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The VOYAGERS Health-Tech community

Through VOYAGERS we’re building a diverse, international community of mission-led people working on meaningful aspects of health-tech and life-sciences. There’s no fee to be involved: we simply ask for our members’ engagement. Our goal is to build peer support – through online networking but also through local meetups and not-for-profit weekend adventures in magical locations. We’re experimenting with how we can best help each other out – currently ranging from online workshops to dinner salons to confidential monthly peer-support groups of 8 people that we call Cabins. We have a podcast and a Lazy Book Club. We recently took 50 health-tech VOYAGERS on a weekend adventure in Spain. We also run a small fund on Angel List that enables VOYAGERS to invest in startups in the community (valued at 5X after less than a year).

Get to know some of our members through our VOYAGERS’ HEALTH-TECH JOURNEYS podcast: listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor.

The VOYAGERS Health-Tech community adventure in Iceland in October 2019

Companies represented in the community include Proximie, WearOptimo, Cerebral, Vidya, Hey Jane, Google Health, SharpTx, Lifted Care,, Genentech, AstraZeneca, Cellen, Intuitive Surgical, Nostos Genomics, Commure, Pear Bio, Thriva, Epibone, Empatica, Synova Life Sciences, Novartis and OnDeck.

Investors represented in the community include Omers Ventures, LocalGlobe, Accel, Lakestar, Joyance Partners, AVA, Luminous VC, Founders Fund, Hoxton Ventures and Heal Capital.

Geographies represented in the community include Israel, Peru, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, the US, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Ireland, Kenya, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, Belgium and Australia.

VOYAGERS was founded by David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK, who enjoys bringing together people working on impact-led challenges. You can read more about our mission here. The health-tech group is 300+ people from many geographies who work in the front line of medical tech and genomics, from founders to regulators and investors. In 2020 we launched a $1.6m micro-fund for the group to support ambitious startups in the community, offering founders access to the group’s deep networks and knowledge (current portfolio here – already including a unicorn in which we came in at $10m). We’re also building a climate-tech community.

We bring people together in person when pandemics allow. We have local meetup groups in London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, New York and beyond, which organise dinners, cycles, picnics and boat trips. We also organise 50-person weekend adventures a few times a year, which we run at cost. Before lockdowns, we took 50 people for three intense days in Iceland. We journeyed inside a volcano, hiked up a glacier, bathed in hot geothermal waters… experiences designed to stretch the group just a little, to relax people as we shared stories and developed new friendships. Feedback was hugely positive. Participants travelled from the US, Israel, Australia, the UK and Peru – from companies working in surgical robotics, telehealth, clinician training, wearable devices, medical software, genomics and more. In September 2021, we ran a bespoke guided hike along parts of the historic Camino de Santiago de Compostela trail, in northern Spain, staying in luxuriously converted monasteries. Activities are carefully curated to promote open conversation and friendships that lead to valuable outcomes. 

The online networking and the adventures are the starting point for building a community that actively helps each other out. Members have founded businesses together, become personal coaches and investors to each other, collaborated on medical research during lockdown, made introductions for each other (even to President Obama). But mostly it’s about building a space where trust and friendship can grow. To join VOYAGERS, we ask that you are a giver rather than a taker, and will actively engage with the community.  

If you’d like to become involved, please use the form below to tell us a little about yourself, and what you feel you can contribute to the group. Remember, we filter for givers, not takers.

VOYAGERS Health-Tech members hiking Spain’s Camino Santiago de Compostela in September 2021