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SIX-MONTH ACCELERATOR
FOR BUSINESS VALIDATION

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 is a unique opportunity for early-stage start-ups 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. Any start-ups selected for the accelerator programme will benefit from exclusive real-world insights for business hypothesis testing and networking support to bring their innovation in digital health to life. In addition to enjoying six months of desk space at Biopôle, companies profit from the support of a dedicated programme manager, who makes sure they have the resources they need to build momentum and achieve their goals.

Biopôle - Phenyl - Digital Health Hub. Entrance to the open space

dedicated to early-stage companies and projects

2020
Biopôle launched the accelerator
to boost emerging projects
25+
experts
from clinicians, caregivers and pharmacists to regulators, investors and IT specialists
6
month programme
to build rock-solid business foundations
1
manager
to accompany start-ups throughout the process

Supported companies & Alumni

Benefits

Companies enrolled on the Vanguard Accelerator benefit from:

  • constructive feedback from the Vanguard experts
  • personalised follow-up from at least one Vanguard expert about a specific business strategy
  • regular meetings coordinated by the programme manager for broader access to the healthcare network and digital health stakeholders
  • six months of free access to the Digital Health Hub infrastructure, with up to two desks in an open workspace and use of the meeting rooms
  • discounted access to the DH2 infrastructure for the six months following the programme (subject to the approval of the Vanguard experts)
  • dedicated support from partner organisations for financing, business modelling, coaching, etc. (if applicable).

Commitment

The start-ups commit to:

  • being physically present at the Digital Health Hub on a regular basis for the full six months of the programme
  • following up with the experts they’ve been introduced to
  • mentioning the support they’ve received from the Vanguard Accelerator on their website throughout the time they are on the programme.

We massively grew our network. It helped us to shape our business and position ourselves in a more mature way. We wouldn’t be here without them!

Anna Luisa Schaffgotsch, Founder and CEO of Impli

Applications

We welcome applications from early-stage companies or projects that plan to deliver high-added-value work at Biopôle and in the canton of Vaud. The only prerequisites are that you’ve reached proof of concept (POC) and can show that the project has potentially impactful clinical relevance. So far, we have welcomed projects focusing on mobile health, electronic medical records, wearable devices, telemedicine and personalised medicine. However, any health project that integrates digital technologies is welcome to apply.

To apply for the Vanguard Accelerator, complete the application form online. Applications are accepted all-year round and undergo a review process. Suitable companies are then invited to present to the Vanguard experts. The experts select companies for the programme based on the quality of the application, the project’s potential impact, its clinical relevance and how well it fits with the committee’s expertise.

Next application deadlines

  • 20th May (Vanguard experts’ review: 8th June)
  • 20th August (Vanguard experts’ review: 7th September)
  • 14th October (Vanguard experts’ review: 2nd November)

Application form

What happens once you’ve been accepted?

Successful applicants first attend an onboarding meeting to set critical objectives to achieve while on the programme. This is followed by six months of personalised support with a firm focus on helping the CEO and their team carry the business forwards. By providing access to experts across a range of disciplines and areas, the Biopôle Vanguard Accelerator seeks to challenge and consolidate business models and help companies embark on a new stage in their development.

VANGUARD EXPERTS

The aim of the Vanguard Accelerator is to help consolidate the business plan of each start-up enrolled on the programme and help them to launch new pilot projects, finalise investment rounds or begin clinical studies. The Vanguard Accelerator aims to fast-track the design and adoption of digital health innovation. The experts are the people who will help you get there.

Laurent Christe
Senior Engagement Manager chez La Poste Suisse
Cédric Debrunner
Partner & Head of Sales at Open Web Technology
Rodolphe Eurin
CEO at Hôpital de La Tour
Peter Greaney
Head Of Corporate Development at ADC Therapeutics
Tom Gibbs
Director Debiopharm Innovation Fund at Debiopharm Group
Olivier Muller
Cardiologue at CHUV
Pierre Chauvineau
Chairman of the Board at Sequana Medical
Ramon Roig
Director Corporate Development, New Ventures & Strategic Alliances
Sébastien Mabillard
Business developer, Digital Health Initiative, business strategies design
Thierry Weber
Partner, Vivactis Group
Dominique Truchot-Cardot
Professeur Institut et Haute Ecole La Source. Lausanne
Thomas Hugle
Professor and Head of Rheumatology, University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV)
Alexandra Vallon-Eberhard
Senior Director Global Business Development at Roche
Shayesteh  Fuerst-Ladani
CEO of SFL Group of Companies
Philippe Ryvlin
Head of Department of Clinical Neurosciences chez CHUV
Christian Perrudet
Brand Manager Rheumatology chez Eli Lilly and Company
Tim Juergens
Co-Founder & General Manager en SeedLink SL
Jacques Fellay
Professor of genomics and precision medicine at EPFL and CHUV
Vincent Grek
Digital Strategist at SILAB at institut and Haute École de la santé la Source
Beat Haldemann
Responsable du système d'information de la Direction générale de la santé at Etat de Vaud
Olivier Pochelon
Head of Sales at Groupe Ofac
Nasri Nahas
CEO, Biopôle SA
Pierre-Jean Wipff
Innovation and Partnerships Director, Biopôle SA

HAVE A FIRST CHAT
WITH PIERRE-JEAN

The best way to learn about the Vanguard Accelerator is to have a chat with Pierre-Jean Wipff, Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Biopôle. Pierre-Jean is a seasoned innovation adviser with entrepreneurship experience. Alongside managing the Vanguard Accelerator, he runs the Corporate Partnerships Programme and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biopôle Start-up Fund.

Take the first step towards joining our accelerator by sending Pierre-Jean a message.