Healthcare innovation is a surprisingly under discussed area for start-ups, despite being arguably one of the most rewarding fields to work in. Next month’s NHS based Innovation Expo in London will provide a format for entrepreneurs from the medical world to pitch their wares at the massive two day event in London’s Royal Docks.
The potential for promotion is substantive with more than 10,000 people from every part of of the NHS spectrum expected to attend between Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of March.
As with all such events, there is a hefty list of seminar talks to attend. Some of these talks are likely to book out extremely quickly with the likes of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Lord Howe and Jane Cummings all confirmed to speak. These keynote national and international speakers will speak over five stages and you can expect many high ranking NHS officials to be amongst the crowd of listeners. Connectivity though is probably the best benefit that you will get from attending the expo, and we should point out that tickets aren’t cheap. Whilst the event will most likely feature a fascinating platform of innovators, attendance shouldn’t be deemed as being compulsory. This type of event is best suited to those who have a solid idea already formed, knowledge of exactly which NHS department heads they want to speak to and who have a bit of revenue to comfortably fund them.
If on the other hand, you’re still in the development stages of a health related company there are plenty of sites out there which can offer advice. The NHS Institute in particular has a huge range of resources, including the capability to submit new content, if you register with them. Others like Trustech – North West of England specific - are regularly updated with the most recent competitions and breakthroughs, as well as a newsletter for keeping you up to date.
The Innovation Expo declares itself as “Europe’s largest, most exciting innovation event” that brings together delegates from the NHS, industry, government, scientific and charity sectors. It is however, also designed for those with expendable capital or who are confident in their business design and know exactly who they want to rub shoulders with. If you fit into the latter; this is perhaps just what the doctor ordered.
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