SimDH helps digital health start-ups grow by providing bespoke one-to-one consultancy, group workshops, product development assistance, R&D support, and efficacy testing.
Read on to find out how you can prepare for applications to our third cohort, opening 24 October 2021.
Some people apply to the SimDH programme to benefit from our one-to-one consultancy and group workshops. It then might take a year or two for these businesses to be in a position to collaborate on a new-to-market or new-to-firm product with us. In the meantime, the knowledge gained from our programme allows these businesses to:
If you're within six months of a product launch, have just launched a product or would like an existing product to be improved/tested, then you'd be a great fit for a SimDH collaboration - working one-on-one with our experts, academics and student consultants.
Everyone will complete the first form, which covers:
If you’re looking to apply for a SimDH Collaboration, you’ll want to complete one of the following forms: Product Development Proposal, or Product Evaluation Proposal. You do not have to complete these forms at the same time.
Due to our funding agreements, we have a strict eligibility criteria for businesses joining the SimDH programme. In order to benefit from our expertise in health and social care, psychology, engineering, computer science and more, businesses must be:
To prove you meet our eligibility criteria, you'll need to prepare:
3. Get competitive
To judge your application, we'll ask you a number of questions about your business and products to assess feasibility and potential.
To make the most out of the space you have, it'd be wise to draft summaries about:
You'll also have the chance to upload supporting documentation - so if you have a pitch deck, a business model canvas, UX designs or prototypes, this is your opportunity to show us!
We need to know if SimDH will be a good fit for you, as well as your business being a good fit for us.
Take some time to consider what support you're looking for - and the more specific you can be, the better we can judge your application.
We'll be asking you about:
A Product Development Collaboration with us will help you to access specific areas of expertise in order to launcha new-to-market or new-to-firm product, process or service.
This expertise could be in:
It can be performed on prototypes, MVPs, or on existing products needing additional features.
If you already have an MVP or a product/process/service on the market, completing a product evaluation collaboration will help you prove its' effectiveness to:
If neither collaboration option suits your business right now, don't worry - it won't affect your application. You can always come back to complete a collaboration with SimDH after you graduate your current cohort!
At the end of the application, you'll have a chance to upload any supporting documentation that you feel will support your proposal.
We suggest reviewing NICE Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies before beginning your product development proposal, as this will help you understand the standards you may need to reach to be to achieve a successful launch to market.
At the end of the application, you'll have a final chance to upload any supporting documentation that you feel will support your proposal.
It is also a good idea to review NICE Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies before completing this proposal - as these are the standards your innovation is most likely to be tested against.
Grab a beverage, and we suggest using a computer, rather than a smartphone or tablet, to make your experience as stress-free as possible.
The amount of time it takes for an application to be completed depends on a number of variables. Ensuring you're as prepped as possible for your application will make the process go much faster.
SimDH Cohort 3 applications open from 24 October 2021.