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Posted on January 26, 2017 by staff

Start-up programme will ‘create vision for future of health’

A Manchester-based start-up programme is aiming to transform technology in healthcare  and ‘create a vision for the future’.

The Future of Health at the Landing in Salford’s MediaCity, will begin in March and last for 12 weeks.

Run by professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers in collaboration with UP, small businesses will be given access to executive-level mentors and sponsors.

This involves improving employee health, increasing connected healthcare and transforming long-term care.

According to The Landing: “PwC and Up are looking for 12 fast-growth start-ups who want to take part in this opportunity, which could change the way we look at healthcare and what the future of healthcare can be.

“The healthcare landscape is growing and changing and needs the emerging talent of start-ups and SMEs, for those focused on scaling within the health industry.”

Participants will benefit from introductions to potential pilots and partnerships aimed at increasing opportunities to guide technology and sell into large healthcare organisations.

Successful applicants, mentors and sponsors will be have access to advanced user experience, internet of things and virtual reality testing facilities.

The Landing’s head of programmes and partnerships, Maya Dibley, said: “Health and medtech are some of the most dynamic sectors in the world currently, and the commercial potential for any successful business in this space is massive.

“This programme will also build on some of the great work being undertaken across Manchester and especially around the Oxford Road Corridor, and help put Manchester on the global map for health technology innovation.”

Based at MediaCity in Salford, The Landing is home to more than 100 tech start-ups and scale-ups.

North West regional chairman at PwC, Iwan Griffiths, added: “Healthtech will significantly change the way health services are delivered and is key to solving the challenge of providing better services to an aging population at a reasonable cost.“