Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,
I had a wonderful time at the ‘Mobilising Business, Acting on Future Health’ Conference held on 30th March, which was organised and hosted by EIT Health partner Imperial College Business School. The conference sparked lots of meaningful discussions on future models of care, particularly in terms of facing global healthcare challenges, such as escalating demand, a drive to contain public expenditure, the need to increase access to affordable healthcare, the human and economic cost of climate change, as well as the cost of technology and innovation. I was very pleased to see many EIT Health partners represented with their global offices at the conference. Though recent political discussions might suggest otherwise, health is indeed a global issue, not merely a national one.
We’ve had a hectic yet productive couple of weeks and we are very excited to have received an outstanding number of applications from SMEs and start-ups for EIT Health’s 2017 Accelerator programmes. You will have the opportunity to hear from many of these inspiring start-ups and entrepreneurs on 19th July 2017, when we will decide on this year’s Proof-of-Concept/Headstart Awardees in the UKI region and the UKI nominated finalists for the European Health Catapult.
Applications for 2018 EIT Health Business Plan proposals are now also closed. It was great to speak with many of you at the 2018 Business Plan Q&A sessions held around the UKI region and online, and I very much look forward to reading your brilliant proposals.
As for future opportunities, it is not too late to apply to the European Health Catapult, a joint accelerator programme of EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe, which will close on 30th April.
I wish you all a wonderful time over the holidays and a happy Easter!
CLC Managing Director, EIT Health UK-Ireland