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1 out of 4 adults in Poland has Obesity, representing around 8 million people1, of which less than 1% receive treatment. On average, a patient spends about 5 years before going to the doctor and starting treatment1. Obesity is associated with nearly 200 health complications, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer2. Over the next 30 years, expenses related to overweight, obesity and the resulting complications will amount to over 4% of Poland's GDP3.

At Novo Nordisk, we are committed to tackle and solve this current local health challenge by bringing healthcare solutions which can address the needs of people living with obesity.

We are inviting all start-ups and scale-ups developing digitally integrated health ecosystems, striving towards a seamless patient experience and journey, and know the realities of the Polish market, to submit their proposals on this website.

1. P. Bogdański, et al. Interdisciplinary position on the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Metabolic Disorders Forum 2020, volume 11, no. 2, 47–54.

2.  Yuen M., Earle R., Kadambi N., et al. A systematic review and evaluation of current evidence reveals 195 Obesity-Associated Disorders (OBAD). The obesity society 2016 abstract book 2016:92.

3. OECD study. The Heavy Burden of Obesity: The Economics of Prevention 2019. 

Novo Nordisk will provide non-equity funding to a start-up or scale-up depending upon the scope of work and required resources to deliver a seamless patient experience.

The selected start-up will be working closely with Novo Nordisk, a multinational pharma company leader in obesity management. You will work closely with medical, marketing & digital teams,  both locally & regionally, during the project implementation.

Opportunity to get more exposure to the regional Novo Nordisk network.

The accelerator journey

Step 1: Start-up Accelerator Launch

The challenge is open for start-ups and scale-ups to submit their applications for the obesity accelerator directly on this link provided on this web page. Application should be in English. The application deadline is 31st July 2022.

Step 1: Start-up Accelerator Launch

The challenge is open for start-ups and scale-ups to submit their applications for the obesity accelerator directly on this link provided on this web page. Application should be in English. The application deadline is 31st July 2022.

Step 2: Selection of top start-ups and scale-ups

A panel of experts will review the applications and select the most promising digital solutions providers to be brought forward for the pitch day.

Step 2: Selection of top start-ups and scale-ups

A panel of experts will review the applications and select the most promising digital solutions providers to be brought forward for the pitch day.

Step 3: Pitch Day

All selected digital solution providers will be invited to pitch their solutions in English. The pitch day will commence on the 9th September 2022.

Step 3: Pitch Day

All selected digital solution providers will be invited to pitch their solutions in English. The pitch day will commence on the 9th September 2022.