Fifteen technology companies have been selected to take part in a new accelerator programme to drive healthcare innovation in the north west of England.

The businesses will take part in the Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge, an initiative set up in June this year that aims to support entrepreneurs working in the digital health space.

The 15 companies were selected based on “their potential to transform lives through the application of innovative technology”.

They include Cheshire-based Gendius, a platform that uses machine learning to calculate risks relating to diabetes, as well as Manchester-based Mind Moose, an app that helps children develop self-awareness and self-esteem.

The Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge seeks to foster health-tech companies with technologies that can support people with long-term health conditions such as dementia and diabetes, as well as those designed to improve public health through prevention.

The programme is run by UP Ventures and delivered in partnership with Novartis, Push Doctor, Google, The Landing, MediaCityUK, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Digital, Health Innovation Manchester and Apadmi.

Founder and CEO of UP Ventures, Danny Meaney, said: “We received and reviewed hundreds of applications for the GM Future of Health Challenge and have been hugely impressed.

“The response is a testament to both UP’s reputation and connections in the early stage tech ecosystem, and Greater Manchester’s international reputation as a great place to grow early stage tech businesses.”

The selected companies will be based within the Landing, a dedicated technology work space for digital start-ups and SMEs that is run by MediaCityUK.

There they will receive support in commercialising their products, attracting investors and creating new business opportunities..

Dan Sodergren, head of business services at the Landing, said: “The Landing has developed a specialism in digital health and we are fully geared up to help drive this programme. We’re excited to welcome these businesses from all over the UK and particularly pleased to see a number of North West-based companies in this cohort.

“As a region we continue to lead the way with the outstanding technology firms who either start-up here or choose to move here and we’re confident all the companies in this Greater Manchester Future of Health accelerator will benefit hugely from this experience.”

The Greater Manchester Future of Health Challenge follows on from a number of successful accelerator programmes, including DigitalHealth.London, which recently launched its fourth cohort.