Groupe Mutuel and EPFL Innovation Park are joining forces to launch Tech4Eva, the first start-up acceleration program in Switzerland addressing women’s health. The goal of the program is to create community of students, researchers and innovators working together to develop new ideas and
technologies that improve the health of women.
Although based in Switzerland, Tech4Eva is open to start-ups and innovators from anywhere and international participants are welcome. The program is looking for innovative solutions addressing any
female health area, including pregnancy, fertility, menstruation, menopause, mental health, family planning, breast cancer, cervical cancer, etc. The solutions themselves can be wide-ranging, including apps, exchange platforms, drugs or preventive medicine, and diagnostic tools or therapeutic devices supported by artificial intelligence (AI). The program also invites innovators and corporate innovation teams with early-stage ideas to apply for opportunities to receive tailored entrepreneurship training and support in getting their solutions to market.
The first 9-month cohort of Tech4Eva will kick-off in April 2021. 15 high potential start-ups will be selected to participate and will benefit from specialized workshops, personalized mentorship, a series of roadshows in Switzerland, Japan, the UK and the U.S. and investor meetings. The start-ups will also be introduced to leading healthcare companies.
“Unfortunately, women’s issues are all too often overlooked when developing health-related technology solutions”, said Thomas Boyer, CEO of Groupe Mutuel. “This partnership aims to fill this gap in Switzerland.”