Next week Monday, August 24th, is a big day for Vertical – the first batch of Vertical accelerator starts our acceleration program. Vertical is an accelerator program focused on growth and scalability with design & user experience, distribution & customer acquisition.

The founders of Vertical come from a strong startup background. During the last three years, the founders have helped over 250 startup companies in the field of health and wellness to develop their operations, by facilitating connections to investors, media and industry professionals. Couple of Vertical founders also built and ran the AppCampus accelerator where they funded over 300 companies.

We can’t wait to announce the selected startups! We’re sure that the batch is going to set a new milestone for the healthcare scene in Finland and in the Nordics. Early February this year we announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics, the largest manufacturer of consumer electronics in the world. In May we announced that Sonera had joined the partner cohort, followed by many more partners. The wide array of partners working with us shows that the healthtech and wellness business is not anymore only in the interests of the narrow pharmaceutical and medical industries, but that it appeals to a wide range of companies.

Our partners see great potential in the newly selected batch. As vascular surgeon and consultant, MD, PhD Karoliina Halmesmäki from the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa Region said: “Digitalization, health technology, and new service concepts made possible by them offer huge opportunities for healthcare industry.”

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Last months have been a blast for our team. We’ve been designing the program, but also had some hands-on projects building the space: installing new floors, building planters and painting walls, installing screens and electronics – transforming the old restaurant building into a co-working space of this century.

We have many more interesting news for you to come in the near future, so stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear about our Fall Program, and shoot us a tweet at @VerticalVC. To see cool pics be sure to follow @VerticalAccelerator on Instagram!