From diabetes to deafness, technological advances could be used to tackle many healthcare problems but healthcare start-ups struggle to attract investment to scale new ideas.
To help early stage ventures get off the ground we teamed up with Janssen Healthcare Innovation (part of the Johnson & Johnson family), UCL Business, Healthbox, the Cabinet Office and Trafford Housing Trust to launch the Health Social Innovators’ Accelerator Programme (HSI).
Through a 16-week accelerator programme and an investment in each venture, the HSI accelerator has supported the growth of early-stage social entrepreneurs who are pioneering new ways to tackle health inequality in the UK.
So far we’ve supported fourteen social businesses on their journey to create sustainable and scalable businesses that will tackle some of the UK’s pressing healthcare issues. These include organisations such as HeLP Diabetes, a web-based self-management programme and structured education for NHS patients with type 2 diabetes and Goshawk Communications, a software platform that can process incoming phone or audio signals specific to an individual’s hearing loss.
The programme is supporting these early stage innovations through an accelerator that establishes an enabling environment within which entrepreneurs can challenge and learn from each other and scale their reach and impact. Based in a co-working space and with opportunities for our ventures to pilot in the community, Health Social Innovators is seeking to create the building blocks for lasting change in the healthcare industry.
To find out more visit the Health Social Innovators website.