Dotforge brings health accelerator to Leeds

Dotforge brings health accelerator to Leeds

A specialist accelerator for health-focussed tech startups has been launched in Leeds by Dotforge.

The Health and Data  program is investing up to £20,000 into 10 companies which use or create data for health applications and are developing products for use by doctors, clinicians, patients and carers.

Emma Cheshire, managing director, CEO and co-founder of Dotforge, said: "We have successfully graduated three programmes during the last two years and we are delighted to expand our reach to offer an accelerator to help new entrepreneurs working developing data driven applications for health.

"Leeds is the perfect place to run this accelerator, as the city is the epicentre for health data in the UK, being the home of the NHS national data resource and base for many of the key patient record providers for the UK.

"At Dotforge we support talented startups with investment; mentoring and we have teamed up with key players in the health arena to ensure the companies build connections in the sector."

TechNorth is also sponsoring the program as part of its strategy to profile the health technology strengths of the North of England. 

Its head, Claire Braithwaite said: "Accelerator programs are a crucially important component of tech ecosystems; in addition to the support they provide to the companies on the programme they are a draw for investors, experts and customers, building critical mass and helping to build awareness of tech innovation in a region.

"The North of England has a globally competitive offering for health tech innovators and Tech North sees an opportunity to attract additional inward investment to the region in health tech.

The Dotforge team worked closely with the commissioning advisors and AHSN in Yorkshire and Humber to identify the key areas of opportunity for data innovation.

Richard Stubbs, Commercial Director at the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) goes on to explain:  "The Dotforge Accelerator program will provide assistance to early stage companies developing products and services that are supporting health data."

Companies developing their products in Leeds will benefit from a progressive joined up approach to health and social care led by a partnership group that includes the local hospital trusts, GPs and social service providers.

Colin Mawhinney from Head of Health Innovation, Leeds Health Partnerships said: "We are delighted to welcome Dotforge Health + Data to Leeds, the accelerator complements the significant work already undertaken to enhance care by sharing data and information through the Leeds Care Record and by establishing a city wide Test Bed."


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