We provide support to health and care innovators and businesses internationally as well as with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) locally across the North West Coast, via our ERDF funded programmes.



Bridging the gap: The Innovation Agency hosted the latest Bridging the Gap conference in autumn 2022. This series of events brings closer together healthcare innovators and decision-makers in the NHS and the care system.

Find out more and watch video highlights here >



Health Matters for SMEs in the North West Coast

Health Matters comprises three collaborative, ERDF-funded programmes connecting businesses with world-class health, care, technology and commercial resources: Cheshire and Warrington Health Matters, Lancashire Health Matters and Liverpool City Region Health Matters. 

Follow the links below for more information about Health Matters where you are:

Cheshire and Warrington Health Matters >

Lancashire Health Matters >

Liverpool City Region Health Matters >


International business support

The Innovation Agency is a proactive participant in the EIT Health Bridgehead programme with over 40 accelerators, incubators and other organisations, helping innovative businesses to expand within Europe and more widely, including the US market.

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The Innovation Agency also an active role in international partnerships including the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Health Knowledge and Innovation Community, and the European Connected Health Alliance.

We are also one of 74 reference sites in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a network of leading organisations working to advance innovation for active and healthy ageing across Europe.

Support for businesses

Eligible businesses can receive support and advice to help them develop and deploy products and services into the health and care sector, with partners supporting activities including:

  • Directing your company to the right people
  • Identifying funding opportunities
  • Relationship brokering, network building and introductions.
  • Real-world validation of products and services, showing evidence of impact and benefits
  • Training workshops and targeted networking events
  • Showcasing your success regionally and nationally
  • Product positioning and value proposition
  • Understanding the NHS landscape
  • Business case development
  • Pitching and presenting support
  • Intellectual Property advice


Innovation Agency Exchange

The Innovation Agency Exchange provides an online forum for colleagues across the healthcare sector to share innovations and challenges, and collaborate on ideas, projects and products to improve patient care.


Digital North Accelerator Programme

Four Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are working together to help digital SMEs increase spread and adoption of their innovations across the whole of the north of England. Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, Health Innovation Manchester, the Innovation Agency and AHSN North East and North Cumbria are jointly delivering a range of supporting activity to facilitate adoption and spread of innovations across the north of England through the Digital North Accelerator Programme

View supported innovations and find out more >


The Innovation Pathway

Our Innovation Pathway highlights the key stages – from conception to completion – where the Innovation Agency offers support, advice and expertise to innovators. 


HealthTec Cluster

The HealthTec Cluster, led by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Innovation Agency and hosted at Sci-Tech Daresbury, aims to bring together these hubs of expertise from across industry, academia, public sector, investor networks and entrepreneurs to stimulate innovation and tackle global challenges. 


Get in touch 

We really want to hear about your innovation, and in order to provide the best possible support and ensure future engagement is both relevant and accurate, please tell us about your company, yourself and your innovation, and we promise to respond within 5 working days. 

Tell us about your innovation by completing our Business Connect enquiry form.

Who to contact for more information:

Mike Kenny

Interim Co-Director of Enterprise and Growth, Innovation Agency

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