DayOne accelerator supports digital health innovation

Call for projects now closed

Thank you to the over 120+ applications to the DayOne Accelerator. We had more than twice as many as last year. A shortlist was selected and they pitched at the DayOne Conference and are currently preparing their final applications for final selection at the end of October. The main program will start in January 2020.

If you have a great project in the healthcare innovation space now we would love to hear from you and can help with connections to the ecosystem and venture assessment. To start this process and to register to stay informed about the next accelerator please apply below.




Upcoming Key Dates for 2019 DayOne Accelerator:

Notification to the 15 projects selected to the initial phase  Early August 2019
Working sessions at DayOne Conference for selected projects  September 9th 2019 
Notification to the four ventures selected to the second phase  Late October 2019
Six-month Acceleration program in Basel   January – June 2020


About the program

DayOne, the Swiss innovation hub for precision medicine and digital health managed by, has launched its second acceleration run to support ventures targeting the improvement of the wellbeing and health of children and young people.

We seek brilliant ventures, healthcare innovators, start-ups as well as intrapreneurs that combine digital technologies, healthcare expertise and entrepreneurial spirit. Companies from low and middle-income countries are also welcome.

Selected projects will receive up to 50,000 CHF in non-dilutive funding, access to one of the leading healthcare innovation ecosystems, tailored coaching, customer contact and collaborative lab space in Basel, Switzerland.

The accelerator program in detail

The acceleration program consists of two phases.

1.    Initial phase – Idea development and presentation at DayOne conference

The initial phase offers a chance to submit and develop your idea and make connections with the Basel Area ecosystem. Once chosen, get ready to pitch with two preparation webinars with the DayOne Accelerator team and then connect with hundreds stakeholders at the DayOne conference in Basel, Switzerland.

2.    Second phase – six-month acceleration program in Basel

Four ventures selected for the second phase will receive up to 50,000 CHF in non-dilutive funding, guided access to patients, experts, healthcare practitioners and other stakeholders in the local ecosystem, tailored coaching, a chance to test their idea with real customers and free access to a collaborative lab space.

Selection process

Ventures will be selected based on their ability to make an impact on problems affecting children and young people and which strive to: 

  • go beyond research and create viable healthcare products and services that make appropriate use of digital technologies (Mobile Apps, AI, Blockchain etc.)
  • lower  healthcare costs and be scalable, therefore making their solution suitable for all markets including low and middle income countries
  • embrace a human centric approach and show an understanding of diversity in team formation.

We are looking for ventures that solve problems across a broad range of areas including diagnosis, treatments and prevention as well as patient and carer communication and other innovations which support healthcare workers.

In collaboration with clinicians from the University Children’s Hospital Basel UKBB and experts from the Basel Area Healthcare Innovation ecosystem, the DayOne team will carry out the selection.


Relevant links

Recording of Webinar for applicants

Presentation from webinar


Application manual

Conditions of Application for the DayOne Acceleration Program​

Privacy Policy

DayOne Conference – where you might present your project

DayOne Collaborative space

Additional Questions? Please contact us


Information about the current program

Meet the first DayOne Accelerator cohort in an interview

Kick off material – how to pitch


Thanks to our Partners

We thank Fondation Botnar for their continued and valuable support of the accelerator program. Further, we are thankful to have the University Children’s Hospital of Basel UKBB as our knowledge partner supporting this call.

Delivery Partners

Accelerator Updates

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