• EYEFOCUS ACCELERATOR

    FOCUS - DISRUPT - INNOVATE

     

    EyeFocus Accelerator is the world's first innovation program for companies producing products for preventing, curing, and living with eye disease and blindness.

     

    In 2015, the EyeFocus Accelerator became the world's first innovation program supporting companies making products for preventing, curing, and living with eye disease and blindness. The first program ran as a residential accelerator at Rainmaking Loft, Berlin. The Second Program ran from late 2016 until January 2017. It was a global, virtual accelerator, with events around the world, mentoring, and a conference in London. EyeFocus is a for-profit social enterprise that has built a unique global ecosystem of eye-care innovators. Our aim is to support innovation that helps people who are blind, visually impaired, or at risk of eye-disease.

     

    285 million people are affected by sight loss globally. 80% of sight loss is avoidable. We want to use technology to address this.

  • EYEFOCUS PROGRAMS

    EYEFOCUS RAN TWO PROGRAMS, IN 2015 AND 2016

    EYEFOCUS ACCELERATOR 2015

    Residential accelerator in Berlin

    The first EyeFocus program accepted 16 companies from 14 countries, and invested in 4 of the companies. Some of these startups spent 3 months in Berlin, at Rainmaking Loft, receiving intensive mentoring, whilst others joined as Associates, attending as suited them, and receiving mentoring online.

    EYEFOCUS ACCELERATOR 2016

    A virtual, global program

    The second EyeFocus program consisted of meet-up and pitch events, and Idea Hacks around the world. The events found startups, scale-ups, and spin outs at events in the US, India, UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, collecting them into a cohort of 31 companies which received online and in person mentoring.

    EYECARE CONFERENCE 2017

    A unique tech conference

    The second program ended with a one-day conference on eye-care innovation at the Royal Academy of Engineering. This brought together leading investors, academics, medics, innovators, and NGOs for a series of panel discussions and startup pitches.

  • EyeFocus Sponsors

    EyeFocus was made possible with the support of our corporate sponsors

  • Background

    Evolving the startup accelerator

    EyeFocus was developed to explore how startup accelerators could offer better support to startups. The original idea was that a very focussed accelerator would offer better support to startups within that sector. Over time we learned and adapted, exploring the benefits of a non-residential accelerator, which opened up involvement to a far wider range of companies, and not investing a standard amount, which also put off some participants.

     

    EyeFocus evolved into an Ecosystem Builder, an accelerator program that connects innovators, knowledge (universities, experts, NGOs), routes to market (corporates, hospitals), and investors, to accelerate the progress early stage companies make to getting products to people.

     

    This work is supported by academic research and first hand experience working with accelerators, startups, and thought leaders in both the startup and eye-care sectors.

     

     

  • EYEFOCUS IN 2017 - FUTURE PLANS

    Continuing to drive innovation in eye-care

    Partnerships and events

    EyeFocus will continue into 2017 running more events to build the eye-care innovation ecosystem, working with the Royal Society of Blind Children, and the Royal National Institute for Blind People, with universities, corporates, investors, and of course innovators. Events will continue to find innovators, offer them support through our network, and connect with thought leaders across the eyecare space.

    Startups and investment

    As an investor in Aston EyeTech and other eye-care startups, EyeFocus will continue to support early stage companies, and work with investors to bring new capital to this sector.

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