HealthStartup 5, Amsterdam, Emerging Technologies in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Centrum Oudezijds Voorburgwal.jpg_3002We’re very excited to announce the 5th edition of HealthStartup, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on October 8, 2013. For this edition we’ll be focusing on emerging technologies in physical therapy and rehabilitation.

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If you’re involved in this field – as a technology entrepreneur, investor, clinician, researcher or policy maker – then we’d like to hear from you! HealthStartup is Europe’s most focused and intense networking event in the digital health sector, and the 5th edition in Amsterdam is dedicated exclusively to your field.


Participate in HealthStartup 5: Emerging technologies in physical therapy and rehabilitation

If you’d like to present your startup at HealthStartup 5 then please apply here. If you’d like to attend HealthStartup 5 as a member of the audience then please send us an email via hsuteam(at) with a little information about yourself (e.g. LinkedIn profile).

Check out the currently selected startups here.


A small revolution is happening in the world of physical therapy and rehabilitation (in this presentation we explain why we think this topic is so important). Clinicians are beginning to experiment with consumer technologies such as smartphones, tablets and game consoles to see if these could help patients recover faster and more efficiently. These early research projects show promising results. Therapy can be more efficient because much of it can be done virtually, using technology as opposed to a physical therapist. For the patient it can be more convenient (since exercises can be done at home) and generally a lot more fun (using gaming technology). And all this means that the patient can indeed recover faster, for the simple reason that they’re doing more exercises (and doing them properly too). New applications of web-based and consumer technologies are constantly being discovered, for example, in the diagnosis of chronic regional pain syndrome or the treatment of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder.

The potential impact of such technologies is huge. For example, in the U.S. the estimated total cost of treatment and lost wages associated with musculoskeletal diseases was $849 billion, equal to 7.7 percent of the gross domestic product (2004 data). Add the physical therapy needs of people suffering from heart disease, stroke, chronic pain, brain injury and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and we’re talking about an enormous market.

HealthStartup intends to nudge this market forward. For our Amsterdam event, hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we are inviting a select group of entrepreneurs, clinicians, researchers and investors to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the field, and most importantly, to assess 10 high-potential startups that are building disruptive solutions in the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Each participating startup has been chosen from dozens of candidates through a stringent screening process on one criterion: their potential to make a significant difference to healthcare. The goal of the event is to maximize that potential.


Intense Format

In brief, we invite a select group of approximately 100 investors, entrepreneurs and healthcare decision makers to ‘go deep’ on a specific topic in digital health. The format includes panel discussions with topic experts after which we focus our attention on up to 8 high-potential startups.

Meet our panel speakers here!

Following the panel discussions and presentations, we break out in small groups for an intense feedback session with each startup. For the entrepreneurs involved it is often the most intense and rewarding feedback session they will ever have. For delegates, it is an opportunity to make a real difference to healthcare and connect with achievers in the field. For investors, it is a real-world due diligence session of months compressed to an hour and a half. As a sponsor, it is an opportunity to connect with up and coming innovators and top-level decision makers in the field.

Meet our startups here!


If you’d like to present your startup at HealthStartup 5 then please apply here. Note that if you are accepted we do ask for an all-in participation fee of €1000 to help cover our costs and to ensure that we only attract serious candidates.

If you’d like to attend HealthStartup 5 as a member of the audience then please send us an email via hsuteam(at) Note that this is an invitation-only event; we are specifically looking for (serious) investors, experienced healthcare entrepreneurs, relevant experts and healthcare decision makers.

Meet our panel speakers here.

Meet our startups here!

If you’d like to learn more about the topic, check out our presentation “Emerging technologies in physical therapy and rehabilitation: 10 opportunities for health startups and clinicians.”

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