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North West Interactive Healthcare Fund Opens For Applications

We're pleased to announce the extension of our North West Interactive Healthcare Fund for digital SMEs.

The programme will pledge £250k for digital companies outside of London to develop innovative healthcare technology and solutions from a total pot of £750k with further funds set to be announced later this year. Head here to apply.

The North West Interactive Healthcare Fund is the first programme to be launched through our Interactive Healthcare initiative which offers investments of between £25,000 and £50,000 to companies based anywhere in the English regions outside of Greater London. Priority will be given to companies based in Greater Manchester.

Financed by Creative England’s Regional Growth Fund and in partnership with the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN), the fund will support the development of web, mobile and tablet applications that focus on some of the key healthcare priorities identified by GM AHSN. 

Successful projects will focus on the interaction and sharing of information between patients and carers, new ideas for patients or clinicians in the domains of cardiovascular disease, or the safe use of medications. 

Examples of successful projects that may secure funding include: apps that develop a new communication channel between doctor and patient; new methods for data analysis; apps that support innovation in healthier living; or apps that promote patient understanding so they can take ownership of their own care.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England, said: 

“The Interactive Healthcare Fund is designed to combine creativity and technology, to uncover new and exciting ideas and revolutionise healthcare as we know it. The successful projects from the last round of funding are proof of how powerful creative businesses can be when it comes to developing products that extend beyond the creative industries themselves, and we can’t wait to see what innovative projects emerge next.”

Gary Leeming, ‎Associate Director of Informatics at Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, said: 

“Following the success of last year the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network is delighted to be working again with Creative England to identify and support companies developing innovation in digital health. By enabling closer interaction between the NHS and our small businesses in the North West we can help to create the next generation of applications and ideas that have the potential to transform how we deliver health and care.”

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and the fund will close on Friday 30 September 2016. For full guidelines and to apply, visit the North West Interactive Healthcare Fund page or click the button below.

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