Almirall launches the accelerator Digital Garden to drive digital innovation in dermatology
- The Digital Garden, powered by Almirall, will allow startups focused on developing innovative technology-based services and solutions to play a relevant role in tackling dermatology challenges
- Five start-ups have been chosen for the first cohort of this 9-month acceleration program to be based in the Barcelona Health Hub
- The Digital Garden will provide them with funding of up to €50,000 and mentoring from Almirall experts, as well as partnership opportunities, among others
Almirall, S.A. (ALM) today announced the launch of the Digital Garden, a dermatology digital health accelerator focused on developing innovative technology-based services and solutions to accelerate their go-to-market plans and tackling some of the dermatology challenges today and in the future. The selection of the first cohort of the Digital Garden has been selected in a pitch event held at the Frontiers Health annual event in Berlin.
In October, Almirall announced the launch of a first call for innovation to start-ups focused on digital innovations in medical dermatology. Since then more than 40 start-ups have shown interest to join the program via almiralldigitalgarden.com. Almirall preselected eight of them from among the many applicants to present their business model to an expert investor jury. The five winning projects will join a nine-month accelerator program starting in January at the Barcelona Health Hub.
In addition, the Digital Garden, powered by Almirall will also provide mentoring from top healthcare experts from Almirall and the potential to collaborate on actual projects within the company. The acceleration program includes the opportunity to leverage leading hospitals in Barcelona as a test bed for digital pilots, with potential access to HCPs and patients. The Digital Garden is not requiring an equity component from the start-ups, but rather will be finding up to € 50.000 based on milestones agreed between Almirall and the start-ups.
Our commitment to innovation goes beyond our investment in solutions for medical dermatology, we are convinced that building a future in collaboration with digital health leaders is one of the best ways to address the needs of our patients. We are so pleased to launch the Digital Garden and demonstrate what digital innovation can bring to medical dermatology, explained Francesca Wuttke, Almirall’s Chief Digital Officer.