rich life sciences ecosystem.

HoliYou Co-founder Eugénie Vellieux said: ‘When we applied, our goal was to leverage the specialised healthcare focus of the programme. It’s crucial that we access industry-specific knowledge, connections and facilities to navigate the unique challenges of the healthcare sector. The early-stage support provided by the Vanguard Accelerator will empower us to address these challenges and drive us to refine our vision into an effective go-to-market strategy.’

Meanwhile, Director of Innovations and Partnerships at Biopôle, Pierre-Jean Wipff, praised Eugénie’s mission: ‘In a world where fertility is declining, HoliYou proposes an original approach for couples lost and overwhelmed in their IVF journey. It offers a patient-centric digital solution,’ he reflects. ‘We want to support Eugénie and her team to build a sound business model and to better understand the impact their product could have on couples and their relatives, as well as on assisted fertility providers, in terms of both clinical and wellness-related outcomes.’

HoliYou joins an esteemed roster of other Vanguard Accelerator start-ups transforming digital health. Alumni of the programme include Consulto, PhenomX, biped.ai, Gabi SmartCare, Impli, Resilient, Sensemodi, XANA, Onescope and PeriVision.

Interested in joining the Vanguard Accelerator to challenge your own business strategy? The next deadline is 7th February, 2024. More details can be found here.

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Vanguard Accelerator

The Vanguard Accelerator is a free six-month programme, run by Biopôle SA and its partners, to help promising digital health-oriented projects supercharge their innovation and take their business strategy to the next level.

This immersive programme gives early-stage start-ups the opportunity to work with diverse and experienced digital health experts, who can advise on business plans and strategies. They include clinicians, nurses and pharmacists, alongside regulators, investors and IT specialists, all ready to offer their expertise. Start-ups selected for the accelerator programme benefit from exclusive real-world insights for business hypothesis testing and networking support to bring their digital health innovation to life. Among the first companies to have been selected for the programme back in 2020 are Gabi Smartcare and Resilient.ai.

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