Digital Health line-up announced for Venturefest South West

Venturefest South West, a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, has announced a top line up of speakers for the digital health sector. Sessions will help participants understand the digital health market, explore market opportunities for digital innovation in the NHS and showcase cutting-edge innovation. The digital health programme will form part of the overall event which will see speakers from the Met Office and Innovate UK share insights.

The digital health programme will also include the opportunity to learn more about how to access the NHS market and participate in individual ‘Market Access Surgeries’ – individual sessions focused on helping digital health innovators/ businesses access the NHS market.

In the morning session Digital Health – the current ‘state of play’, participants will hear from digital health leaders in the healthcare system about the plans for rolling-out digital technology and interoperability across the healthcare system. This session will also consider the challenges associated with developing digital solutions in the healthcare market and help participants to better understand market access in the NHS.
Speakers will include: Annette Benny (IT Lead for NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group), David Calder (Knowledge Transfer Manager for Health, KTN) and Rob Berry (Head of Innovation and Research, Kent-Surrey-Sussex AHSN).
In the afternoon session Digital health – the opportunity for innovators, Cathy Francis (Regional Director for Patients and Information (South), Department of Health) will set out the future trends in the digital health market and highlight potential opportunities for innovators and businesses to respond to the challenges facing the NHS.

Lars Sundstrom (West of England AHSN) will share his views on the future of the digital health market, drawing on experiences developing the Diabetes Digital Coach Test Bed, followed by real world examples of innovators developing digital health solutions, including Ignat Drosdov, Managing Director of Bering Limited ; Jonathan Burr, CEO of Intelesant ; Matt Jameson Evans, Chief Medical Officer of HealthUnlocked ; and others.

The day will conclude with a ‘deep dive’ into the mobile health market with Dr George Brighton (GP and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneurship Fellow) and Dr Craig Newman (Senior Research Fellow & Mobile Health Tech Innovations Lead at Plymouth University). Participants will be taken through the key things to consider when developing a mobile health application, including usability design, regulation, efficacy/evidence and patient engagement.

Lars Sundstrom, Director of Enterprise and Translation, West of England AHSN said: “ What an exciting and rich programme of speakers, masterclasses and networking, there’s going to be something valuable and interesting at Venturefest South West for everyone. The digital health programme will provide a fantastic mix of perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for ventures in the digital health market, from NHS leaders, to real-world innovators and NHS market access experts. I’m thrilled to be part of such a great event and look forward to sharing our experiences developing the Diabetes Digital Coach Test Bed.”

Venturefest South West will be held at Sandy Park, Exeter on 18th October and will bring together hundreds of talented small enterprise innovators and entrepreneurs from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset along with investors on the lookout for emerging talent.

Venturefest South West is free to attend and aims to help innovators develop their ideas and support entrepreneurs in securing investment. Attendees can make valuable connections and take away insights and advice from world-class speakers and the region’s trailblazing technology companies through a mix of talks, workshops and exhibitions.

As well as Digital Health, the event will focus on innovation in Agri Tech, Marine Tech, Creative Digital including games development, Photonics and Big Data.

An Innovation Showcase at Venturefest South West will host companies at all stages of growth exhibiting their innovative products, services and technology in an interactive area giving delegates the chance to touch, try and experience the latest designs from the region.

Venturefest South West also hosts the finals of Pitchfest which will provide technology innovators with a platform to pitch their business ideas to potential investors as well as Hackfest, a schools competition for young technology enthusiasts and innovators of the future.

Venturefest South West is on 18th October 2016 at Sandy Park, Exeter. The event is free to attend and is sponsored by Innovate UK. Those wishing to attend need to register at

Market Access Surgeries for the digital health community can be booked at or contact for more details.