HMA's prize winning team at Digital Health Design Challenge

Connected Healthcare: From Concept to Cash!


11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Barnsley Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW

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About The Event

Calling all creative and digital specialists, tech entrepreneurs and healthcare businesses with an interest in digital healthcare

Come and make connections and access advice and support at our free Yorkshire and Humber  digital healthcare event. Hear from digital health and technology investor speakers, see digital health project pitches and explore funding and business support opportunities at our exhibition.

‘From Concept to Cash!’ is the fourth in the Connected Healthcare programme of events to promote digital health innovation, supported by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, Tech North and Enterprising Barnsley.

We would like to introduce digital health project teams emerging from our Digital Health Design Challenge and other digital and health businesses and entrepreneurs in the region to a range of available funding opportunities and support.

An exhibition with stands to ‘meet the funder’ or ‘find out about business support’ will offer 1:1 slots with expert advisors, bookable on the day.

Click below for the full programme as a PDF download:
Connected Health Programme



11:30am Registration, plus start of access to finance and business support exhibition
12 noon Key speakers on business support, funding and investment opportunities in digital health
12.45-1.30pm Lunch, exhibition stands and networking
1.30-2pm Digital health project pitches ‘businesses looking for funding and collaboration
2-2.30pm Exhibition stands and networking



Ash Patel | Investment Manager, Mercia Technologies Investing in digital health products and services
James Bedford | Head of Investment Strategy,

Tech North

Promoting technology investment opportunities in the North
Ian Sharp | CEO, Digital Health Enterprise Zone A digital health community to promote collaboration, innovation and commercialisation
Dr Savvas Neophytou | Managing Director,

Deepbridge Life Sciences

Experiences of a digital health entrepreneur and investor
Emma Cheshire | CEO, Dotforge Supporting digital health innovation through the Dotforge Health + Data accelerator
Philippa Hedley-Takhar | Head of Investment and Partnerships,Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and

Rachel Fletcher | Managing Director, FCS Associates

Funding and investment – where to look and how to write a successful application


mHabitat, Leeds ‘Human middleware’ support for digital health innovation
Innovate UK KTN Funding opportunities for digital health product and service development
Devices for Dignity Concept validation, regulatory services, grant application support, clinical evidence planning
Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Stimulating digital health innovation through the Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem
Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, University of Sheffield Research, development and evaluation of digital health technologies to enable people to live well and age well
FCS   Associates Bid and tender writing and business coaching
Also planned: Start-up loans, R&D tax credits, Raising finance, Intellectual property



The top three projects from the Design Challenge will feature and there are a few slots available to have a 3 minute pitch opportunity to promote your digital health project ‘for funding, new contacts or collaborations. Please contact if you’d like to apply.  

This event is hosted by the Digital Media Centre, part of a portfolio of business support and accommodation available through Enterprising Barnsley, Barnsley Council’s investment and development team.

The event is supported by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network and Tech North.

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

The Yorkshire and Humber AHSN  is one of 15  innovative health networks set up by NHS England to create and harness a strong, purposeful partnership between patients, health services, industry, and academia.

A key initiative for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is the creation of a Digital Health & Wellbeing Ecosystem across the region, and the Connected Healthcare programme is part of this.


Tech North

Tech North is a government-funded initiative delivered through Tech City UK to accelerate the development of the North’s digital economy through the promotion and support of digital entrepreneurship.

Working in collaboration and partnership with stakeholders across the North we aim to address the challenges tech entrepreneurs face in accessing finance, support, mentorship and talent. We champion initiatives that support the development of the North’s digital economy working with local and central government to inform policies that help accelerate growth.