Healthcare Innovation Readiness Programme for SMEs

08/10/2021 9:30 am to 08/10/2021 12:30 pm

Event Details

The AHSN NENC, Health Network North and the Supply Chain Northeast Programme, have joined forces to deliver a series of workshops to provide awareness and help businesses to better understand customers and create value propositions that effectively help them sell into the healthcare sector.

The next Healthcare Innovation Readiness Programme will take place on 8th October, 19th October, and 2nd November. The workshops will be held virtually.

The purpose of the event is to enhance SMEs knowledge of the approaches to help articulate the value of a product or service offering, and guide attendees through the process of how to develop their own version, targeted at selling into the healthcare sector.

Target audience: Businesses from across the Northeast from a healthcare service provider background or a supplier of goods background or potentially both or with aspirations to work within this growing sector.

The programme will consist of a 1 to 2 hour pre-diagnostics session, 3x 3hr value proposition workshops and a Dragon’s Den style event at the end, to allow SMEs to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts and 1-1 (1 hr) support from the AHSN NENC and/or Supply Chain NE.

You will only need to register once which will cover all sessions.

(Total of 12 hours of support provided).

Eligibility: Businesses who are located within

  • County Durham
  • Sunderland
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle
  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland




Please note:

This event is in collaboration with Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria , Health Network North and RTC North .

Health Network North is a partnership between the Innovation Super Network and the AHSN-NENC. Your details will be stored securely and retained in compliance with Data Protection law. Registration data will be shared with the RTC North, Innovation Super Network, the AHSN-NENC, the AHSN Network and relevant event partners for the sole purpose of this event.

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Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. , Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) acts as the trusted intermediary between the NHS, academia and industry and is committed to:

  • Supporting Economic Growth
  • Improving Population Health
  • Transforming Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Driving Digital Transformation

The AHSN NENC, is part of a national network of 15 AHSNs and receives funding from NHS England, NHS Improvement and The Office for Life Sciences to accelerate the spread and adoption of innovative devices, services and pathways through dissemination of best practice.

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