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Australias's leading Health Tech Scaleup accelerator program

HCF Catalyst is Australia’s leading health-technology scaleup accelerator. This program is designed to accelerate enterprise ready businesses towards a potential partnership with HCF.

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Insights into the HCF Catalyst corporate accelerator

By Sheena Jack, CEO HCF

Why did Qantas commission the second AVRO accelerator?
For us, the AVRO accelerator is all about finding new technologies, products and services for our customers, our people and operations. It’s about finding answers to questions we haven’t even asked. Given the success of the inaugural program last year, we wanted to continue the momentum as both a program and brand in the Startup ecosystem. We understand that a consistent, reiterated process is important in any transformational journey.

What were your expectations in terms of outcomes before launching the program?
We absolutely knew that to deliver on innovation outcomes, we needed a process to look outside of the organisation. We expected that AVRO would help us increase our breadth of thinking by gaining early insights on trends and emerging tech, allow us to leverage the external ecosystem to increase capacity and speed to market, and over time, deliver attractive returns to the business.

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    What are the outcomes delivered (e.g. customer deal, investment, trials, etc) by the program to date?
    We have invested $1M in Billy (previously known as Curo from round 1) but more importantly we have a number of pilots running with both HCF staff and members to ensure that the great ideas from the program and translated into meaningful programs, services and ultimately better health outcomes for our members. We currently have pilots running with She Births, The Pelvic Expert, Dresden, Billy, Sleepfit. Birth Beat has been incorporated as a member benefit as part of our products that cover maternity.

    What’s next for HCF Catalyst?
    We’re really excited to see what the next round holds for HCF Catalyst. It seems to become bigger and better each year so we have high expectations. As the health system evolves even more and comes under increasing pressure the need for innovation in the industry becomes greater.

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Scaling the next generation of global businesses

AVRO Accelerator looks to invest in and partner with early and growth stage technology companies who can leverage the Qantas Group's global footprint, expertise and unique assets to scale within Australia and globally

Sheena-Jack

Insights into the HCF Catalyst corporate accelerator

By Sheena Jack, CEO HCF

Why did Qantas commission the second AVRO accelerator?
For us, the AVRO accelerator is all about finding new technologies, products and services for our customers, our people and operations. It’s about finding answers to questions we haven’t even asked. Given the success of the inaugural program last year, we wanted to continue the momentum as both a program and brand in the Startup ecosystem. We understand that a consistent, reiterated process is important in any transformational journey.

What were your expectations in terms of outcomes before launching the program?
We absolutely knew that to deliver on innovation outcomes, we needed a process to look outside of the organisation. We expected that AVRO would help us increase our breadth of thinking by gaining early insights on trends and emerging tech, allow us to leverage the external ecosystem to increase capacity and speed to market, and over time, deliver attractive returns to the business.

Show More

    What are the outcomes delivered (e.g. customer deal, investment, trials, etc) by the program to date?
    We have invested $1M in Billy (previously known as Curo from round 1) but more importantly we have a number of pilots running with both HCF staff and members to ensure that the great ideas from the program and translated into meaningful programs, services and ultimately better health outcomes for our members. We currently have pilots running with She Births, The Pelvic Expert, Dresden, Billy, Sleepfit. Birth Beat has been incorporated as a member benefit as part of our products that cover maternity.

    What’s next for HCF Catalyst?
    We’re really excited to see what the next round holds for HCF Catalyst. It seems to become bigger and better each year so we have high expectations. As the health system evolves even more and comes under increasing pressure the need for innovation in the industry becomes greater.

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