Health Innovation Programme 2018

Business support that will escalate your success

Dates: 20th, 21st, 28th & 29th November


Following on from the success of the last three years, SETsquared alongside the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), will once again be providing a comprehensive business support programme to healthcare and life sciences ventures throughout their lifecycle.


The programme is open to all - it is ideal for entrepreneurs with an idea for a health-based product or service and founders of early-stage ventures, as well as more experienced entrepreneurs launching a new product/ventures

However, priority will be given to applicants employed in the Wessex Academic Health Science Network geographical boundary. The Network covers Dorset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Applications from neighbouring areas may also be considered.


This is an immersive and interactive 4-day training course where you will develop your business idea, analyse your market and potential customers, develop a compelling pitch and look at funding strategies. It culminates with the opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors and healthcare experts, who will provide invaluable feedback for you to take your business forward. Participation in this event is free of charge and supported by the AHSN.

The programme includes sessions on how to write a great business plan, understanding the NHS as marketplace, getting to grips with company valuations, funding sources, and how to pitch for investment. It also includes sessions on how to understand and explain the value that your product will bring to healthcare customers, and the regulatory and information governance standards that have to be met to bring a product to the healthcare market and how to tap into the national schemes available to support the adoption of innovation. 
This is a personal skills development course that aims to enable individuals to take well-formed innovative proposals to business realisation.
You will have the opportunity to learn core skills in entrepreneurship and develop skills in the areas of: 
  • Customer analysis
  • Building a business case
  • Funding strategies
  • Market analysis

The course will provide:

  • an opportunity to make a compelling pitch to an experienced panel
  • a great way to network with like-minded innovators
  • friendly environment to try-out your ideas
  • a chance to get continuing support from us to further develop your proposition
Participation in this event is fully-funded and supported by the Wessex AHSN through a European Regional Development Fund. 
Please note that because of this EU funding, successful applicants will be asked to complete a registration form including a state aid declaration prior to the start of the course.


“Great!! Really intensive, but a great experience, Work session between talks are a great way to put them into practice”

“I wasn’t sure how valuable the course would be to me, but it was extremely helpful in seeing how process pans out for innovators. This has helped me focus on aspects important to companies which has Improved my angle and pitch. I have renewed hope, Thank you!”

“An excellent opportunity to learn and to network. Many thanks indeed!”


If you have any enquiries about this course, please contact:

Wessex AHSN

Frank Ratcliff

07505 935862

[email protected]

Thomas Donovan


[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Candidate Selection Criteria