Dear EIT Health UK-Ireland Partners and Friends,
The first two months of the new EIT Health year seem to have flown by with many of our BP2017 activities and projects kicking-off, and many more exciting initiatives and events still to be launched.
Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the first major EIT Health event for the year. With close to 300 attendees, more than 500 scheduled face-to-face meetings and a number of interdisciplinary sessions the EIT Health Matchmaking Event in Uppsala was nearly as big as the inaugural EIT Health summit last year. The event aimed to encourage all our EIT Health partners to collaborate across our three Pillars – Campus, Innovation and Accelerator - as we work towards the EIT Health BP2018. I look forward to hearing about the exciting proposals that will come out of the face-to-face meetings. The matchmaking event was closely followed by the 2017 Global Investor Forum in Maastricht where many EIT Health supported start-ups incl. Eartex and ProVerum Medical (which are supported by the UK-Ireland partnership), were given a platform to pitch to a global investor board.
This month EIT Health also launched a number of Participation Calls for its 2017 Accelerator programme including the 2017 Call for Applications for Headstart and Proof-of-Concept Grant Funding, where we will yet again award a number of non-equity grants worth up to EUR 50,000 to promising start-ups and entrepreneurs linked to our local partnership. And on this note I would like to congratulate some of last year’s winners and finalists on recent achievements: ProVerum Medical (winner 2016 round) successfully spun-out of Trinity College Dublin earlier this year and PhysioWizard (finalist 2016 round) was backed by Scotland’s top business angel investment syndicate Archangels. Congratulations to Conor Harkin and Kirsten Lord and their respective teams.
I invite you to peruse the sections below for further details on the highlights mentioned above, a listing of upcoming EIT Health events & deadlines, and some local news and funding opportunities such as Innovate UK’s funding competition: Innovation in Health and Life Sciences (Round 2).
CLC Managing Director
EIT Health UK-Ireland