The GM Future of Health Challenge is on!

When UP Ventures and Novartis asked us to be part of their innovation programme, the GM Future of Health Challenge, we couldn’t say ‘Yes’ quickly enough.

Health, innovation, technology, start-up, scale-up. And Greater Manchester. That’s pretty much everything we love.

What is the GM Future of Health Challenge?

It’s an accelerator programme specifically in healthcare. The immersive 12-week programme (beginning on 10th September this year) is aimed at discovering 15 ground-breaking health-tech specialists and entrepreneurs.

The participants can be at any stage in their business, so long as they have the potential to create real impact in healthcare, and improve people’s lives using technology in three key areas:

  1. Solutions that improve the experience of those with dementia and/or frailty – For vulnerable residents at risk of presenting at hospitals through social isolation, frailty and dementia
  2. Solutions allowing primary care and outpatient services to be delivered in or near the home for patients – For patients with a long-term condition that requires regular attendance at outpatient clinics or in a primary care setting
  3. Innovations to allow digital nudges to improve prevention and public health – Helping people at risk of developing conditions whose outcomes can be improved through lifestyle changes

The challenge will be based at The Landing, MediaCityUK, and – as well as Apadmi – the partners include MediaCityUK, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Digital, Health Innovation Manchester, Novartis, Push Doctor and Google.

What’s the process?

All applications must be submitted over the next couple of weeks, as the deadline closes on 18th July – you can do so right here.

Solutions will be evaluated against the potential life impact for each resident or patient type, and the ability to see evidential improvement in:

  1. the patient holistic care experience
  2. the capacity and management of primary, community and secondary care

Fifteen successful applicants will be invited to join the programme where a series of coaches and practitioners will advise and push participants to challenge their existing thinking, improve all aspects of their business and put the customer experience first.

Each of the expert advisers will have a unique insight into developing and scaling breakthrough HealthTech products and services – which is where we come in. Our team will be part of the programme.

After working with the NHS for several years on their digital transformation, we understand the very real and significant impact that the simplest tech innovation can have on people’s lives. We also understand how hard it is to get your innovation in front of the right people. The GM Future Of Health Challenge is a brilliant opportunity to learn from some of those people and get your solution in front of many more.
Marcus Hadfield
CSO of Apadmi
“This is a fantastic opportunity to gain unrivalled access to the HealthTech ecosystem in the GM area through our close partnerships with industry, the NHS and intelligent, engaged investors. Unlike other accelerators, our programme is free for the participants. We’re not looking for cash or equity – just highly committed teams with the potential to really make an impact.”
Danny Meaney
CEO of UP Ventures