Big players lean in: Things are looking up for Digital Health Startups

Big players lean in: Things are looking up for Digital Health Startups


Boehringer Ingelheim enters partnership with Startupbootcamp to identify and engage with the most promising Digital Health startups

Every industry has a turning point, a key indicator that the gates are finally opening. One great indicator is when not only the mature, but the saplings of ideas get nurtured.

At Startupbootcamp, the indicators are stronger than ever for the Digital Health sector. We already have support of key players in the industry, we are proud that Boehringer Ingelheim recently announced the partnership with our Digital Health Berlin program.

The research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has set the goal of fully tapping its digital potential. For this purpose, the company has already launched a number of its own initiatives. Increasingly, however, Boehringer Ingelheim also relies on cooperation with external partners.  This partnership will primarily focus on identifying and cooperating with e-health startups.

“We are always looking for innovative digital ideas that we can use to help patients all over the world even better than we do now,” explains Jasmin Saric, Head of Digital Ideation and Scouting at Boehringer Ingelheim’s BI X digital laboratory. “This new collaboration introduces us to young companies at an early stage. Together, we can explore whether it makes sense for us to cooperate and what that might actually look like.”

These industry partnerships allow founders to step out of their entrepreneurial setting and learn how to work with big players, navigate the complex corporate structure, and learn what it takes to close pilots and projects, all in a collaborative and patient setting. Several other Healthcare companies partner with Startupbootcamp Digital Health as well, such as  Sanofi in Germany, Berlin Institute of Health, Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank, Vilua, Munich Re and legal support via Dentons. Startups gain immense value by plugging into our expertise, exposure channels, APIs and unparalleled access to our deep digital health network of industry professionals from around the world. That, along with support of 150+ industry mentors make the program a solid launchpad for fast-growth early stage startups.

“We have already established ourselves as the serious Digital Health accelerator in Europe and the new partnership with Boehringer-Ingelheim, as a top-20 Global pharma company clearly on a mission to engage with their customers, further strengthen the partner group and give us even more possibilities to take early startups to a completely new level.” shares Lars Buch, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Digital Health Berlin.


Applications are open for 2018 Digital Health Berlin program. For more information, click here.