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What is a supporting member?

For us, a supporting member is a valued friend and a dedicated member of the community, wanting to help out health startups on their rocky path to really making an impact.

A supporting member can be a private person running a business, a corporation or a foundation that supports the purpose of the Association and whose line of business is in the health and welfare services or products related to those services.




What you get

Supporting members have the right to receive information about the activity of the Association, participate in events organized by the Association and to attend the Meetings of the Association. Supporting members however do not have vote in the Meetings of the Association. Supporting members are entitled to the same event discounts as our startup members.  Also, you get the love and admiration of the Health Startup Community and the right to proudly say that you concretely support the health innovators and entrepreneurs!

What we get

Upgraded is a very frugal organisation, and we always look for our members’ best interest. Our dedicated team organises events, negotiates discounts and benefits and carries researches aiming to make the life of the startups that much easier. We are on a constant lookout for relevant opportunities for our members – therefore we kind of consider ourselves as an “extra team member” to our startups. The supporting members’ fees are one way of funding the operations in addition to partnerships, memberships, project funding and income from events.

Our Story

Upgraded (formerly known as HealthSPA) was founded in 2012 to help health and wellbeing startups and innovations navigate and thrive in the complex network of startup and health industries. Our aim is to develop the health ecosystem to empower the startups and bring them into a central position. We believe that no good innovation should be lost due to lack of knowledge about it!

At the moment we are a dynamic team of four people from different backgrounds. Sara has strong background in associations, but also worked as COO in a growth company for almost four years before joining Upgraded. Raisamiina has a business degree in marketing, Elena is a trained nurse and Iiris is taking a break from her PhD studies in biotechnology. Upgraded’s board consists of strong industry influencers.

Our team is here for the whole community! We want to build an ecosystem which celebrates when its members succeed and lifts the other members up  instead of tramping them down. We believe that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.

It starts with a small action.

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Upgraded’s Director Sara Härmälä:

“Supporting members are the corner stone of a community. Many supporting members have been where the startups are now, and can therefore provide us with insights and experience. A vast range of supporting members and alumni is a sign of a healthy and positive ecosystem – just the kind we want to build to the healthtech industry. Thank you for being part of our Upgraded Community!

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