Deadline:   22 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the primary source of innovation in Europe and globally. However, the fragmentation of innovation ecosystems and the lack of connectedness among public national and regional agencies appear to be one of the main bottlenecks towards ensuring the support of …

by Heather Smith

Deadline:   02 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Only 5% of European start-ups scale-up and pursue the position of world tech leaders. As high growth companies are the ones largely responsible for job creation and economic benefit, this is a missed opportunity. These growth barriers are even higher for truly high-risk deep tech innovators, the …

by Heather Smith

Deadline:   15 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time Specific Challenge: Improving SMEs’ access to public procurement is an important objective for the European Commission. Inside the Union, the SMEs’ weight in above threshold procurement is still low when compared with their contribution to Gross Domestic Product (only 45% compared to 58%). The participation of SMEs in procurement …

by Heather Smith

Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for …

by Heather Smith

Are you a health tech start up focusing on remote monitoring and mental health? Recruitment is now open for a new government programme to help start-ups drive transformation. GovTech venture firm PUBLIC is seeking start-ups for the latest GovStart programme, aimed at using technology to deliver healthcare amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdown demonstrated the need …

by Heather Smith

Social isolation has never been a bigger issue than in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ginny Lindle, Director of Operations at Tunstall Response describes how technology can help local authorities to continue to offer support to some of our most vulnerable citizens as lockdown eases. Call well and good Isolation When the UK’s lockdown …

by Heather Smith

To support the scale-up of the Near Me video consulting service, the Care Inspectorate completed an engagement exercise with all older people’s care homes in Scotland. We provided information on Near Me, guidance on technical setup, over the phone training to staff and links to training materials and guidance to support theconsultation process. Read the …

by Heather Smith

Applications open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds Current Status: Open for Applications Maximum value: £ 20,000 A growing body of data, including from ONS and Public Health England shows that people who are Black, Asian and from minority ethnic (BAME) groups have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. BAME-led organisations are playing a pivotal role in ensuring …

by Heather Smith

Medical informatics and imaging technology company, Cirdan has today announced that it has acquired the Belfast-based Philips Digital and Computational Pathology business (formerly known as PathXL). Headquartered in Northern Ireland with offices in Canada and Australia, Cirdan specialises in developing technology that supports and speeds up diagnosis, primarily used by those working in pathology. The …

by Heather Smith

THIS BLOG IS A REFLECTIVE LOOK BACK AT HOW THE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING MOVEMENT PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR A PREVENTATIVE AND JOINED UP COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID, WITH SOCIAL PRESCRIBING LINK WORKERS AT THE CENTRE OF COORDINATING CARE AND SUPPORT. We’ve listened to our network of Elemental customers including 4,100 GPs, 108 Social Workers, 854 Link …

by Heather Smith
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