What is the Healthcare City and how can I access it?

We are a startup incubator (not accelerator). Our main goal is to help healthcare and well-being startups to launch their business in the global market. On our website you can find more information about us, about our ecosystem and our amazing team.

There are two ways to be accepted into the Healthcare City, depending on the maturity stage of your startup: Health Market Program and High Jump. You can find more information about coming to the Healthcare City here.

What is Health Market Program?

Health Market Program is an 11-weeks program that was built thinking in all entrepreneurs who need help to reach the market. It’s our way to make sure everyone is well prepared to be introduced to our Founders. You can find more information here.

What is High Jump?

High Jump is for mature startups that have a product or service ready to scale at an international level, that already have sales and that have a dedicated team. You can find more information here.

 Do you invest in startups and how much equity do you take?

We do not invest in startups, and we give no money for accommodation or any other expenses. Our business model is slightly different, and much more attractive from our point of view. You can find more information here.

Are you only looking for startups?

No. You may well be an already established 20-employee company with a great idea but still struggling to grow in a global context, or a lone entrepreneur needing help to structure his business to expand it worldwide.

What kind of projects do you accept?

We are looking for all types of health care and wellbeing-related products and services such as digital health, devices, services, clinical and biomedical research, etc.


How can I apply?

The Health Market Program has two annual calls. After the 11 weeks, the best teams will be pitching to our Screening Committee in what we call the Pitch Day. The Screening Committee will then select the startups that will be invited to incubate.

The High Jump has four annual calls. Teams will be selected through an interview, and the best ones will pitch to our Screening Committee in the High Jump Pitch Day, who will select the ones that will become part of our family.

Keep an eye on our website and social pages to find out more about the deadlines and Pitch Day dates.

What is expected from my pitch?

During your pitch, and in order to convince our fierce Screening Committee, you need to clearly explain:

  • The opportunity, i.e., the problem you are solving;
  • Your solution and your value proposition;
  • Your market: who, where, size;
  • The plan: how are you going to do it;
  • Where your advantage lies and who your competitors are;
  • The team;
  • Your numbers (if you have any).

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Can I incubate within the Healthcare City without moving to Lisbon?

The City Team and Founders will support you in every phase of your journey in the Healthcare City, and our primary goal is to put your business in the global market.  Also, your entrance in the market will be proportionally faster with your physical presence in our facilities. Taking that into consideration we expect your full commitment to your project and that you and/or your team spend a considerable amount of time every in Lisbon working with us.

Can you get us visas?

No, but you can benefit from the conditions we have negotiated with our corporate service partners, namely companies that help people who are moving abroad.

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Call for Proposals end on May 20th