The AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator

Helping startups bring health and wellbeing innovations to market

The AWRC Wellbeing Accelerator is a rolling programme running from April 2020–March 2021. It will support startups, academics and businesses working in wellbeing with mentoring, sector expertise and specialist facilities. The programme does not take equity and is funded by Research England.

Based in Sheffield Hallam’s new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, participants will have access to world-class R&D capabilities for rapid prototyping through to precision engineering. This includes laboratories for product testing, support networks and a clinical research centre.

The programme is virtual and split into two phases. Startups join as small monthly cohorts and dial in via Zoom for mentoring and consulting support.

In phase 1 of the programme, from 1 April - 31 July 2020, we recruited 3 monthly cohorts each containing 5 startups: our first cohort in April, our second cohort in June and our third cohort in July.

In phase 2, running from 7 September, we we recruited a further 13 startups in two cohorts in September and November. We also recruited our first two associate startups on to the programme who receive limited support in the form of workshops and mentoring. 

Below is an infographic summary of the accelerator at the end of 2020: 

End of 2020 Report

Programme benefits

  • Up to £20,000 of support to accelerate product development, including rapid prototyping and specialist consulting
  • Access to our research expertise, specialist facilities, high-end equipment and incubator space
  • Workshops on topics such as cyber security, selling into the NHS, business development, GDPR and innovation
  • Mentoring sessions from leading industry figures (PDF, 790.1KB)
  • Introductions to our investor network
  • Events and networking opportunities
  • Access to partner products and services
  • Up to £1000 to support travel and accommodation 

Applications are now closed.