Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Building Tomorrow Together – Innovation in Dementia?
Building Tomorrow Together, an initiative by Roche, is looking for Digital Health solutions for Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The program brings together several key players in the health ecosystem in Portugal and around the world with start-ups and innovators from all geographies.
Besides connecting the ecosystem, the aim is to create the needed awareness for dementia, in particular Alzheimer’s, establishing the dialogue and addressing the needs of this community, solving its challenges.
2. In which stage should startups be in order to apply?
We’re looking for startups that have at least an MVP, ready to PoC. The startup could be without clients, but not in an ideation phase. Moreover, we’re looking preferably for startups that have a B2B or B2B2C model in place.
3. In what language will the program be conducted?
English will be the official language as we are looking for solutions worldwide. However, the program’s official sponsor is Roche Portugal, and counts with the participation of other Portuguese Healthcare providers.
4. Where will the program take place?
Building Tomorrow Together – Innovation in Dementia will have both online and physical/Hybrid presence, which will be communicated in advance.
5. Who needs to attend?
For the Online Pitch, one person will be required to pitch the startup and solution. It is important to have a team member that can address all questions from the jury members of the partners.
For the Bootcamp, we advise at least two team members of your startup, one business-oriented and another more tech-oriented to be able to cover all types of conversations in the 1-on-1 sessions with the partners.
6. Do you take equity of the participating startups?
Building Tomorrow Together – Innovation in Dementia is an implementation-focused program that has the purpose of fostering collaboration between startups and corporates, therefore no equity is taken nor there’s any monetary prize involved.
7. Will you be investing in startups?
The program is not investment-focused, it focuses on implementing startups solutions.
8. If my startup is selected, what are the next steps?
If your startup is pre-selected after the online applications (F6S), you’ll be invited to the Online Pitch. Afterwards, the selected startups will be invited to take part in the Bootcamp and the startups with the best fit with the partners will move forward to the Implementation Phase.
9. What are the selection criteria?
The selection process will be managed by Beta-i and a jury from the partners. A team of evaluators will be focusing on your product, team, market, business model, fit with each partner and will even be counting on their gut feeling and experience from previous Open Innovation programs.
10. What does my Startup have to gain specifically from this program?
- Access to the principal Healthcare providers in Portugal.
- Fast forward business bootcamp opportunities with relevant partners.
- Opportunity to scale and test the product using real data in a live environment.
- Networking and partnerships with startups selected for the Bootcamp.
- Feedback and mentorship from experts on healthcare businesses
11. Can I apply with more than one startup?
Yes, definitely. You can apply with as many projects you believe would fit and benefit with the program. Each startup will require its own application.
12. Is there a budget set aside for the solution implementation?
The budget for the implementation project is a process of negotiation between the startup and the partner(s) that should start during the Bootcamp. There are grants set aside for the implementation projects however their applications depend on the specific case of each project.