Global healthcare workforce shortages are at crisis levels, driven by burnout, shrinking hospital and ministry budgets, and the aftermath of a worldwide pandemic. As a result, patients are going untreated or experiencing delays in care, and healthcare workers’ mental health is suffering.
At Amazon Web Services (AWS), we believe technology-enabled approaches, and startups, can help organizations address workforce issues – but we need your help. The AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce will scale high potential startups focusing on healthcare customers’ most urgent challenge: training, retaining, and deploying their healthcare workforce.
The AWS Healthcare Accelerator is a virtual four-week technical, business, and mentorship accelerator that will scale high potential startups focusing on the urgent challenge of healthcare burnout, training, retaining, and deploying the healthcare workforce.
The program is unique and allows each participating company to determine its own goals and focus. During the program, companies will benefit from technical and commercial expertise at AWS, which will align with their challenges and objectives.
The accelerator will help startups use cloud technologies from AWS to tackle healthcare’s biggest challenges. Selected startups will work with AWS technical experts to build and grow their cloud-based healthcare solutions.
The program provides participants with:
- More than 50 hours of custom content sessions, healthcare, business and AWS-specific mentoring
- AWS computing credits
- Help from healthcare industry leaders for business models, plans for regulatory pathways, product safety and effectiveness reviews, integrations with electronic health records and other clinical information systems, and preparations for clinical deployment
- Collaboration opportunities with AWS healthcare customers and members of the AWS Partner Network (APN) looking for healthcare solutions
- Access to the AWS, AlchemistX, and Plexal global networks to build connections to meet an eventual goal of gaining pilots and partnerships
The AWS Healthcare Accelerator is delivered by AlchemistX in the U.S. and Plexal in EMEA. AlchemistX, part of industry-leading Alchemist Accelerator, identifies, incubates, accelerates, and scales enterprise startups around the world. Plexal is the innovation company that supercharges collaboration.
Meet the Cohorts
The first global AWS Healthcare Accelerator for Workforce includes:
The program will also bring in healthcare industry leaders to collaborate with startups to define business models, plan for regulatory pathways, validate their product for safety and effectiveness, integrate with electronic health records and other clinical information systems, and prepare for deployment in clinical settings. This enables startup teams to have a deeper understanding of the industry and to help tailor their solutions to customer needs.
Healthcare organizations are joining AWS in this accelerator as Healthcare subject matter experts, delivering mentorship and content relevant to their needs and location.
Applications OpenNovember 16, 2022
Applications CloseJanuary 8, 2023 (11:59 PM PST )
Startups NotifiedJanuary 27, 2023
Pitch Day FinalsFebruary 2023
Final Cohorts SelectedFebruary 2023
Week ZeroApril 2023
AWS Healthcare Accelerator BeginsApril - May 2023
Demo DaySummer 2023
Who should apply?
The AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce is open to all solutions addressing clinical and healthcare worker burnout, retention, training, deployment, workflow, and increasing access to quality healthcare. Startups from across the globe with a validated solution, existing customers and revenue, and that use or seek to use AWS to help solve the biggest challenges in healthcare workforce will be considered to participate in the 2023 global cohorts.
The mission of the AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce is to cultivate and promote a diverse cohort of startups that seek to address the workforce challenges in healthcare.
We aim to help startups with demonstrated commercial traction—in terms of revenue and the potential to scale in the healthcare industry—accelerate their impact, access additional resources, and expand their reach.
Our program is unique and allows each participating company to determine its own goals and focus. During the program, companies will benefit from technical and commercial expertise at AWS, which will align with their challenges and objectives. Evidence shows that many groups are under-represented in founding and scaling health technology companies.
At AWS, we welcome applications from founders of all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, who in turn reflect the diversity of people within and served by health and care systems.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will applications to the AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce be judged?
AWS will judge applications on several factors, including the innovation, the overall value the solution will bring to the industry, the creative application of AWS to solve problems, and the team’s ability to deliver on an identified opportunity.
How many participants will be selected for each cohort in the U.S. and EMEA?
The AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce is a single program with two delivery regions, one in the U.S. and one in EMEA, each with a cohort of 10 startups selected to participate.
Regardless of delivery region, both programs will be delivered over the same period, sharing common content. Each will have a region-specific approach for specific topics in cohort programming, including regulatory compliance and go to market strategy. Startup will be able to choose which delivery region they wish to join, depending on their go to market target country and/or preferred time zone for attendance.
What is the application process?
Startups can submit applications online from 16 November 2022 to 8 January 2023. AWS, AlchemistX and Plexal will review applications, conduct pitch day finals and notify the 10 winners for each cohort in February 2023.
What does the accelerator provide selected participants?
Selected startups will receive up to $25,000 USD of AWS promotional credits, as well as technical, business, and go to market mentorship from AWS healthcare experts. The program will also identify collaboration opportunities with AWS healthcare customers and members of the APN looking for healthcare solutions.
This program is unique and allows each participating company to determine its own goals and focus. During the program, companies will benefit from technical and commercial expertise at AWS, which will align with their challenges and objectives.
After the accelerator concludes, AWS, AlchemistX, and Plexal will curate, for each cohort, a virtual demo day to showcase the participating companies and solutions developed to key stakeholders in the healthcare industry to drive partnership and customer growth.
What are the requirements to participate?
The AWS Healthcare Accelerator: Global Cohort for Workforce is open to startups with solutions addressing clinical and healthcare worker burnout, retention, training, deployment, and workflow.
We are searching for startups from across the globe whose strategic focus is either the U.S. or EMEA healthcare market segments. We welcome companies at all stages, from growth stage to series C and beyond. AWS does not require equity or financial obligations to participate.
The accelerator is open to any stage company that meets the following criteria:
• Has a validated solution, existing customers and revenue.
• Focuses on healthcare solutions or whose existing solution from another industry is applicable to the healthcare needs described in the call for applications.
• Has an AWS account, in the process of moving to AWS or considering a migration to AWS.
• Can commit to 15 hours per week during EACH week of the four-week accelerator program, including both live virtual sessions and weekly 1:1 business and technical mentoring.
• Is fluent in English and able to join video conference events, primarily held during U.S. or European business hours.
Can I apply to join both U.S. and EMEA cohorts?
If your business is targeting both regions as part of your growth strategy and you have the resources to expand in both regions then you are welcome to apply to both. You will be assessed independently in each region’s selection process. Applying to both regions does not increase your chances of being selected, and you will be asked to explain why you are applying to both.
Who do I contact with questions?
Who are the Healthcare subject matter experts?
Healthcare industry leaders are joining AWS as subject matter experts, delivering mentorship and content relevant to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the industry and help participants tailor solutions to customer needs.
Participating organizations include:
• Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
• The American Hospital Association (AHA)
• NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire
• Northern Care Alliance
• The Clinical Advanced Technologies Initiative (CATI)
• Mass General Brigham
• The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
• Royal Papworth Hospital
We already used AWS Activate credits. Are we eligible for the $25,000 USD promotional credits?
Yes. All startups admitted into the AWS Healthcare Accelerator will be given the promotional credits.
AlchemistX is the corporate and government services division of Alchemist Accelerator. We partner with industry-leading corporations and governments, take the expertise and tools that have helped make Alchemist startups so successful, and bring them to specialized programs around the world. Alchemist has become a critical hub connecting enterprise founders, VCs, corporations, and mentors.
Plexal was founded in 2017 by clients of specialist real estate investment advisory company Delancey. Plexal is the innovation company that supercharges collaboration. It combines open innovation with a community of fast-growth startups to help enterprises and the government unlock the potential of technology. Plexal delivers innovation projects for some of the most influential government departments and global tech companies, including IBM, Amazon Web Services and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.