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HealthChain announces Open Call for SMEs: 50.000€ to co-create and pilot a digital solution with a Mirror Region 

HealthChain, a European project funded by the I3 Instrument is excited to announce its Mirror Regions Call for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to address healthcare challenges identified by the healthcare organizations in the Mirror Regions. 

HealthChain builds up on top of five founding regional ecosystems from different EU countries: Murcia (Spain), Centro (Portugal), Western (Slovenia), Primorsko-Goranska (Croatia) and East Netherlands (The Netherlands). As part of the HealthChain Community of Practice, five additional ecosystems are involved to replicate the model known as Mirror Regions: Western (Greece), Navarra (Spain), Castilla y León (Spain), Flanders (Belgium) and Northwest (Romania)

HealthChain’s Mirror Regions are seeking five (5) SMEs (Solvers) to co-create a solution addressing the specific innovation needs (Challenges) identified by the Mirror Regions’ healthcare organisations (Challengers):  

  • OPER-ART – Addressing the uncertainty challenges of radiotherapy through personalised 3D molds used in radiotherapy and brachytherapy.  
  • TRIME: Multi-stage monitoring triage at home for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs  
  • iMOTION: Virtual assistant for voice-activated emotional state recognition in palliative care patients.  
  • MoveBuddy:   Intrinsically motivate obese children with an innovative and child-friendly digital solution that promotes long-term physical activity through gamification.  
  • AITRIS: Automated Imagery Tool Results for Diagnostic and Stadialisation  

You can find a description of each identified challenge on our website: here

Benefits for awarded SMEs: 

  • Jointly co-create and pilot an innovative solution with the Mirror Region stakeholders for 12 months.   
  • Access funding up to 50.000 EUR equity-free.   
  • Get expert support on business modelling and market insights, and access to networks and resources.  
  • Network with other European SMEs and organisations in the HealthChain consortium and explore opportunities for forthcoming projects.  

Who can apply?  

  • The applicants must be Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). 
  • SMEs must be established in the eligible region already part of the HealthChain consortium.  
  • Eligible regions: Murcia (Spain), Catalonia (Spain), Navarra (Spain), Castilla y León (Spain), Centro (Portugal), North (Portugal), any region in Slovenia, any region in Croatia, East and West Netherlands (The Netherlands), Western Greece, Flanders (Belgium) and North-West Romania.  

The Mirror Regions Call for SMEs is open until the 5th of August 2024, at 17:00 Central European Time (CET). The selection will be based on relevance, quality, impact, and value for money. 

For detailed information about the call, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit the HealthChain website at:

About HealthChain  

HealthChain model is based on an innovative approach that brings together the public and private sectors within regional ecosystems to develop demand-driven digital health solutions through co-creation and interregional cooperation between Ecosystem Supporters, Healthcare Organizations and IT companies. This innovative approach aims to improve the quality of healthcare services for citizens and boost the competitiveness of SMEs companies in the digital healthcare sector. 

HealthChain is poised to transform digital health innovation through collaboration, co-creation, and the collective expertise of SMEs across Europe.  

Disclaimer: The HealthChain project is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

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