Applications are now closed.

A new fully funded programme of support for life sciences, health, wellbeing, nutrition, mental health (or any other health-related area) businesses or third sector organisations.

Applications are now closed.

About the programme

The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed the way that we access healthcare services, from virtual fitness classes to wellbeing apps to online health consultations, prompting a huge surge in the creation of new technologies, services, apps and innovations which are transforming the face of healthcare.

This fully-funded and prestigious opportunity to develop your life science or healthcare related business or third sector organisation, is brought to you as a collaboration between the Institute of Cancer Research and BIG South London, hosted by the London Cancer Hub.

Whether you’ve created your business as a result of the pandemic or are more established and looking for ways to grow, develop and transform your delivery – this business and innovation development programme will have something to offer you.

The Institute for Cancer ResearchLondon Borough of Sutton

Who should apply?

Whatever stage your business is at on its innovation journey, we can help. From early-stage start-ups, social enterprises and charities looking to lay the foundations for success to established businesses needing extra support to move to the next level of growth – there is an element of the programme that will suit your needs.

Its open to life sciences and healthcare-related businesses and organisations, this could include but is not limited to:

  • life sciences
  • cancer treatment and care
  • medical devices
  • nutrition
  • health and wellbeing
  • mental health

Your business can be based anywhere in the UK but due to the location of the partners, preference will be given to London and Sutton-based businesses.

The programme will begin w/c 14th February 2022.

The Programme Phases

Phase One: Innovation Health Check

Whether its product development, evolving your service offering or pivoting your business model, this Innovation Health Check will put you on the path to growth and supply you with a tangible plan to keep you on track.

In this phase, you will receive a structured one to one introductory session with an experienced mentor, focusing on the areas most likely to influence your organisational growth.

Your mentor will help to develop a tailored support plan, pointing toward the right workshops for your stage of business growth and allowing you to make the most of the programme.

Phase Two: Innovation and Growth Workshops

A series of workshops targeted at businesses at all stages of innovation and growth. Whether you’re in the early-stages or are ready to hit the ground running, we’ll have the workshops for you to start implementing strategies outlined in its Innovation Health Check.

Topics will include:

  • Working with your local university
  • Finding and accessing finance and funding
  • Developing a new idea
  • Launching profitable products
  • How and when to scale-up
  • Intellectual Property Advice

Sector specific workshops will also be available based upon needs identified at the Innovation Health Check.

Phase Three: University Engagement

In this final stage, we can support your business to engage with one of our six university partners. The universities have a broad range of expertise to tap into to accelerate the development of your innovation/business eg clean growth, digital and tech, engineering and general business activity.

Support can include:

  • Expertise matching to find the right university partner
  • Up to 5 hours free academic consultancy in specific field
  • Access to facilities at our university partners premises
  • Future development plan

Applications are now closed


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