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Innovation Forum Euskadi - The future of Medical Devices

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Palacio Euskalduna

4 Abandoibarra Etorbidea

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Innovation Forum Euskadi will host its first event in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) on the 8th of November 2018. This event will reunite the main agents of the Health and Technology sector of the Basque Country including: public and private health, universities, start-ups, incubators, public administration, companies, investors, health cluster, etc. The event will host around 100-150 guests and around 60 students.

The British Embassy supports the event and will organise a closure cocktail.

The event will be divided in three main blocks:

1) Keynote speakers and panel discussions

2) Challenge contest

3) Start-up contest




1) Keynote speakers and panel discussions

The main topics that will be discussed in the event are “The future of Medical devices” and “How to bring the clinical and the technological world closer”.

The keynote speakers will come from:

  • The Innovation Forum networks such as the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Kings College London, UCL, etc.

  • Local speakers with high relevance in the field.




2) Challenge contest

Who presents the challenge? 3 international companies and 3 Basque companies.

What type of challenge? A real challenge that the company is facing, preferably clinically-oriented that could have a technological solution.

Who solves it? Groups of mixed medical, engineering, physiotherapy, innovation and entrepreneurship university students from the main four universities of the Basque Country: UPV/EHU (https://www.ehu.eus/en/en-home), Deusto University (https://www.deusto.es/cs/Satellite/deusto/en/university-deusto), Mondragon University (https://www.mondragon.edu/en/home) and Tecnun (http://www.tecnun.es/). The profile of the students will be selected depending on the needs of the challenges.

When? The challenges will be presented in the morning of the event (8th of November) in front of the whole audience and they will be solved throughout the day. The groups of students will give a final pitch with their solution at the end of the event.

What for?

The objective of the challenge contest is two-fold. Innovation Forum Euskadi wants:

  1. to promote entrepreneurship in the field of Health and Technology among students: the challenge contest will be the perfect environment to plant the seeds for new projects.

  2. to bring the clinical and the technological worlds closer: the groups of students will be multidisciplinary and will work towards solving a clinical challenge. This way we expect to close the gap between the real clinical needs and the technical solutions.

What comes next?

Innovation Forum Euskadi aims at providing a way of facilitating entrepreneurship in the field of Health and Technology. As such, our objective is not only the event but also a continuous support throughout the year. We are currently building a model to make this happen.

Business opportunity

If the challenge is oriented towards neurotechnology, both the company and the team will have the chance to transform the solution into a product through the Newro Initiative led by Tecnalia which will be presented during the event. Companies that are interested in this opportunity can directly contact: lara.diazdegrenu@tecnalia.com




3) Start-up contest

The Imagine IF! Is the start-up contest that takes place every year at the Innovation Forum network. At the Innovation Forum Euskadi event we will hold the local finals. Up to 10 start-ups will present a 3-minute-pitch and the winner will directly attend the Imagine IF! Finale in England.

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