Search for the best technology start-ups in intestinal health in progress
Recognizing the increased emphasis on gut health in the wellness space, Founders’ factory launched a call to find the best gut health tech start-ups in EMEA.
The best gut health start-ups selected as part of the Future Leaders of Gut Health initiative, which will run until February 15, have the opportunity to offer up to $ 250,000 in investment. They will also benefit from mentorship, operational support and industry networking opportunities from Founders Factory and the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
To apply, start-ups must be located in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, be in the pre-seed / investment seed stage – with a service or product directly aimed at the consumer or focused on the consumer. Additionally, solutions must have some validation from early adopters, be scientifically and technologically sound – and with a working MVP or prototype.
The panel to which start-ups will pitch includes:
- Dr Fiona Pathirajaas is the founder and managing partner of London-based health technology investment fund Crilla Galli Ventures, which focuses on pan-European upstream and Series A health technologies.
- Marguerite Longo is the Global Sales Manager for Johnson & Johnson’s Future of Self-Care division. Passionate about improving access to healthcare, Marguerite has spent the past 13 years specializing in numerous J&J brands, including Aveeno and Zyrtec.
- Brent Hoberman is a UK-based tech veteran who co-founded Made.com in 2010, which went public this year with a valuation of $ 1.1 billion, and lastminute.com in 1998, where he was CEO since its inception and sold it in 2005 to Saber for $ 1.1 billion.
- Henry Lane Fox is co-founder and CEO of Founders Factory. Previously, Henry was CEO of Founders Forum Group where he co-founded Founders Intelligence, Smartup.io and Grip. Henry remains a partner of Founders Forum, sits on the board of directors of Founders Intelligence and is a partner of firstminute capital.
The call for gut health start-ups comes as recent statistics show that the global digestive health market is expected to reach nearly $ 72 billion by 2027. Therefore, with the aim of finding and training them Future leaders in gut health, Founders Factory is calling on pre / seed start-ups to apply.
The accelerator is particularly interested in those who work on the link between gut health and: general well-being (mental health, sleep, mental acuity and immunity); treatments (women’s intestinal health and treatments for specific disorders such as IBS); prevention of problematic outbreaks & personalized prevention. Founders Factory is also looking to invest in start-ups working on diagnostics (microbiome diagnosis & hydrogen breathing tests) and care solutions (symptom monitoring, digital advice & digital lifestyle support).
Isabella Chick, Director of Strategy at Founders Factory, said: “As a long-time investor and accelerator in health and wellness, we know there is an exciting opportunity for technology solutions. to transform the gut health market. We seek to find and train future leaders in gut health who want to make a real difference in solutions for the prevention, diagnosis and care of ill health.
“As such, we are calling on the best gut health tech start-ups across EMEA to apply for their chance to not only initiate an investment of up to $ 250,000, but also to benefit from a operational support and networking opportunities. “
Shortlisted start-ups will be selected to pitch in front of experts by February 23, with investments announced in March.