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Acceleration Programme for HealthTech & Wellness start-ups

Apply now. Participation is free. 

Deadline: June 29, 2018!

NN Hellas and Orange Grove are joining forces to support entrepreneurship in Greece in the HealthTech, Prevention and Wellness sector, in a programmeme that is taking place in Greece for the first time.
Are you a fully committed, early stage HealthTech, Prevention or Wellness team or start-up ready to lift off and grow in an international market?
Then apply today for a chance to get the best national and international business & technical support your start-up needs, with top experts in the field, through a free 3-month acceleration programmeme!

Our Acceleration Programme

Start-ups or teams that will be selected to join the HealthTech, Prevention and Wellness Acceleration Programme will be offered the unique opportunity to:

  • Receive intensive training and support from some of the best validation and start-up growth experts in the Netherlands, provided by IdeaHackers, Orange Grove, NN Hellas & NN Group.
  • Work on the validation of their idea.
  • Enter multiple new networks in the programme, through the Embassy of the Netherlands, NN Hellas & NN Group, IdeaHackers and the established start-up ecosystem of Orange Grove.
  • Work closely with NN Hellas during the programme. NN Hellas is looking to support innovation and new technologies.

The programme is offered for free to the teams or start-ups that will be selected. If you are a team or start-up in the above sectors the world should know about, complete the application form.

Who is it for?

NN Hellas & Orange Grove support of teams or start-ups that provide solutions, which aim at better health, prevention and general wellbeing for all.
NN Hellas & Orange Grove will select the best and most positive innovations out there. Teams or start-ups will be selected based on the composition of the team, the viability of the idea and the level of innovation. A complete coaching programme will be offered to the selected teams, powered by Idea Hackers.

Why should I participate at the HealthTech & Wellness Programme?

NN Hellas and Orange Grove have had the inspiration for the creation of a new programme together, powered by IdeaHackers, which will be realised in Greece for the first time. You’ll meet high-level local and international coaches & mentors, new partners, exposure to media and access to an extensive network. You will also meet other start-ups, working in the same field, experiencing the same challenges and helping each other with solutions. All this will take place in your first open-plan workspace at the Orange Grove premises.
After the programme you will have received solid support through our expertise and technical know-how.
We will have exposed your ideas to potentially interested stakeholders.
And, you will meet your first potential investors, who might be interested in investing in your start-up.
The programme is equity free.

What is Orange Grove?

Orange Grove is an international incubator for start-ups and a community for young entrepreneurs in Greece. It is a renowned initiative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Athens, and is financially supported by Dutch-Greek businesses and grant-making foundations active in Greece.
Their vision is to empower start-uppers to contribute to economic growth and social cohesion, and to strengthen entrepreneurial culture in Greece. For more information visit:

NN Hellas

NN Hellas is the No 1 multinational life insurance company in the Greek market which has been operating out of its Head Offices in Athens since 1982. NN Hellas is part of NN Group, with a history stretching back more than 170 years and strong presence in Europe and Asia.
In Greece, NN Hellas offers to its customers innovative life and health insurance programmemes, combined with savings and group insurance solutions.
ΝΝ Hellas operates throughout the whole of Greece through a strong Agent Network and offers Bancassurance products in co-operation with Piraeus Bank. NN Hellas also offers alternative points of access for its products through the digital platform of NN Direct Health and NN Hellas Messitiki for non-life insurance needs.
NN Hellas’ corporate governance is based on three core values “Care, Clear, Commit” and its vision is to become the best-in-class insurance company in Greece. NN Hellas also supports in practice the society, which it operates in, by implementing an integrated Corporate Social Responsibility programmeme and supporting vulnerable groups of the population.
Since 2014 NN Hellas has been awarded every year as the “Best Life Insurance Company in Greece” by the internationally acclaimed magazine World Finance.
NN Hellas recently announced that they are Gold Sponsors of the Hellenic Olympic Team for a three-year-period 2018-2020. NN Hellas is the only insurance company in Greece to participate as a sponsor of the Greek Team.
For more information visit:

What is IdeaHackers?

IdeaHackers is a Dutch organisation that supports innovation with hands-on learning programmes and a large community of professionals that help each other to succeed. They have designed and organised trainings for accelerators, start-ups and multinationals, helping entrepreneurs and corporate innovators turn their ideas into viable business. Through our IdeaHackers Network we connect highly skilled professionals, start-ups and solo entrepreneurs from The Netherlands and abroad with interesting opportunities to ensure innovation happens. For more information visit:

What is an innovative start-up?

A start-up is a new business formed to search and implement a repeatable and scalable business model around a product, service, process or a platform, in order to meet a marketable need.
The goal of the early business model of the start-up can be revenue, or profits, or users, or click-throughs – whatever you and your investors have agreed upon.

How do I apply?

If you are ready to move forward your idea or start-up then submit your application here.
Fill in your application carefully. Only complete applications, in English,  will be taken into consideration. The more precise information you give, the better your chances. And the earlier you apply, the better!
The selection will take place though a selection form in the first round and an interview (in English!) in the second round.
The deadline for applications is June 29, 2018.

How are start-ups selected?

This is based on pre-defined criteria including the product, traction, market potential and team evaluation, as well as the fit for the programme. We’re continuously screening applications and evaluate them in collaboration with our key partners. The programme is entirely in English – the pitches during the demo day will also be in English, so a good knowledge of the language is a prerequisite.

When will I know if I’m selected?

We’ll get in touch with you by August 14, 2018.

What happens if I am selected?

You can participate to the programme for free. The programme will be held in two phases:

Phase 1:

3-week intensive validation programme by IdeaHackers. You will put your start-up to the test and make sure you have a solid business case.

  • September 24-28, 2018
  • October 8-12, 2018
  • October 15-19, 2018

Preferably, the whole team will be available full time during these three weeks.

Phase 2:

After the 3 week full-time programme all start-ups will get continued support by Orange Grove and NN Hellas until Demo Day on December 11th. During this phase you will focus on developing your technology and giving value to your first customers. Phase 2 takes place from October 2nd - December 11th.

Other important dates you need to be available for:
3rd & 4th week of July Selection Interviews
10 September 2018 Introduction day
11 December 2018 Demo day
The programme will take place in Athens, at Orange Grove.

What is a demo day?

At the end of the programme the selected teams or start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch for an audience composed of international investors, VCs, the start-up community and corporates. A jury will select the best 3 start-ups. During such events start-ups are often discovered by investors, find their first client through the corporates and/or receive extensive press coverage.


Should you need more information or assistance regarding the above call or application process, you can contact Ms Sibel Kurt at Orange Grove (, +30 211 4082552/8).


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