Brand design consultancy Elmwood has opened applications for STEAM entrepreneurs innovating in consumer health to join its LaunchPod programme.
Elmwood LaunchPod is a 12-week accelerator programme starting in June 2018 at the organisation’s HQ in Leeds, UK.
With the shift in focus on healthcare, in particular the move away from diagnosis and treatment to prevention, is placing ever-increasing emphasis on individuals to proactively manage their health.
Elmwood LaunchPod is seeking to collaborate with innovators across the STEAM disciplines to enhance solutions that will connect individuals with their health and change the dynamics of how they engage the healthcare system.
Elmwood is looking for start-ups that apply creative or design-thinking to deliver consumer-centred solutions, as well as those that apply emerging technologies such as AI, automation, robotics and augmented reality to improve consumer health.
By bringing multi-disciplinary businesses into one community, the programme aims to create a unique environment where design and systems thinking will shape how people connect with their health and improve their quality of life.
Participants will benefit from a dedicated programme, receiving insight, mentoring and management support from a world-class community of specialists.
Access to large corporate clients in the area of consumer health management will also be available.
Steve Gatfield, chairman at Elmwood, Elmwood LaunchPod mentor, and serial entrepreneur: “This accelerator programme arrives at a pivotal moment in the evolution of the digital economy, one where the potential of health data is self-evident and one where consumer trust is under considerable threat.
“In this next phase of the digital economy, how trust is designed in as an integral component of a product or service will be of utmost importance.
“Applying design- and systems-thinking, as well as designing trust into the essentials of the innovations we sponsor and support will be at the very heart of the Elmwood LaunchPod.”
Sarah Dear, managing partner at Elmwood and managing director of Elmwood LaunchPod, commented: “We’re proud to be supporting the aspirations of health-focused entrepreneurs and investing in the economic prospects of the region.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of consumer health experiences, improving people’s lives propelled by the power of design.
“We’re looking forward to helping start-ups in a creative and innovative environment to realise their aspirations, so they can develop into successful businesses and are excited to see the range of applications from health-focused entrepreneurs.”
Based in Leeds, Elmwood LaunchPod offers start-up companies access to Elmwood’s roster of industry-leading global clients and world-class community of marketers and creative designers.
These start-ups will be amongst science, technology, engineering and creative industries.
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