Calling UK and Canadian businesses: The UK-Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange

The UK Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange programme represents a consortium of organisations across the UK and Canada, working together to improve the health and well-being of older people in the UK and Canada by supporting innovation in healthy ageing.

The programme is funded by UKRI’s Innovate UK and includes the following partners:

UK Partners:  The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), The Four Northern Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) [ Health Innovation Manchester, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, Innovation Agency (North West Coast AHSN), AHSN North East and North Cumbria] and the Department for International Trade (DIT) Canadian Partners: AGE-WELL, CABHI (Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation)

Competition details:

The UK-Canada AgeTech Innovation Exchange programme will launch an open competition on January 3, 2023, with a closing date of February 3, 2023. Companies from the UK and Canada are invited to apply for funding to participate in an international exchange visit or for a place on a virtual support programme, supported by partners that have in-depth knowledge of the healthy ageing innovation ecosystems within each country.

1. Following a robust selection process, the winning 8 UK companies and (up to) 5 winning Canadian companies will participate in an in-person international exchange visit. UK companies will be awarded a grant of £2000 and Canadian companies will be awarded a grant of up to $2500 Canadian Dollars towards travel, subsistence and accommodation for the visits. The visits will include:

In the UK: Support for Canadian innovators who have their product on the market and are seeking support to conduct real world evaluation or establish their product on the market in the UK. During the visit, a structured 2-4 day support programme will be provided by the northern Academic Health Science Networks. This visit is likely to take place in June 2023 (to be confirmed), to coincide with the NHS Confed/Expo conference in Manchester.

In Canada: Support for UK innovators who have their product on the market and are seeking support from Canadian partners to conduct real world evaluation or establish their product in Canada. A workshop programme provided by AGE-WELL and CABHI partners will be offered to all inbound UK

innovators. The Canadian visit will also coincide with a major health and technology event such as COLLISION in Toronto (to be confirmed).

2. A virtual company support programme:

Up to 25 companies from each country will be selected to participate in virtual international programmes designed to help these companies refine and develop their offer/value proposition. This will include:

UK support for Canadian companies: An in-depth 1-1 diagnostic review will be conducted for up to 25 companies, alongside virtual networking and webinars provided for the group.

Canadian support for UK companies: A structured virtual support programme will be provided for up to 25 UK companies

A seminar and events programme, open to both UK and Canadian organisations interested in AgeTech. If you are interested in being notified of these virtual events, please register your interest here

3. The scope of innovations:

The challenges associated with healthy ageing are variable and complex, demanding innovative, real-world solutions. Innovations covering the following challenge areas within an ageing population would potentially be within scope for this competition:

  • Ageing at Home  (e.g.  Digital lifestyle interventions, Smart homes and voice tech, Age-friendly homes and communities; care homes,  Safety in the home, Remote monitoring
  • Health Care & Health Service Delivery for an aging population e.g.  Detection, testing & diagnosis, Remote care and monitoring, MedTech devices for older adults,  Managing chronic conditions,  Care management systems
  • Cognitive and Mental Health in ageing, Dementia e.g.  Prevention, detection, care and support, Living well with cognitive impairment, Digital therapies,  Supporting social connections and engagement
  • Autonomy and Independence in older people e.g. Assistive devices, Sustaining physical activity1

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