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Yorkshire & Humber AHSN launches fourth edition of its digital accelerator programme Propel@YH

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is calling for SMEs to apply for the fourth edition of its digital health accelerator programme Propel@YH.

This year’s programme will be aimed at early-stage SMEs who would benefit from a wide range of support, mentoring and masterclasses to help increase market presence and accelerate company’s growth. In particular, applications are welcomed from innovators that can support the NHS deal with some of the most pressing challenges such as the increasing patient backlog, tackling health inequalities and improving service delivery.

Companies will need to make a commitment to growing and spreading their innovations into the Yorkshire and Humber region. Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will also be working with the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and their Sustainability Leads to support the SMEs to help improve their environmental sustainability impact.

Propel@YH provides a six-month course of structured support and advice to SMEs to help navigate the complex NHS landscape, while generating new investment and creating new job opportunities for the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Talking about joining last year’s programme, Matthew Booth, a physiotherapist and co-founder of PhysioBuddie, commented: “The Propel@YH programme has been excellent for PhysioBuddie. It has given us the exposure we need and monitor its success using a health economic review.

“We have had great support from the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to grow and develop. The AHSN have always been on hand to answer any questions and support us with our implementation into the NHS”. PhysioBuddie is an innovative online therapy service that provides its users with remote step-by-step progressive rehabilitation.

Whilst taking part in the programme, the chosen companies will receive support from several expert partners: Hill Dickinson (legal advice); Nexus, University of Leeds (networking opportunities); Barclays Eagle Labs (funding guidance), Thrive By Design will curate and run the programme of masterclasses with us  and Leeds City Council will bring networking contacts to the programme.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will also provide mentoring support consisting of 1-2-1 and group sessions. This year we are aiming to run face-to-face sessions, with plenty of time for networking and building local and national relationships with key stakeholders.

The AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS. It acts as a bridge between health care providers, commissioners, academia and industry and accelerates the spread and adoption of proven innovations across the local healthcare system to improve the health and prosperity of our region.

Neville Young, Enterprise & Innovation Director at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer this unique level of support to healthtech innovators. The value and level of support they will receive on the programme will put them in a really strong position to grow and spread their offering into the NHS”.

Tim East, Digital Navigator at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, added: “Propel@YH is one of the leading digital healthtech accelerator programmes in the UK, and we are really pleased to offer this to another cohort of SMEs. The Yorkshire and Humber region is a great place to support our local NHS system and I look forward to working with the SMEs.”

Applications are open until 4pm on Friday 2nd September

Applications are made through an online portal, where progress can be saved over time. If you would like more information follow us @YHAHSN

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About Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS. Across the country AHSNs act as a bridge between health care providers, commissioners, academia and industry. By connecting these sectors, we help to build a pipeline of solutions for the NHS from research and product development through to implementation and commercialisation. Our vision is to improve the health and prosperity of our region by unlocking the potential of new ideas. Web: www.yhahsn.org.uk/ | Email: [email protected]| Twitter: @YHAHSN About Propel@YH The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs, Nexus, Hill Dickinson and Leeds City Council, delivers the Propel@YH programme. Propel@YH is Yorkshire and Humber’s only regional digital health accelerator and supports organisations from across the world to bring their innovative digital health solutions to the region’s patients and the wider health economy. Propel@YH provides a unique and tailored set of advisory, guidance and supportive services, enabling digital health solutions to flourish within the region in 2020 and beyond. Recognising that the sales cycle within healthcare can be challenging and often lengthy, Propel@YH provides a structured programme of support and advice that enables organisations to accelerate their growth and market presence in the longer term. Propel@YH Partners Nexus Bringing together the brightest minds from business, technology and academia; Nexus connects global innovative businesses to the world-class research expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds. Our team of dedicated relationship managers work with businesses to understand their short and long term ambitions and put in place a strategic plan that delivers tailored support at key stages; from supercharging R&D to boost innovation and productivity, to accessing and developing talent through university internships and placements, leadership training or continuing professional development. As well as the breadth of expertise at the University, Nexus also provides businesses with access to specialist service providers, investors, mentors, business advisors and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs. Businesses can engage with Nexus in a variety of ways; from becoming a member of the Nexus community, to co-working or locating their business at the heart of the University campus in state-of-the-art workspace. As our community partner, Nexus will provide their community membership package to cohort members. This includes use of the co-working space and business lounge onsite, access to member events and support from the engagement team through ‘drop in’ sessions to broker connections across the University of Leeds. As part of the programme, Nexus will also provide a session on research and innovation in which cohort members will hear from world-leading experts in health and data to inspire business growth. Website: https://nexusleeds.co.uk/ Twitter: @nexusunileeds Barclays Eagle Labs A platform to connect the UK’s entrepreneurial community, Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many of our sites. By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace. Eagle Labs also specialises in positively disrupting key industries by bringing together key corporate players, industry bodies, leading universities and start-ups to enable rapid innovation and investment by asking them to collaborate and currently have dedicated LawTech, HealthTech and AgriTech industry-aligned programmes. With 25 Eagle Labs across the country and more in the pipeline, our focus is to help to connect, educate and accelerate ambitious UK businesses and entrepreneurs. Website: https://labs.uk.barclays/healthtech Twitter: @Eagle_Labs_Hlth Hill Dickinson Hill Dickinson is a leading commercial law firm with more than 850 employees, including 185 partners. From offices across the globe, Hill Dickinson delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum. The firm acts as a trusted adviser to businesses, organisations and individuals across the globe and from a wide range of market sectors, advising on non-contentious advisory and transactional work through to all forms of commercial litigation and arbitration. Hill Dickinson will be the exclusive law firm sponsor of the AHSN’s 2020 ‘Propel’ programme for health technology start-up companies, we can say sponsor of or partner. Hill Dickinson will provide two workshops of a half day in duration to Propel companies during 2020 on key legal issues including intellectual property, company law, employment laws, partnership/collaborative working, NDAs, and cross border transactions. Website: https://www.hilldickinson.com/ Twitter: @HillDickinson Leeds City Council Leeds City Council is the local authority of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Leeds. Website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/ Twitter: @LeedsCC_News

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