We turn concepts into
meaningful viable products


People are at the center of everything

We combine deep design skills with wide industry understanding across all disciplines of the Health and Digital spaces.
More than MVP’s, at Vertical accelerator we help turn concepts into minimum meaningful products fit for market, appealing to customers and delightful to users.

At Vertical our goal is to get you to another pace of development, to help you find who the user is, to develop the product and find the right go-to-market channels. This usually means getting you to the point where you have a product impressive enough to secure your first paid customers and can start to scale your business.


4 months acceleration program

Our four month program will ignite your digital health, wellness and sport startup.

The program is focused on growth and scalability, with design & user experience, distribution & customer acquisition, and lean startup practices and metrics. In short, we help you build and validate your product and find distribution partners for growth.

We hand-picked an international team of over 200 mentors including brand and communication designs specialists, marketing & operations executives, medical experts, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors. They’ll provide your team day-to-day mentoring and the best network out there.


6 months co-working space

As a Vertical startup you get to work at our co-working space in the Otaniemi campus area, the center of innovation and new tech of Finland. The co-working space offers your team modern working facilities, professional-grade kitchen, and a buzzing digital health community.

We organize interesting and international healthtech events monthly, and have international investors and guests in the space almost every day.


Industry leading partners

With our industry leading partner companies we offer startups direct access to industry insight, cutting edge technology and global market outreach. You’ll get to build your product with our partners, work head to head with Samsung R&D people, and brainstorm with Sonera healthcare team.

Our partners are the best in their fields and share your interest to bring life changing products to the market. You will benefit from their international market knowledge and customer base, and receive invaluable coaching.

We love all digital startups, and this year we’re especially keen to find teams innovating in:

Remote healthcare and diagnostics
Remote healthcare and diagnostics
Self managed health & wellness
Self managed health & wellness
Occupational health solutions
Occupational health solutions
Psychology & Psychiatric care
Psychology & Psychiatric care

Our partners have special platforms and programs in these fields, and will be opening them for Vertical startups. These include Samsung S Health APIs & workshops and Sonera IoT platforms & testbeds.


Up to 150,000€ seed investment

At the end of the program we invest up to €150,000 in the most promising startups that participated in the Vertical program.

The acceleration program is free for you as a startup, but we withhold the right to a first right for refusal for making an investment into your company.


It takes only a few steps to ignite

Our ideal candidates are young, ambitious teams who have put passion into developing a product that will change people’s lives and health for the better. We seek to work together with entrepreneurs that have a proven concept requiring support to reach growth and scalability.

Check out the FAQ. and the Application form for more information on the criteria. If you like what you see and find yourself wondering whether you could be the next, go ahead and pitch your great product to us!

We are part of your team. We don’t advise, we work together. Together with our mentors and partner companies we work with you shoulder to shoulder each and every day to build successful stories.



We are people-centered, with an eye for disruptive innovations. We combine wide industry understanding with deep service experience and design skills.

We are an international team with varied market knowledge, language skills and networking to support your development whenever you need help with reaching new customers or collaborators.




We will brainstorm, plan, design, sell, and if needed start all over again with you – we share your passion to build companies.

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