A programme for digital health start-ups wanting to work with the NHS in the Yorkshire and Humber region has this week opened for ideas developed as a response to COVID-19.
However, there are only ten places available for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Propel@YH programme. Applications run until 24 September.
The programme is open to digital health SMEs demonstrating innovative digital health solutions with a direct link to supporting the healthcare sector during the pandemic – from tackling the spread of the virus to assisting the most vulnerable, targeting health inequalities, or enabling effective home-based care.
To be eligible, applicants should have either an existing presence in the Yorkshire and Humber region or be willing to establish one.
The programme’s content will be tailored to individual members to enable global organisations to bring innovative solutions to the region’s population and wider health economy.
The AHSN will run the six-month programme, with key partners delivering the majority of the masterclass content.
Partners this year include the University of Leeds’ innovation hub, Nexus, which supports the programme through research and innovation expertise and membership to its community of high growth tech start-ups and SMEs.
Barclays Eagle Labs will provide business support through its national incubator network and leading health law firm Hill Dickinson returns as legal partner. Leeds City Council is also supporting the programme.
“COVID has changed, and will continue to change, our health and care system completely, and it is important that the NHS and other health providers have the tools in place to allow them to adapt to the new ways of working,” said Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.
“Because of this, we have decided this year’s programme should support solutions which focus in particular on COVID and the wider implications of the virus.
“This is the second time we’ve been able to offer this great opportunity for innovative digital and data- driven health companies to access a raft of support specifically tailored to their needs and equip them with the knowledge and contacts to drive their businesses forward.
“Key to the success of this programme are the great digital assets we have in the Yorkshire and Humber region in terms of infrastructure, skills and data itself.”