Digital growth program tailored for companies in the healthcare industry

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Are you an early-growth company with a solution within welfare technology, digital health or medical technology?

EIRA is a digital accelerator, tailored for health tech companies in their early-growth phase. The aim of the program is to help with industry-specific knowledge, tools and network which can contribute to growth and scale-up for your company.

Who can apply?

  • Early growth companies within digital health and/or medical health with international ambitions
  • Companies with an MVP verified in the market and/or products launched in the market
  • Dedicated team of 2+
  • Fundraising for growth within the next 6 - 18 months
  • Companies addressing the UN Sustainability challenges at their core business
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What do you get through taking part of the EIRAccelerator?

The program runs over 5-6 months from October 2022. With two physical workshops during week 43 and 12, the accelerator provides you with the following:

  • Knowledge and business development - contextualization to health
  • Relevant business advisors and mentors
  • Test, verification, analysis and strategy through NSCLab
  • Network and connection with potential industry partners
  • Network and introduction to relevant investors

Program fee: NOK 17 000 (value NOK 150 000. Partly financed by Innovation Norway).


As a participator in the EIRAccelerator you will increase your competence in these areas:

  • Market and Customer
  • Business and Regulation
  • People and Organization
  • Funding and Finance
  • Growth and Internationalization

Our lab activities are tailored to fit your needs and address your current challenges:

Who are we?


National cluster with more than 290 members and partners. Main focus on medical technology, digital health and welfare technology. Head office in Stavanger, with nodes in Vestland and Agder.

Norway Health Tech

Norway Health Tech has a vision of making Norway the world’s best arena for health innovation. They are a non-profit member organization with close to 270 members representing the full value chain of healthcare. They address all areas of human health – with an eye for technology.

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Highly ranked incubator with more than 27 years of experience. Tech Transfer Office for 6 research institutions. Early-phase investment through Validé AS and funding through Validé Invest II. Two in-house developed accelerator programs in addition to EIRA; ITSA Start and ITSA Growth, and one of four partners in SR-bank GründerAcademy.


Aleap, a non-profit incubator, offers a community for health startups. Theyr mission is to facilitate innovation and value creation by developing an ecosystem for ambitious health entrepreneurs and companies to create new products better and faster.


The EIRA team consist of individuals passionate about health technology and getting your business to grow and evolve.

  • Therese Oppegaard

    Business Development Manager

    Therese holds a MSc in Management from Brunel University London, and has 10+ years of experience within project management and business development. Her main focus is activities related to business development, internationalization and larger events.

  • Marit Hagland

    Manager NSCLab

    With an background as an civil engineer within product development, Marit has extensive experience with mechatronics engineering, marketing management and internationalization. She previously managed the start-up incubator at Validé. As an expert in the field of health technology, Marit now manages Norwegian Smart Care Lab, helping companies with testing and validation.


EIRAccelerator collaborate with a range of partners, here are some of them and more will come:

References What does previous participants say?

Lifeness, Grasp and ShieldME participated in the pilot of EIRAccelerator which took place between October 2021 and March 2022.

"EIRA has given us added value through better capital strategy, valuation and a larger network within health. Being part of the accelerator has given room to think outside the box" - Solvor, Lifeness
"For us, it has been central that EIRA focuses on professionalizing the company in the context of health. There is a lot of value in meeting other companies that are in similar situations as ours, and exchanging experiences gives a lot of value" - Ingvald, Grasp
"It has been very beneficial with a tailored program and individual follow-up. We have learned a lot about how investors think and how to develop our material and communication with investors more clearly. The testing with the lab was really useful for us, as we got to test our service with health care workers in a safe real-life environment" - Henriette, ShieldME

Next program is launching in october