Press Release, Dubai: Rare for a regional startup, Health at Hand has received recognition from Silicon Valley after winning a place on the coveted Blackbox Connect entrepreneurial immersion program. This makes Health at Hand one of the very few companies from the region to have ever been selected to join the elite San Francisco-based founder accelerator and the only one in this cohort.

Founded by serial investor, Fadi Bishara, in 2010, Blackbox Connect is partnered with Google. It aims to link foreign companies with high growth potential to the Silicon Valley network. The highly selective two-week residential accelerator, which starts on 5th November, consists of an intense program of pitching workshops, mentoring sessions with access some of the best resources the Valley has to offer.

After an ultra-competitive application process, the 12 participants, who have been plucked from a global selection of top emerging startups, will live, eat and work together in the founder’s mansion. To meet the eligibility criteria, the program’s residents must be the original founder of an operating startup, with a product already launched into the market. Common amongst the participants are companies with standout technology, governance and a game-changing vision.

Charlie Barlow, Founder and CEO of Health at Hand comments: “Blackbox is one of the most exciting accolades we have received so far. It reinforces the fact we have built a robust technology platform, that we have a brilliant team in place and that we have listened to stakeholders in developing a product that truly solves the many problems associated with access to primary healthcare in the Middle East. It gives Health at Hand the opportunity to get unparalleled exposure to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. I’m looking forward to getting to know the founders of some of the best startups in the world and bringing back unique insights to both Health at Hand and the regional technology ecosystem.”

Health at Hand launched earlier this year. It is a free-to-download app which connects patients with high-quality, licensed doctors via video consultation in minutes, wherever and whenever care is needed. The first fully-licensed and DHA regulated, telemedicine service in the region, Health at Hand is set to change the way we seek medical advice in the UAE, as it looks to cut out waiting rooms, appointments and travel times.


About Blackbox Connect:

Blackbox Connect is a highly selective, two-week residential program for global founders looking to hone their craft of entrepreneurship and tap into the Silicon Valley growth mindset. Since 2011, over 400 entrepreneurs from 60+ countries have participated in Blackbox Connect. Over 90% continue to grow and thrive, 65% go on to raise funding within 6-9 months of the program, and the combined market value of the alumni network is approximately $1bn.

About Health at Hand:

Health at Hand is a DMCC company with a DHA licence for telemedicine services, operating in the UAE. Health at Hand’s vision is to bring the highest standard of healthcare to everyone, wherever and whenever it is needed the most. Convenient and trusted, Health at Hand aims to remove the difficulties associated with visiting a doctor, providing quantifiable cost-savings for corporates and insurers. To date, Health at Hand has raised $4.1 million investment and its board boasts one of the most influential telehealth doctors’ in the world, Dr. Pat Basu, founder and former Chief Medical Officer of Doctor on Demand, the leading, US-based, video consultation platform. @myhealthathand


Health at Hand offers Per-Member-Per-Month and Transactional pricing for corporates and insurance payers.

Direct to Consumer Pricing Structure of Health at Hand: 

Health at Hand can issue patients with DHA Sick Leave Certificates and e-Referrals as well as arrange for over the counter drugs to be delivered within Dubai with partner 800 Pharmacy.

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