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Healthcare innovators from across the South of England have been in Guildford this week to test out their business ideas in a four-day programme hosted by SETsquared and KSS AHSN. 

The Health Innovation Programme (HIP) is a comprehensive business support programme designed for healthcare and life science businesses at various stages of development. It offers expert-led workshops that help healthcare entrepreneurs build pitching skills, write a compelling business plan, navigate the NHS landscape and find funding sources. 

Among the innovations being developed to improve patient care were plans for community based health checks, a new approach to glaucoma care, an innovative stent design and a digital solution for services that manage musculoskeletal patients. 

KSS AHSN and the three other Academic Health Science Networks in the South of England joined forces with SETsquared in 2014 to set up this pioneering programme. It aims to enable effective and better value healthcare technologies to benefit patients quicker than ever. 

SETsquared is a partnership between five leading research-led UK universities: Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Twice ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, it provides a wide range of highly acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses. 

More than 200 innovators have now passed through this programme including NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellows, companies that are now on the Innovation Technology Tariff/Payment and many of the companies have gone on to secure significant private and public sector funding (eg SBRI Healthcare).