SunRamp Healthtech Accelerator
Take your startup further, faster
About the Accelerator
The SunRamp Healthtech Accelerator helps healthtech startups go further, faster by focusing on pathways to revenue and making deals, not just demo days.
SunRamp is designed to boost the growth of later stage startups who are ready to scale up with technology products targeting solutions to the health and wellbeing sectors.
The program runs on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for 12 weeks from 8 June until 31 August 2021.
Who we are after
Established healthtech startups based on the Sunshine Coast or with a Queensland presence and able to travel to the workshop sessions on the Sunshine Coast
Achieving initial sales
A viable tech-based product or service with opportunities in the health and wellbeing sectors
Who would benefit from focused support to secure new deals, build revenue and begin to scale the business in national and international markets
May have already participated in an early-stage accelerator program
What we offer
Tailored education program, including 6 expert workshops
Focused mentoring, network development and introductions
Opportunity USA – potential to access Global Landing Program in Denver, Colorado
Visiting office space
Technology assessment and recommendations
SunRamp is targeted at later stage startups with technology solutions targeting health and wellbeing markets. We are open to all health and wellbeing sectors, just some example sectors include:
Improving the lives of older adults
Technology that is built around the needs and wants of older adults, example areas include smart home devices, wearables and technology enabled homecare. The world’s population is ageing with a forecast of 2.1 billion people over 60 by 2050 and older adults are adopting technology such as the internet, Smart TVs, tablets and wearables more than ever before.
Helping people feel better
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. In Australia, almost half of the total population (45%) will experience a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime (ABS, 2009). In recent years, there has been significant growth and investment in mental health startups in areas such as apps and monitoring, telehealth, corporate wellness and e-treatment.
Transforming the health sector
Digital Heath is defined as the use of technology, communication, services, and processes in healthcare, digital health can deliver improved human involvement, health outcomes and service efficiencies. Digital health has massive potential in addressing some of this century’s biggest healthcare challenges.
SunRamp is delivered by a skilled team and builds upon experience gained from innovation programs with proven track records in Australia, the UK and the United States.
Ron has championed the launch of the SunRamp program in Australia to build upon his experience with startups and accelerator programs in the United States. He is the lead business coach for the program and will take a hands-on approach to help startups build their revenue pipelines.
Ron has spent over 20 years in the USA – most recently in Boulder, Colorado which, per capita, has more high-tech start-ups than any city in the US. He has a deep background in technology and building startup communities having contributed to the UpRamp and Boomtown Accelerators. He moved from the USA to Sunshine Coast in 2019 and is an active entrepreneur, investor and mentor.
What is regarded at Healthtech?
Healthtech or digital health, uses technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability to increase thedevelopment and commercialisation of medicinal products.Creating a definition for Healthtech is a little difficult for a sector that has a seemingly endless list of possible uses for technology within its many operations, services and stakeholders.
Does it cost money or equity to participate in the program?
No, ventures are not required to issue equity or make payment in order to participate in the program.
What is the time commitment from participants?
The final program will be tuned to the specific needs of participants and each startup can confirm the areas they want to concentrate on. The core elements of the program are:
- A series of 6 workshops, held fortnightly for a 3 hour duration on a weekday.
- One-to-one coaching sessions.
How many people from each startup can participate?
Up to two founders from each participating startup.
Where are the workshop sessions held?
The main venue for workshops will be the Vitality Village, opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Coaching sessions will be held at SunRamp Office, Birtinya or by arrangement.
Does the program help me build connections to others that may support my venture?
Yes, the program provides an opportunity for you to build your network by building relationships with fellow participants, presenters and coaches and we will also help you to draw up your network development plan and draw upon our networks in Australia, the United States and beyond to make introductions to key people where possible.
Do I need to be based on the Sunshine Coast?
The program is primarily aimed at businesses based on the Sunshine Coast although we will also consider applications from other Queensland based businesses. The program sessions are physically held on the Sunshine Coast – not online – and so participants need to be able to travel to attend these sessions.