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Applications close 31st October - Apply Today

Nova Health Tech Startup Programme

Mentorship, investment and full business team to build and grow your startup.


What to expect

  1. Firstly we mentor

    Founders receive mentoring through our online 'leanstack' programme. You will prove the validity of the problem, find users and develop a business plan to pitch to our investors.

  2. Secondly we explore

    We explore whether we are delivering desirable, feasible and viable solutions for the problem, through prototyping and real user feedback collected by the founder.

  3. Thirdly we validate

    Using continual feedback we evolve the prototype into a commercial product and work with the founder to validate a viable business plan and prove company growth.

  4. Finally we grow and scale

    Now we have the fundamentals of a startup and a proven business model our focus shifts to growing and then scaling the company.

What we offer

What we're
looking for

"Ambitious founders and teams at the pre-seed stage. Including solo-founders with just an idea; small teams with a prototype or MVP; or teams and established companies that are pre-significant funding or traction.

We're looking for people who are passionate about the problem they're trying to solve. We can then work alongside them, through our proven process, to accelerate their development into successful tech startups."

Andy Davidson




How much time will I have to commit?

As with anything the more time you can put in the programme the better progress you will make. The very minimum we recommend is a commitment of 6hrs / week (2hrs / week for the webinar content, plus 4hrs for completing the leanstack outputs and activities).

Is there any charge to join the programme?

No, the programme is completely free to join and participate in. At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to pitch to our investment panel, if successful the investment received would be in exchange for equity. However this is completely optional, there is no contractual agreement to accept this and it is not a prerequisite to join.

Can I complete this around work commitments?

Yes the programme has been designed specifically for ‘working entrepreneurs’ to fit around your existing commitments. The webinars and group sessions are scheduled in the evenings and the leanstack content and activities can be consumed and completed in your own time whenever is convenient.

What are the key dates throughout the programme?

Applications are open now until the 31st October. If successful in being accepted onto the programme it will run as follows;

  • Session 1: 3/11/21 6-7pm GMT - Welcome & Leanstack Introduction
  • Session 2: 10/11/21 6-7:30pm GMT - Forming Problem Questions
  • Session 3: 17/11/21 6-7:30pm GMT - Forming Solution Questions
  • Session 4: 24/11/21 - Marketing
  • Session 5: 1/12/21 - How to Craft a Pitch Deck
  • Session 6: 8/12/21 - Pitch Practice
  • Christmas Break - (staff still available for mentorship calls to 22/12 and from 4/1/22)
  • Demo Day - 12/1/22 - Time TBC
  • Decisions & Feedback w/c 17/1/22

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to book in for 1-2-1 mentorship and advice from experienced health and startup industry experts.

Start your startup journey with Nova by applying for our Health Tech Startup Programme