Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where is HS. based?

    We’re based in London in the UK. The UK has the largest healthcare system in the world together with one of the best healthcare training systems. If you can make it in health or healthcare here you can make it anywhere.

  • Do I need an idea, team or startup experience to apply?

    Nope. We are unique in that we are focussed on exceptional individuals and early-stage teams with a passion for health startups. We look for talented individuals with coding, technical, business and health backgrounds that are the sort of people who have lots of ideas but haven't necessarily found the right idea yet and haven’t been able to find the right co-founder to work towards an idea much bigger than themselves.

  • What do you consider ‘health startups’? I’m not sure my idea fits into this?

    We love everything to do with both health and healthcare. Healthcare focuses on primary, secondary and community-based care and is primarily concerned with current hospital and community health systems that look to provide care to patients and the community. Within this is a huge range of opportunity from designing a medical device, to creating a software system for hospitals to creating an AI that helps elderly people at home.
    Health encompasses even more and includes fitness, well-being and consumer products that look to improve the health of individuals. More broadly public health startups such as ways to improve sanitation in the developing world or to improve the efficiency of humanitarian projects are fantastic.
    If you are not sure where your idea fits (remember you don’t need an idea to apply) feel free to drop us an email.
    We also offer some 'Wildcard' entries, meaning that if your idea or solution doesn't fit directly into health or healthcare but we see a benefit we will take you on.

  • Do I need to be a PhD, programmer, have industry experience to apply?

    We select outstanding founders from lots of different backgrounds. Real-world industry experience is helpful but we live in a time when teenagers can create billion dollar tech startups and we are truly focussed on bringing together the best group of individuals possible to work on something special.

  • So I can apply as a solo-founder, early team or team with revenue?

    The HS. programme caters to everyone, whether you are finishing your degree, already working at Google or already working in your company full-time we're here to help you. All that we ask is that you are able to attend the mandatory elements and work well with your co-founder. Getting into HS. is tough but the rewards are huge.

  • Do we need to be working full-time on our company?

    We're entrepreneurs ourselves and we know that not everyone is able to quit their job, move location or drop out of college/university when they are starting out as a founder. In fact most of the best founders we know began by working incredibly hard, building their company around their day job before moving to focus on their startup full-time.
    We prefer if you have taken the jump and are all-in with your idea but the cool thing about HS. is that we have torn-up the rule book and take talented individuals and also established companies.

  • When is the application deadline?

    HS. isn't like a normal accelerator. We only select the best founders and then stick with them for life, not just for the length of a programme. We have quarterly intakes but you can apply anytime.
    There is absolutely nothing to be lost by applying at any stage, so what are you waiting for? Head over to the Apply page now.

  • What equity do you guys take? Are there any programme fees?

    HS. has torn up the traditional accelerator model and we've also torn up how we engage and invest in companies.

    We have a tiered equity model depending on the size and stage of your company to enable you to utilise the HS. platform in the most accessible way. For early stage companies we typically take 4-8% equity. For later stage companies who have already started generating revenue or raised beyond seed we offer a programme fee.

    The HS. programme fee is waived for teams we have equity in who successfully apply and means that we are part of your startup team from day one and invested in helping you to succeed. Equity only triggers when your startup successfully raises a seed round and we also have the option to invest in the most promising startups at this stage too.
    Advisor and NED equity is typically around 0.5-2% which is why we feel the benefits of HS. and the HS.Ecosystem reflect a fair deal.

  • What do we get?

    We look to add exponential value to both you as an entrepreneur/individual and to your company.
    We put together teams that could not otherwise be made and through mentoring sessions set your team up from the earliest stage possible to succeed in health and healthcare. We’ll save you time and help you to navigate key hurdles for health and healthcare startups.
    On top of this our brand team works with you from day 1 and is essentially part of your early stage startup during the programme. This includes helping you develop a brand, website, marketing strategy and much more.
    You'll also be part of the HS. Ecosystem for life which includes invitations to private events, alumni networking, spots at the HS. Awards and Xpo together with ongoing support from our mentors and partners.

  • Do I get any investment?

    We feel that the best companies begin with bootstrapping from the earliest stages and companies of all sizes should be focused on growing their product and ensuring that customers love what they are making. We don’t provide any initial monetary incentives but actively help you gain funding, customers and provide you with the HS. platform to learn and grow. If you are just applying for investment you have probably come to the wrong place.
    We can invest or co-invest in the best startups during the HS. programme and reserve the right to do so.

  • What is so special about the HS. Programme?

    The main obstacles to health startups tends to be navigating procurement channels, understanding health ethics committees, compliance panels and how to prove that your idea can effect health.
    We have close links to the NHS which is the largest healthcare provider in the world together with advisors at the top level of health science and clinical committees to help quickly identify whether your idea is viable and to then help you effectively turn it into a business venture in the health space.
    We have torn-up the 'accelerator' model and focus on tackling global health problems by selecting only the best teams and founders.
    HS. is exclusive with only the best, most commercially viable companies selected and matched to our partner sales-pipelines.
    Our knowledge of the NHS helps you to navigate procurement channels and gain validation from the largest global health provider. Our partnerships with the Department of International Trade help hugely catapult your company into its next growth stage internationally. We want you to have as much fun as possible while working towards an enormous goal: to revolutionise health and healthcare worldwide using tech and startups. Come join us.

  • Is healthcare really that important? I quite like the look of fintech.

    Healthcare worldwide is badly broken with Western countries nearing 20% GDP spend, making current healthcare unsustainable. Current healthcare systems are antiquated and alternatives are expensive and not tailored to key needs.
    Better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transforming the quality and reduce the cost of health and care services. It can give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing, empower carers, reduce the administrative burden for care professionals, and support the development of new medicines and treatments.
    This is a great opportunity to use your skills to build something bigger than yourself and to have a lasting effect on people’s lives.

  • Is my IP safe? Do you help with IP protection and navigating university IP committees?

    Yes on all 3 counts. Your IP is completely safe at all stages. We’ll help you secure your idea and make sure it is as defensible as possible during the programme. We actively work with University IP and will help you agree terms that work for both you, your university and your startup.

  • Can I apply to other accelerators after the programme?

    Absolutely! We will even help you choose the ones best suited to your growth goals. We favour classic accelerator models with a health vertical as we feel these provide health-specific startups with the best access to customers and growth prior to scaling.

  • Do I need to relocate to join the programme?

    The programme is held in London and there will be regular events however we also encourage productive teams to work in environments best suited to them. There is no necessity to fully relocate for the duration of the programme all that we ask is that you can work productively with your co-founder. This can be remotely, at your own co-working space or in a Starbucks; the choice is with you.

  • Do you have a co-working space?

    We are based at the Health Foundry and for companies looking for space we have hot-decking available.

  • Do I need to incorporate my company in the UK?

    We’d prefer if you did however we deal with specific requests on a case-by-case basis. Our legal and banking teams can arise you on the best ways to incorporate and open bank accounts when you are ready. We know that founders want to be in charge of key decisions like these so we don't impose any one specific bank or way of doing things.

  • What happens if I quit, my start-up fails, I run into problems?

    Making a successful startup is tough and not all our companies will succeed. Companies that fail after the programme can be dissolved. If you run into problems or a co-founder leaves during the programme we can actively build you into another team or bring you back for a future cohort.
    If you decide that being in a startup isn't for you we can help you find a job better suited to your skills via some of our partners.

  • Do you have any tips for applying?

    Speak with previous applicants, read some of the books in the book club, be confident and sell yourself at the application and interview.
    When completing the application or answering interview questions try to give specific metrics; we're entrepreneurs too so we prefer action and substance over waffle. Also try and standout.

    The process is highly competitive so don't be disheartened if you don't get a spot first-time round. Reflect and keep at it.

  • I have a specific question not covered above

    We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line and we’ll help as best we can.