The Innovation Exchange, the initiative that connects large organisations facing innovation challenges with ambitious SMEs that can fast-track solutions, is launching a second call for solutions. The Call for Transformative Solutions in Healthcare which will be open throughout the month of May and its purpose is to recruit innovators that have the talent and capability to address the challenges of a sector facing massive transformation.

Health innovation challenges

The Innovation Exchange is working with organisations in healthcare to identify the critical challenges. To date, we have innovation challenges ready to go from HSE, Health Innovation Hub and EIT Health with additional healthcare corporate partners to be announced in the coming weeks.

Challenges facing the healthcare sector range from the clinical to the digital, from front-end delivery to back-end processes that are fundamental to performance. Many organisations are seeking solutions that involve the application of emerging technologies, such as IoT, artificial intelligence, VR/MR, blockchain and predictive analytics, to drive personalised healthcare, automation, enhanced patient experiences and operational efficiencies.

Over 150 SMEs and 10+ corporate partners on board

The Innovation Exchange was launched in February 2022 when it published its Call for Digital Transformation Solutions. The digital transformation strand is now well underway with over 150 SMEs and 10+ corporate partners participating including Musgrave Group, Glanbia, Ryanair, Carbery, IBM, Select USA and An Post.

The SME innovators, which include well established technology solutions providers as well as start-ups and scale-ups that are developing the next wave of distributive and transformative solutions, get access to a customer pipeline and to a framework that develops their capability to navigate sales and procurement through specialised, tailor-made training.

Join The Innovation Exchange

SMEs are invited to apply to join The Innovation Exchange now.  The call for applications will be open until 31st May and successful applicants will get the opportunity to respond to multiple challenges in the digital transformation and healthcare innovation space over the course of 2022.

The Innovation Exchange is a multi-year programme that facilities collaboration between Irish SME’s and large multinationals to boost innovation. It will support over 1,000 companies between 2022-2025. The programme is managed by Dublin BIC in partnership with Skillnet Ireland.