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Australia’s leading health tech accelerator program, now in its third year

HCF Catalyst Themes

HCF has identified specific areas to develop, grow and offer to its members and the broader Australian community. The themes have been developed incorporating these key areas of focus, HCF’s corporate objectives and current health tech trends.

In order to participate, your idea application should address one or more of these themes.

MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE

Ageing, chronic disease and the cost of new technology is driving up the cost of health.

Challenge:
Can you help to decrease health care costs or provide better value access to health services?

MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE UNDERSTANDABLE

Data and knowledge is crucial in health care.

Challenge:
Can you empower consumers and health care providers with insight so they can make better decisions?

DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE

Technology is continually improving standards of care.

Challenge:
Can you improve the quality of health care delivery and ultimately people’s health?

MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE CUSTOMER CENTRIC

Today’s consumer expects high levels of service and user experience.

Challenge:
Are you helping to bring a more consumer focused, personalised and convenient approach to health care?

SUPPORTING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN OUR BUSINESS

Private health insurance is a complex industry that needs to continually improve and innovate its operations to meet the needs of customers.

Challenge:
Can you help us improve the functions, systems or processes that underpin our core business?

Collaboration with HCF Catalyst will change people’s lives

AUSTRALIAN BRAND

Collaborate with Australia’s leading not-for-profit health fund. HCF have been putting Australians’ health first for more than 80 years where profits go back into creating better products and services.

INVESTMENT

Selected Startup participants can receive up to $150,000 in funding. Gain potential additional investment from HCF, the Slingshot Venture Fund and our investment partners.

ACCELERATE

Work with the HCF Catalyst and Slingshot team, industry experts and mentors. Be selected to participate in a structured 12-week course, led by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

COMMERCIALISE THROUGH INSIGHTS

With 1.5 million members in Australia, last year HCF paid out over $2.1b for members' hospital and extras claims in FY2016. Work alongside HCF and gain insights into their business and members.

ADDITIONAL VALUE

Selected participants gain additional value at over $500,000 from our program partners.

SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

Gain access, advice and support from Slingshot's growing community of alumni, mentors and partners.

Application Criteria

HCF Catalyst is open to both early stage Startups and later stage businesses (Scaleups).

STARTUPS

  • Aligned to themes
  • Rockstar team
  • Ability to deliver MVP in 3 months
  • Natural aspirations
  • 0-36 months old business
More on the Startup Program

SCALEUPS

  • Aligned to themes
  • Rockstar team
  • Have a product in market
  • Seeking to scale quickly
  • 3-year-old business since launch
More on the Scaleup Program

Participant Journey

Applications Open
24 October 2017

Register for the Live Facebook Chat and Podcast

Applications Close
24 November 2017

Tell us why your business and team should be considered for HCF Catalyst

Pitch Days
4-5 December 2017

If successful, pitch to the HCF Catalyst and Slingshot team

12 week program begins
6 February 2018

The 12-week Startup and Scaleup program begins

Demo Day
17 May 2018

Stand up and pitch to HCF executives, stakeholders and potential investors

Incubate
May-July 2018

Select teams will receive an additional three months of support from HCF Catalyst

HCF Catalyst Events

We encourage you to meet the HCF Catalyst team and learn more about the program to gain valuable insights if you are considering applying.

Live Facebook Chat with HCF CEO Sheena Jack and the Slingshot team
6pm Tuesday 31 October
‘Startup meet Corporate’ Podcast with HCF CEO Sheena Jack
10.30am Monday 13 November
Interested in attending the HCF Catalyst Demo Day?
5.30pm Thursday 17 May 2018

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