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Innovative health tech companies sought for Yorkshire accelerator

Applications have opened for the Propel@YH HealthTech digital accelerator programme in Yorkshire and Humber.

Run by Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, it’s now in its fifth year and is open to companies based in the region – or seeking to establish a base there.

The scheme provides firms with a structured course of advice and guidance to help them navigate the NHS, whilst enabling accelerated company growth and increased market presence. 

“Since the start of the programme, we’ve seen some incredible innovations that have supported the NHS including a multi-award-winning digital platform designed to improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes and an online therapy service that provides its users with remote step-by-step progressive rehabilitation,” explained Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN .

“Over the last year, the programme has supported 44 innovators, facilitating 36 hours of networking time between innovator companies and national or local NHS stakeholders and this has resulted in 32 collaborations with the NHS.

The focus this year is innovation in:

  • Workforce 
  • Waiting lists 
  • Mental health 
  • Early diagnostics 
  • Urgent and emergency care (UEC)
  • Supporting the Office for Life Sciences healthcare priorities (dementia, early diagnosis of cancer, prevention of CVD, respiratory, ageing and mental health).
  • Patient empowerment 
  • Innovative ways of using AI technology. 

Successful organisations will take part in a series of masterclasses, digital innovator surgeries, events and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions during the six months of the programme. 

The deadline for applications is 6pm, Friday 25 August.

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