Indian Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) programme
India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has launched an accelerator programme specifically for the digital health sector called the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms ( C-CAMP ) that is called the Indian Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA).
Successful healthtech startups developing scalable healthcare solutions through will be singled out, funded, and given priority access to the programme’s fast-tracked development process. Several national and international stakeholders, both public and private, are involved in C-CAMP, India’s premier hub for life sciences technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, to foster new health tech innovations. The overarching goal of the accelerator programme is to increase the accessibility, affordability, and quality of healthcare delivery in India and other low-and middle-income countries worldwide.
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, C-CAMP’s Director, made the following remarks at the online launch: “Digital healthcare for a country like India is not merely an advancement but a necessity. The Indian Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) programme will support the development of digital solutions for screening, monitoring, and telehealth to expedite diagnosis, enhance patient surveillance, and boost healthcare delivery for large populations in India and beyond. It will also be used as a model for future international ecosystem partnerships that promote cutting-edge deeptech all over the world.
The launch’s special guest, Dr. Ajai Garg, Scientist ‘F’ and Senior Director, Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), made the following remarks: “Sustainable solutions addressing problems that require frugality, scale, and cost-effectiveness are the foundation of India’s digitalization story. Because of this, they are applicable not only in India but everywhere. In order to help India’s digital tech innovators grow on a global scale, MeitY is proud to back IDHA, which represents the joining of two of the world’s top three startup ecosystems.
Investment in the pre-acceleration phase will come from MeitY Start-up Hub (MSH), via the SAMRIDH scheme of MeitY, and DigiLife Angel Fund, US. The project’s technology partner will be the Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (IoT) at NASSCOM. The project’s knowledge partners will be the Center for Digital Health at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and PATH, an international non-profit in global health.
What does IDHA offer?
The Indian Digital Health Acceleration Programme, like all other schemes of the government, has been launched to achieve a certain set of goals, and to achieve those goals, it has a detailed list of aid provided to the selected candidates. The principal IDHA offerings are:
- Pre-acceleration seed capital, that can go up to Rs. 1 crore for each startup.
- Six months of 360-degree development with individualised one-on-one support.
- Use C-CAMP’s knowledge and global network to focus on growing your business, going global, and raising money.
- Opportunity to receive mentoring from the accelerator’s strategic investors and partners.
- A platform for showcasing technologies and funding opportunities post-acceleration.
How do you check the eligibility of your start-up or technology-driven business?
In order to avail the benefits of this programme, there are a certain set of requirements that need to be met. And they are as follows:
- The startup should focus on developing innovative technologies and should be product-driven (not services-oriented).
- The technology should be novel and have an existing IP or the potential to generate an IP.
- The technology must satisfy an unmet requirement and have an effect.
- Startups should have a team that is competent in both technical and business aspects.
- The technology should have an effective commercialization strategy and market roadmap.
- Startups should have a firm grasp of the end-user or customer, the policy environment, and the size of the market.
- The startup should have a solid business plan and vision for the company.
- The startup must be willing to share equity with investors.
The digitalization of India’s healthcare will undoubtedly optimise the practice of doctors and enhance doctor-patient relationships. Apart from the obvious benefits to the stakeholders and the technological advancement of the healthcare system, the members of the India ecosystem can also benefit from this. We at Egniol (The best Startup consultants in India) not only assist you with applying for the accelerator, but we also assist you with looking and applying for several other government schemes that benefit you.