The first digital version of this successful matchmaking event will take place on November 11.
Text: Maite Bellon
The event will give companies and public organizations operating in the fields of pharmaceuticals and healthcare the chance to meet healthtech Swedish startups with the goal of initiating collaborative projects together.
Large companies need skills from multiple sectors to stay competitive, and startups are an efficient and exciting way of doing this. This event is all about bridging the two as to enable new businesses,” says Magnus Bergendahl, Head of Development at Sahlgrenska Science Park, one of this edition’s organizers together with Ignite Sweden and Sting.
The event will also be run in collaboration with Swedish life science incubators including GU Ventures, KI Innovations, Lead, Smile, UBI – Umeå Biotech Incubator and UIC – Uppsala Innovation Centre.
The participating companies will be matched with handpicked startups from all over Sweden. They will then meet for 20 minutes each to discuss how to potentially work together to address their key challenges. “We expect that at least 15 corporates or healthcare organizations will join this event and the participation of at least 75 startups,” adds Olof Berglund, business coach for healthtech companies at Sting.
A new scenario due to the pandemic
Only a few months after the last edition, the Covid19 pandemic was declared, bringing an array of new challenges to the health sector.
“The pandemic made it clearer than ever that business-as-usual is not enough to handle the future. Healthcare needs healthtech to stay on top – and startups are ahead of the game,” says Magnus.
“Healthtech startups have a great future ahead of us because of the pandemic. Many startups have adapted their businesses to this new scenario. We have also seen the birth of many startups with solutions for the new challenges that healthcare and patients face,” says Olof.
Previous editions in 2018 and 2019
This is the third edition of Ignite Healthtech. The first edition was held in Stockholm in 2018 and brought together 10 life science corporates and 41 startups.
AstraZeneca, bioMerieux, Bonnier Healthcare, Capio/Ramsay Santé, Essity, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, Roche Diagnostics Scandinavia and Wellspect participated in the most recent edition of the event, held in Gothenburg in 2019. They met over 50 startups in no less than 72 matchmaking meetings.
“Many great collaborations between corporates and startups have occurred after the last two events. We expect nothing less this time,” says Olof.
Applications are now open
Corporates and public organizations can apply to participate in the upcoming Ignite Healthtech now. Apply by Thursday, June 24 by clicking here: https://ignitesweden.org/events/ignite-healthtech-2021.