Health Incubator Helsinki is a unique incubator program that helps startups and research-based teams to develop their ideas and concepts. The program is a joint effort by the City of Helsinki and the University of Helsinki, and it’s provided in partnership with us at Health Capital Helsinki.
In the second part of our interviews series, we will meet Christian Lardot, the leader of Health Incubator Helsinki.
Hello Christian! What is Health Incubator Helsinki and why was it established?
Christian: Health Incubator Helsinki is a long-term incubator program driving the transformation of health innovation, research findings and expertise into international business, and attracting new talent and companies to Helsinki. Our concept is unique in the Nordics in its focus and duration: the incubator focuses solely on health, and the program is up to three years long. Also, the location at Terkko Health Hub, in the Meilahti hospital area in Helsinki couldn’t be more central for our type of operations. We are a non-profit organisation and do not take any equity in the companies, apart from a minor fee for the office space.
The first batch of Health Incubator Helsinki startups was selected in 2020. The second batch joined the program in May 2021.