AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator

The AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator is an R&D-focused programme that supports pre-revenue and early-stage companies* developing products or services with health and wellbeing applications that align with the AWRCs impact themes. The programme is accessed via a competitive application process and provides the accepted cohort with a range of valuable support to help them get their innovation closer to market and/or enter new markets. The programme does not take equity and is fully funded via University contributions and private sector sponsorship. Based in Sheffield Hallam’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, participants have access to world-class R&D capabilities to carry out design and rapid prototyping, through to precision engineering of prototype components. The centre also houses laboratories for proof-of-concept testing and a clinical research floor to test innovations with end-users for usability assessments or initial pilot studies to support development of the evidence base. The AWRC also leverages its ecosystem of supportive individuals and organisations to help startup founders to grow their networks; forge new collaborations and help to secure public and private investment. Following the defined accelerator programme, the programme team will work with the cohort to develop collaborative grant funding applications - decided on a case by case basis following our assessment of the fit to the specific call criteria. Applications for the programme remain open until 14th February – the form to complete is easy to find on our website <a href="https://www.shu.ac.uk/advanced-wellbeing-research-centre/accelerator">https://www.shu.ac.uk/advanced-wellbeing-research-centre/accelerator</a>

Partner: Sheffield Hallam University

The Wellbeing Accelerator at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) helps startups to bring health and wellbeing innovations to market. The AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator is a rolling programme running from April 2020–March 2021. It will support startups, academics and businesses working in wellbeing with mentoring, sector expertise and specialist facilities.

The programme does not take equity and is funded by Research England. Based in Sheffield Hallam’s new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, participants will have access to world-class R&D capabilities for rapid prototyping through to precision engineering. This includes laboratories for product testing, support networks and a clinical research centre.