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Calling the most innovative organisations in Europe: Matchmaking sessions for Active and Healthy Ageing









In the context of the WE4AHA CSA, Innovation to Market (I2M) is organising a matchmaking event in February 2020. It will support organisations looking to implement digital Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) solutions, but not finding close matches on the market.  


UPDATE:  I2M is now happy to announce that participating demand-side organisation will obtain:

  • A free ticket for 4YFN. 4YFN is the startup event of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA Mobile World Congress. 4YFN convenes the brightest talent with the greatest ideas to develop the technologies of tomorrow
  • €500 Reimbursement in concept of travel expenses.


The “usual problem”

The commercialisation of any Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) solution is a complex task, especially when the solution is used by health and care professionals. Selling into healthcare organisations, such as hospitals or insurers, is challenging. Solutions need to fit the professionals’ workflow and specific requirements, and clinicians rarely have the time available to scout in detail for market offerings.

We want to help!

Matchmaking will match demand-related unmet needs from healthcare organisations with supply-led digital solutions. It targets healthcare providers, insurers and pharmaceutical companies looking for a concrete AHA digital solution and who are ready to implement it in their organisation. I2M Partners will:

  • Help them to clarify their needs and requirements
  • Research the best matching solutions
  • Organise a physical event where participants can meet, facilitating introductions and networking. 

Why Participate?

The aim of this matchmaking is accelerating commercialisation. The benefits to participate for healthcare organisations are: 

  • Meet the latest technological developments in AHA that can solve your need
  • Connect with other healthcare providers who have similar needs
  • Access a large network of European innovators
  • Gain visibility in the European healthcare community as an innovative healthcare organisation through social media, press releases and other media coverage. 

The benefits for AHA solutions providers are:

  • Connect with potential customers
  • Get a better understanding of customers’ and users’ needs
  • Gain visibility in the European healthcare community as an excellent solution provider through social media, press releases and other media coverage.

Selected participants will have the chance to attend the session which will be organised in the frame of 4YFN.

4YFN is the startup event of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA MWC. 4YFN convenes the brightest talent with the greatest ideas to develop the technologies of tomorrow. 4YFN is where top-flight investors connect with the hottest startups to change the world and where major corporations find early stage innovation to acquire or commercialise. 4YFN is committed to build the startup ecosystem for a better future.

How to participate?

If you are a public or private healthcare/social organisation, submit your digital need now. Deadline for submission is 14th November 2019 23:59 CET.

If you are a solution provider, I2M will launch the registration for your digital solution(s) in December 2019. We will keep you posted!

What are the evaluation criteria for a need to be selected?

WE4AHA partners will select those needs that have the greatest:

  • Expected impact for the hospital, healthcare professionals, and patients (e.g., health outcomes, cost savings, and the degree of satisfaction of end-users).
  • Scalability. Scaling covers whether the identified need affects a sizable proportion of the population and whether there are other organisations that might share the same challenge/need.
  • Commitment of the organisation to implement a solution in the short term. 

What is next? 

Up to four needs will be selected.

  • I2M Partners will contact the selected organisations to refine the need and better understand their requirements.
  • WE4AHA Partners will look for the digital solution available on the market. Up to four solutions per need will be selected.
  • I2M will invite both the organisation with the need and the solution providers to a live one-day matchmaking event organised between 24-26 February 2020 in Barcelona (4YFN).


14 November 2019    Call for needs deadline
21 November 2019  Announcement of selected healthcare organisations
2 December 2019 Launch of the call for problem solvers 
30 January 2020 Announcement of selected problem solvers 

24-26 February 2020                              

Live event: 4YFN BARCELONA








Who is behind this initiative?

WE4AHA is a EU-funded coordination and support action that aims to advance the effective, large-scale uptake and impact of Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), by building a comprehensive set of support and promotion services. These February 2019 matchmaking sessions are part of the Innovation to Market (I2M) Plan that WE4AHA has created. The plan is addressed to organisations delivering AHA services and solution suppliers. It aims at facilitating relationships, mutual understanding, and scaling-up, and at increasing the impact of innovative technology-driven solutions on the AHA market.Ticbiomed is the partner in charge of this action. 

Related action groups: 
A1 Adherence to prescription, A2 Falls prevention, A3 Lifespan Health Promotion & Prevention of Age Related Frailty and Disease, B3 Integrated care, C2 Independent living solutions, D4 Age friendly environments
Relevance to partnership: 
Active ageing and independent living, Care and cure, Horizontal issues and framework conditions, Prevention, screening and early diagnosis