Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber’s Propel@YH Boot Camp, a five-day digital health accelerator programme, has welcomed nine Nordic SMEs to the UK, who will bring innovative HealthTech solutions to the region’s population.

The Boot Camp builds on Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber’s successful UK-focused six month Propel@YH programme, and seeks to bring the best health innovations from around the world into the UK, with the Yorkshire and Humber region being the first to make use of them. It is hugely promising for the citizens of Yorkshire and Humber whose patients will get to benefit from the best technology first. The program aims to ensure that the businesses consider Yorkshire their home in the UK, bringing the region the benefits of investment and job creation that the programme secures.

Innovations chosen for the 2024 Nordic Boot Camp included a test used to monitor disease activity in patients with irritable bowel disease, a device that assists in the clinical evaluation and triage of intracranial injuries and an innovation that assesses ADHD symptoms in children.

The small to medium enterprises (SMEs) selected were:

SMEs take part in a five-day programme of intensive support and masterclass content, provided by the expert partners, which gives innovators a crash course on the UK healthcare market. The cohort will have access to subject matter experts and the opportunity to directly engage with local NHS stakeholders as well as the wider HealthTech ecosystem in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The Boot Camp is delivered alongside the Propel@YH programme partners, who provide expert advice in key areas of the NHS and wider UK health system, including:

  • Hill Dickinson (legal advice)
  • Nexus, University of Leeds, (networking opportunities)
  • Barclays Eagle Labs (growth support)
  • Leeds City Council (networking contacts across the city).
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals Innovation Pop Up will provide NHS insight and strategy, amongst other support.
  • Par Equity (investment advice)

Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber said:“This is our second Nordic Boot Camp and we’re delighted to welcome this new Nordic cohort to the UK.

“The programme offers international innovators the opportunity to access the UK healthcare market and hopefully establish their base in Yorkshire and the Humber. It supports innovators with tailored content and knowledge in five key areas: the NHS, legal, finance and funding, networking, growth and spread.

“If we can successfully support these innovators to establish themselves in Yorkshire, we can use the great regional assets available to us combined with the strength of the Health Innovation Network to spread these innovations across the country, securing investment, jobs and health and wellbeing benefits for the whole of the UK.”

Rebecca Bejhed, COO, Tada Group said: “We look forward to the Nordic Propel Bootcamp to accelerate our understanding of the NHS market and broaden our knowledge of the stakeholder landscape in England. We are especially eager to learn how to attract funding, scale existing sales, and add to our network of key opinion Leaders.”

Kris Sikorski, Director R&D, Deputy CEO, Calpro AS said: “I am very excited to be able to join the Nordic Propel@YH Boot Camp. The UK market is very important to us but difficult to navigate due to the very complex NHS system. I am looking forward to learning more about the intricacies of the NHS and procurement for health care institutions. This is also a great opportunity for us to further our network in the United Kingdom.”