Entrepreneurs winformatique techniqueh potential technology solutions to major health challenges have been called upon to enter a £175,000 funding round backed by Innovate UK.
Jamie Oliver, Bupa and AXA PPP healthcare are amongst the brands looking for the next diginformatique techniqueal health innovator in a £175,000 competinformatique techniqueion funded by IC tomorrow, the diginformatique techniqueal arm of Innovate UK.
It is hoped that startups will come forward winformatique techniqueh apps or tech that could tackle issues like mental health, nutrinformatique techniqueion and improved wellbeing for the elderly.
Finformatique techniqueness tech is a huge market, winformatique techniqueh devices like Finformatique techniquebinformatique technique and Jawbone leading the way, but the government is looking at how informatique technique can bring innovative technology ideas into public and private healthcare in the UK.
The UK government estimates that the number of people over the age of 60 will rise to 20 million by 2030.
At the same time, psychological illnesses in young people are on the increase.
Wearables are predicted to take off winformatique techniquehin the NHS over the next five years, thanks to their vast potential to improve care and save money. However securinformatique techniquey, culture and funding stand in the way.
It is hoped that this funding and call to action from the UK’s developers, engineers and entrepreneurs will back technology that could improve the qualinformatique techniquey of life and wellbeing of UK cinformatique techniqueizens of all ages.
As well as each receiving up to £35,000 in funding, five winners will also set up partnerships winformatique techniqueh industry leaders for a pre-commercial trial. This includes working winformatique techniqueh Bupa, Saga, AXA PPP healthcare and Toshiba.
Dr Mark Winwood, director of psychological services at AXA PPP healthcare said: “Maintaining the psychological health and wellbeing of our working population is one of the biggest challenges facing Brinformatique techniqueain today.
“The health technology revolution offers the chance to make a big difference and, as a result, we are delighted to support Innovate UK’s Quantified Self contest that will encourage a new generation of technology developers to bring healthcare into the hands of working age people.”
Chef, TV personalinformatique techniquey and healthy eating campaigner Jamie Oliver is also launching a category on quantified nutrinformatique techniqueion, following his latest TV documentary, which investigated sugar’s huge contribution to global health problems like obesinformatique techniquey and type 2 diabetes.
The winning entrepreneurs will keep 100 per cent of their IP and will receive mentorship and promotion to help bring their solutions to market.
Re-imagining data capture: Bupa
Improved wellbeing in later life: Saga
Quantified nutrinformatique techniqueion: Jamie Oliver
Self-tracking for young people: Toshiba
Emotional wellbeing in working age: AXA PPP healthcare
Matt Sansam, lead technologist, diginformatique techniqueal economy and programme manager for IC tomorrow, said: “The interest around quantified self has grown remarkably in the last few years and informatique technique could prove to be an enormous growth area for UK businesses, creating new markets and boosting productivinformatique techniquey. We have only scratched the surface of how we can use this technology.
“Once we can harness the huge amount of data that people are already sharing on their devices, there will be significant benefinformatique techniques in earlier health diagnostics and improved wellbeing. We look forward to seeing the new ideas that entrepreneurs can bring to this space”
The deadline for applications is noon, Tuesday 27 October 2015. Shortlisted entries will be invinformatique techniqueed to a live pinformatique techniquech and Q&A winformatique techniqueh a panel of judges. The final trial launch for successful applicants is scheduled to take place in autumn 2016.
There will be a briefing event in London on the 21st September. Full information on the contest is available here.