BIH Digital Health Accelerator Program

The next call starts late February 2020, for updates please check the call website.

Call & Application

There are currently no calls for proposals for this program.

Program Overview

The objective of the Digital Health Accelerator is to provide end-to-end, hands-on support to innovators at BIH, Charité and MDC in translating research results and discoveries in the area of digital health into medical applications to improve patient outcomes and optimize healthcare costs.

The program is structured into 2 stages:

Stage 1: Rapid Prototype Development

Phase 1: Selection process (written application, project deep dive, pitch day)

Phase 2: Program set-up (administration/logistics)

Phase 3: Preparatory courses, core acceleration phase of stage 1

Demo Day: Presentation event with politicians, life science/healthcare industry, investors, and other key innovation ecosystem partners.

Stage 2: Product/Start-up Development up to Launch

Phase 1: Program structure and timeline are project-specific (e.g., product and business model development, clinical validation, certification, funding acquisition, preparation of license/industry cooperation/start-up formation)

Program Completion: Reach of milestone agreement-based project objectives, or project termination, or license/industry cooperation/start-up formation.


  • Flexible Funding:
    We believe in the principle of “Smart Money”, i.e., flexible financial support to account for each project’s specific priority needs at the time of the program. Funding can be used towards material costs incl. service providers, investment costs, and personnel costs (Sachkosten inkl. Dienstleistungen, Investitions- und Personalkosten). Each team can receive funding and services amounting up to a six-digit amount in program stage 1. For program stage 2, additional, project-specific funding and services are provided.

  • "Protected Time" for Participants with Clinic Obligations:
    To help ensure sufficient time to work on your innovation, and as applicable, the program offers “protected time” of up to 50 percent for up to two key team members during the stage 1 core acceleration phase (August-November 2019).

  • Expert Mentoring:
    Teams in the program will have free access to general and individual sessions specific to their needs by internal and external mentors, e.g., industry experts, product developers, coders, designers, market researchers, legal and regulatory experts, financial experts, and communication professionals for pitch training.

  • Free Co-working Space at BIH:
    Program location is the BIH head office at Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin, centrally located near Hackescher Markt. Join this innovation community for seamless access to coaches and mentors, benefit from synergies with fellow teams, and get in touch with alumni of last years’ programs for guidance.