Daring to imagine what’s next, to improve people’s lives


techcare is a Novartis startup program run in Lisbon in partnership with Deloitte Digital and Beta-i, with a one-week bootcamp with Novartis professionals and affiliated healthcare experts and the possibility of running a pilot with the best solutions to reimagine the future in the healthcare ecosystem

Who we are looking for

Product in working prototype or MVP

Product testing phase

Established founding teams

Do you have a solution for any of these challenges?

Early diagnosis and patient referral

Develop tools, solutions and devices to identify, diagnose and classify diseases in primary care settings – promote early diagnosis

Manage referral networks

Improve HCP education through immersive and virtual training

Patient activation and disease management

Develop tools, solutions and methods to improve patient disease awareness, patient activation and disease self management

Strengthen the communication and information sharing between healthcare professionals and patients to improve disease management and outcomes

Disease management for patients suffering from several chronic diseases

Improve information sharing / collaborative platforms

Optimize healthcare professional training

Value & outcomes

Develop tools (e.g. simulators) that are able to demonstrate the budget impact of Novartis’ products, and its potential clinical and economic return

Collaborative networks

Strengthen the relationship, communication and information sharing among healthcare professionals, patients and patient associations

Improve information and initiatives sharing between patient associations to amplify their role

Improve knowledge and experience sharing among physicians within therapeutic areas


Cloud health and mHealth

Healthcare Gamification

AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Machine learning

IoT – Devices and Wearables

Big data & Analytics

AR (Augmented Reality) & VR (Virtual Reality)

That respond to main needs in the following areas:

Heart Failure



Asthma & COPD

Multiple Sclerosis

Retinal Pathologies


Program Timeline



September 4 – October 15

techcare is a program giving you the opportunity to show your true potential across 2 main stages. It all starts with your online application and at each phase of the program we will assess the fit between the startups and the program in order to invite those that can clearly benefit the most from collaborating with Novartis. We’ll be looking at how solid the business model is, growth potential and scalability, the complementarity of skills within the team, how the product delivers value and how the Partners can provide value. The best 10 startups will move forward.



November 13 – 17

The Top 10 startups will be invited to join the one-week Bootcamp benefiting from learning about business model innovation, startups methodologies and tools, get the first product validation and define the value proposition.


Pitch Day

November 17

This is the day you showcase your solution to Novartis team for a chance to work alongside in a pilot.

Who is backing me up?


Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Novartis has leading positions globally in each of its divisions, with presence in 155 countries. Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. Our vision is to be a trusted leader in changing the practice of medicine. Novartis track record with startups: did you know that Novartis is the most active pharma investor with deals to 60 companies since 2014, most of which have gone through their venture arm Novartis Venture Funds? 1


Deloitte Digital

Deloitt­e Digital is an innovative leader in customer strategy, user experience design and digital service development. We provide the business acumen of the #1 global consultancy, deep technology expertise and the creative force of a digital agency. Our people combine these capabilities to reimagine our clients business vision and drive bo­om line results. Part Technology. Part Creative. 100% Digital.



Based in Lisbon, Beta-i is one of the main entrepreneurship and innovation organizations in Europe. We help new and established businesses grow the startup way, by running acceleration and innovation programs, organizing events, promoting investment and creating great work spaces at our hub. Recognized as one of the world most active startup accelerators and by Wired magazine as “the top incubator in town”, since 2010 we have received 4850+ startup applications to our programs and accelerated over 800 startups, that have raised +60M, having also 14.000+ people attending our events.