UK Israel Tech Hub Launches New Health Accelerator Matching Israeli Startups with NHS
February 12, 2018 | The UK Israel Tech Hub, based at the British Embassy in Israel, announced the launch of the UK Israel Dangoor Health Initiative, a new accelerator aimed at connecting Israeli startups in the digital health field with the UK National Health Service (NHS). The British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, will be hosting an event on Monday to launch the program. The accelerator will select at least two early-stage digital health startups each semester and provide them with the guidance and tools to navigate the UK’s health system. It is backed by British-Jewish philanthropist David Dangoor, son of Sir Naim Dangoor, and is named after the family. Dangoor told the British daily Jewish News this week, “we are absolutely at the threshold of a healthcare revolution and I’m hoping that Israel and the UK will be at the forefront of that, hand-in-hand.” The UK Israel Tech Hub is working on the program together with the IBM Alpha Zone accelerator, which will prepare and deliver those startups through their 20-week deep immersion program, and DigitalHealth.London, a program aimed to speed up development and digital innovations across healthcare and adopted by the NHS. Israeli digital health startups will be chosen by the IBM accelerator and DigitalHealth.London. The program will run for four semesters over two years.