One of the digital health start-ups based at Birmingham's Serendip® Digital Health Quarter - in which the WMAHSN is the commercial partner - was among the creative thinkers recently awarded grants of €50,000.
Give Vision was among the winners from the UK and Ireland chosen to receive funding when EIT Health UK-Ireland held its EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards finals pitch competition at Oxford University.
Give Vision's product SightPlus is a pair of hands-free, easy-to-use goggles that enhance the wearer’s remaining vision. The company received the funds to help them turn their brilliant idea into a commercially viable business.
The EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards was organised by the UK-Ireland Co-Location Centre of EIT Health. The EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards programme is an EIT Health Accelerator activity to provide “one-off” funding of up to €50,000 for emerging companies and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop new products and services for areas of interest to EIT Health and its members. The purpose of the funding is to accelerate market entry and create new economic activity.
Following a day of training, the hopeful entrepreneurs competed for the awards, with six others besides Give Vision being successful. It was part of the two-day event at Oxford called "Healthcare Innovation - From Generating Ideas to Funding them", hosted by Oxford Biodesign in partnership with EIT Health UK-Ireland. The contest coincided with EIT UK-Ireland's annual general meeting.
The other winning projects were:
For more information, go to the EIT Health website.