The healthcare sector is incubating in the Nuremberg and Erlangen region – this is where the world of business and excellent research institutions in the healthcare sector come together. The Digital Health Hub for the region around Nuremberg and Erlangen focuses on digitisation in the healthcare sector and promotes unique ideas that generate added value for industry and society.
To create the best possible cooperation partnerships, the Digital Health Hub brings together expertise from the scientific community and the business world. Technologies and networks with leading international research institutions and companies from the medical technology sector are thus taken to the next level and supported locally. The backers of the Digital Health Hub – ZOLLHOF in Nuremberg, the Medical Valley medical technology cluster and the Health Hackers Erlangen – provide a wide range of services: besides organising various digitisation measures, the ecosystem is primarily dedicated to the nurturing of young talent. The Hub wants to improve the quality of healthcare with the expertise of its network by stimulating the healthcare growth market.
The Digital Hub Nuremberg is a generator of ideas in various technological fields. It therefore evaluates user-centric digital business models from a wide range of industries; the focus is on business models in the fields of digital health, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence. Through these diverse specialisations, ZOLLHOF helps both start-ups and established companies to bring new digital business models onto the market. With a broad network of entrepreneurs, established companies, start-ups and students, it is a key pillar of the digital ecosystem in the region and beyond.
Faces behind the Hub
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mentalis offers people with mental illnesses seamless, digital aftercare following hospital treatment. Using algorithm-based apps and tele-coaching, the Nuremberg-based start-up effectively stabilises successful therapy, reduces rehospitalisation rates and healthcare costs, prevents more complex follow-up treatments and alleviates individual suffering. The start-up is supported by ZOLLHOF in Nuremberg as well as by Medical Valley EMN e. V.
The start-up Climedo has teamed up with Europe's leading hospitals to develop an innovative cloud-based platform for the clinical validation of medical and pharmaceutical products that will meet current needs. Together with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health, for instance, Climedo has developed a quarantine app for health authorities to simplify the management of suspected coronavirus cases. The start-up has been part of the hub from the very beginning and was involved in the first batch of the start-up support programme.
ZOLLHOF Start-up Support Program
We make entrepreneurship happen – that is ZOLLHOF's mission. And since different visions also require different approaches, there is no set curriculum, but a completely personalised programme to help start-ups take their idea to the next level. To this end, it shares expertise in the form of coaching, mentoring or sessions with experts, provides access to the (healthcare) ecosystem and generates visibility through PR and pitching opportunities.
In the Talent Programme, students are trained for three months to become the entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs of the future. During the programme, they work on a partner company’s challenge from customer discovery to the first validated prototype. This enables companies to validate hypotheses within a very short space of time. At the same time, around 70 per cent of the talented individuals start their careers at the partner companies or in the start-up ecosystem after completing the programme.
In Erlangen, the internationally recognized Medical Valley innovation cluster sets new standards in the field of digital health. Work is carried out here on current and future healthcare challenges in conjunction with world-renowned research institutions. In combination with the international market position and competitive position of individual players, this provides ideal conditions for the rapid development of products, processes and services. Just like the other backers of the Digital Health Hub, Medical Valley offers various programmes. These include the Medical Valley Award, which funds pre-start-up projects in the healthcare sector, or hackathons, during which programmers, doctors, nurses and people from the health economy design digital solutions for various tasks.
Faces behind the Hub
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inContAlert enables people with incontinence problems and bladder disorders to lead a self-determined life. The young start-up has developed a sensor that conveniently displays the current level of urine in the bladder to patients on their smartphones. This is designed to prevent uncontrolled urine loss and damage to the kidneys. The sensor works using a clever combination of infrared spectroscopy and machine learning algorithms.
H+ Innovation Program
H+ is a cross-sector innovation program with a focus on digital health solutions. It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration by accelerating startups through modular curricula, and individually tailored mentoring and networking activities, bringing together people of diverse skills. Partners in this program are the InsurTech Hub Munich and the dmac - Medical Valley Digital Health Application Center.
Medical Valley Award
The Medical Valley Award is a pre-start-up grant from the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and is aimed at academic research projects with spin-off potential in an early project phase. Up to five teams are awarded a grant of €500,000..