Bits of Health
Bits of health
The Bits of Health program offers channels and financing for developing healthcare need-driven solutions, and for cooperation between companies and hospitals. Launched by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, the program will run until the end of 2018.
The aim of the program has been to turn Finland into a significant digital health hub where internationally successful companies are born and can develop.
This is a series of networking events addressing topical health and wellbeing themes, usually organised on the first Tuesday of each month, which also includes a webcast. Twitter discussion #healthtuesday, Facebook group: Health Tuesday.
Presentations and videos of previous events
Clinical Entrepreneur Finland
Clinical Entrepreneur Finland is the joint project of Business Finland's Bits of Health programme and the university hospitals of Finland for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship. It aims to find new, disruptive ideas and needs in university hospitals and transform them through innovation and commercialisation by companies into practice in clinical work for the benefit of patients.
In 2018, the project will implement a pilot that supports a total of 10 companies, selected via an application process. The call for applications is open to:
- companies established in 2017-2018 by university hospital health care professionals
- companies that have/have had a co-creation project with a university hospital in 2017-2018
- companies in the Turku and Oulu YSI projects (University Hospitals as Innovation Platforms), as well as
- companies furthering the needs of the Innovation Hub in the Health Village (in Finnish).
The pilot aims to create an operational model, in which needs and ideas are developed into high-quality business projects for Business Finland that are eligible for funding, and from there can also be developed into innovations. The pilot companies receive support in the form of business counselling from the Oulu Business School, training in accordance with the NABC (need, approach, benefit, competition) model, and a connection to the Clinical Entrepreneur programme of NHS England. They will also have an opportunity for co-creation or piloting with selected university hospitals in accordance with a separate agreement.
There are two application periods for the companies selected for the pilot, from 30 January to 28 February and from 1 to 31 May. (See the call for applications for more detailed instructions.) Five companies are selected in each application period.
For the health care professionals working at university hospitals, Clinical Entrepreneur Finland offers the possibility of working for a separately agreed upon period in the abovementioned companies that are eligible to apply, without needing to worry about losing their office, position or job. This means that once the supervisor has approved the period of work, they can develop their own business idea further or participate in the development work of an existing company, with which the employee can agree on the salary, IP and other issues.
Clinical Entrepreneur Finland works in cooperation with the HUS startup event Findery and the Findery Finland event, which tours the university hospitals. At these events, especially the startups that wish to cooperate with the employees/clinics of a university hospital can present themselves. As for university hospital professionals, they can find a partner company for their idea at the events.
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kari.kataja (at) businessfinland.fi