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Australia’s leading health tech accelerator program

HCF Catalyst themes

HCF have identified specific areas of their business that they want to develop, grow and offer to their members and the broader Australian community. The themes have been developed incorporating those 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 but surprise us if there is something we have not thought about.

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 over 1.5 million members in Australia, work alongside HCF and gain insights into their business and membership.

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

  • Pre-seed and Seed stage
  • Exceptional founder(s)
  • Ability to deliver MVP in 3 months
  • National aspirations
  • Unique insights to solve a big problem
More on the Startup Program

SCALEUPS

  • Late seed and Series A+
  • Exceptional team
  • Differenciated product with market fit
  • Seeking national partnership to scale
  • Demonstatable traction
More on the Scaleup Program

Participant Journey

Applications Open
23 October 2018

Register for the Live Facebook Chat

Applications Close
23 November 2018

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

Pitch Days
10-11 December 2018

If successful, pitch to the HCF Catalyst and Slingshot team

12 week program begins
4 February 2019

The 12-week Startup and Scaleup program begins

Demo Day
30 April 2019

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

Incubate
May-July 2019

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 executives, alumni and the Slingshot team
6pm Tuesday 13 November
Interested in attending the HCF Catalyst Demo Day? Register to secure your free seat today
5.30pm Tuesday 30 April 2019

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