The INNOLABS project will soon come to its end, after 3 years of successful collaboration, support and progress towards developing new solutions to tackle European healthcare challenges. The Final Event on 19-20 September 2019 in Oslo celebrated all the successes and new achievements of the project, and summarised the lessons learnt together with the SMEs and start-ups.
INNOLABS project was supported with €5million by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, with the objective to fund cross-sectoral solutions by SMEs which will deliver new products and services for healthcare. In this way, INNOLABS aims to foster collaboration, transfer of knowledge and opportunities for SMEs from different countries and sectors, particularly the ICT, Health, Bio and Medicine sectors. Overall, INNOLABS has supported over 130 SMEs across Europe with a total of 4M€.
The INNOLABS Final Event took place on 19-20 September 2019 in Oslo, organised by project coordinator Norway Health Tech.
On 19 September, a Demo Day gave the opportunity for SMEs to showcase their solutions. On 20 September the best 23 of the supported SMEs participated in a final pitch competition, with 50k€ worth of prizes.
The event also introduced the INNOLABS White Book that shares the lessons learnt in the INNOLABS project in unlocking the cross-sectoral collaborative potential of SMEs from the ICT, Health, Biotech and Medicine sectors (IHBM). This represents an emerging market where the INNOLABS project supported SMEs to further develop personalised digital solutions (eHealth and mHealth) for older people in both rural and urban areas.
The two nine-month Acceleration periods helped our companies validate their technical, commercial and business hypothesis, build credibility and become an attractive and well-structured opportunity for prospective future partners including large industry players, health care providers and investors. So, with this White Paper we report on the e-health market, its challenges and opportunities, success drivers and triggers and end with a Call to Action. Hopefully this provides the readers with a concise read on a complex issue and supports the need for change and innovation.
INNOLABS project closes in October 2019, but the lessons learnt, experiences and success stories continue to grow and build solutions for improved healthcare across Europe.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691556.
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