Applications open for the Digital Health program, as Akshat Kshetrapal comes on board

It’s that time of year again when we open applications for one of our most exciting and impactful acceleration programs—Digital Health, located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In the third edition of the program, we’re looking for entrepreneurs with passion, vision, and skills necessary to change healthcare for the better.

In order to provide even more support and expertise for the startups, we’re happy to welcome a new Startup Program Director, Akshat Kshetrapal, who will run the accelerator together with Casper Smeets. Akshat started his career as an entrepreneur building one of India’s first carbon finance advisory companies. Over the last eight years, he has invested more than €400 million in Asia, Europe, and North America, with a focus on healthcare.

“I’m very enthusiastic about making healthcare more transparent and far more affordable for an average customer than we currently have it,” Akshat said. “In particular, we’re going to look at fixing inefficiencies in the way hospitals work today, improving chronic disease management solutions, and using AI to streamline the decision-making process for doctors.

Having six years of experience in the healthcare industry, Akshat is set on making it easier the whole ecosystem to adopt the new and sometimes disruptive solutions to the old issues.

“The Netherlands is a great place for healthcare innovation,” he said. “In my opinion, the Dutch healthcare system, although not without its own issues, is far more efficient than the rest of Europe, but also much more open for innovation. But innovation cannot come from incumbents, it must come from the outside. However, in healthcare the incumbents still control how the new technology is adopted. That’s where we come in as intermediaries.”

Within the next few weeks you can expect an announcement of online office hours with Akshat and Casper, where you’ll be able to ask any questions about it.

Stay tuned!

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