Support offered at event for Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme

Innovation in Healthy Ageing

Posted on: 6 June 2018

Small businesses will have the opportunity to receive guidance on how to apply for funding through an initiative encouraging “healthy ageing”.

As part of the Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme, a series of workshops and taster sessions will be held at Cullompton Community Centre on Wednesday 27 June, from 9am until 4.30pm, to provide practical support on funding applications.

The programme is aiming to provide long term benefits for health and adult social care. It has a total fund of £450,000 available to support the development of new products and services which could transform how people are cared for.

The event in Cullompton is aimed at small and medium-size businesses, social enterprises and commissioners involved in the life science and health and social care sectors.

Those who attend the event on the day will have a choice of workshops to address challenges faced by businesses looking to work with the healthcare system. There will be workshops on:

• Fund your Solution: Covering the basics of how best to prepare applications for funding and how to request a student placement. The programme will fund 12 hours of one-to-one business support;

• Market Insight: Looking at the support that will be on offer to businesses who have products on or near to market;

• Intellectual Property: An overview of Intellectual Property and its potential impacts.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Councillor Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “The event is an opportunity to discuss ideas, form partnerships and to use the programme to bring ideas to market. This initiative is aiming to address the challenges faced by our current ageing population, and it would be useful for everyone who delivers health and adult social care to get involved to help find innovative solutions, whether that is through new technology or new ways of working.”

An event held in March brought together stakeholders interested in the project to work up ideas for new technology, new uses for existing technology and innovative operating models for care provision. The latest meeting will build on those initial discussions.

Eligible businesses with ideas that have the most potential will be invited to bid for development funding, with the programme funding 60% of eligible costs. The programme also offers free specialist innovation business support and free student placement to support development of ideas.

Places for the event at Cullompton on Wednesday 27 June can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-in-healthy-ageing-event-tickets-46757394626

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving around £650,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The collaborative bid was led by Devon County Council, with partners South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), University of Plymouth, and the West Devon Business Information Point.

SME’s or social enterprise working in this sector who would like to find out how you can take part in this project should contact innovationinhealthyageing@devon.gov.uk.

Alternatively visit partner sites www.businessinfopoint.co.uk , www.plymouth.ac.uk , www.swahsn.com

2 comments on “Support offered at event for Innovation in Healthy Ageing Programme

  1. Michael Grant Nelson says:

    What are the plans for the other £200,000?

    • Hi Michael, The remaining funding will contribute towards the costs of providing specialist business development support, student placements and delivery partner staff costs throughout the duration of the three year programme. All the Delivery Partners involved have also contributed funding to allow for the programme to be delivered.
      If you require more information, please contact innovationinhealthyageing@devon.gov.uk

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