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Digital Clipboard

Digital Clipboard

Digital Clipboard
Software developers

Healthcare technology company develops advanced digital-note-taking platform for healthcare practitioners
Ambitions
Electronic Health Records (EHR) are being adopted across the healthcare sector. Yet many clinicians are still using inefficient paper, or struggling with clunky computers – while patients complain that that their doctors spend more time looking at a screen than a human body. In 2013, entrepreneur Brian James bridged the gap with Digital Clipboard, a simple digital note-taking platform.
After meeting at an Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus Innovation event, Professor Tony Young introduced the company to The MedBIC. Since then, their start-up has progressed rapidly.
Partnerships
The MedBIC has opened many doors for Digital Clipboard, connecting the company to potential partners and numerous funding streams.

The MedBIC has opened many doors for Digital Clipboard, connecting the company to potential partners and numerous funding streams.

Each new occupant is personally introduced to existing ones. This gives businesses under one roof the opportunity to network with like-minded people and explore new ways of thinking and working. Digital Clipboard have benefited from such introductions and are now working with surgically-sterilised tablet cover developers and fellow Occupant FutureNova.

The company has now gone on to take part in an ERDF funded Low Carbon Knowledge Transfer Programme that will see the company benefit even further.
Results
Through the ERDF Low Carbon KEEP project, Digital Clipboard have accessed funds that will allow them to employ a researcher to develop a clinical testing methodology, clinical trials and a community of users to support further development of the application.

The Proof of Concept Scheme has also supported the company by giving £10,000 of in-kind support which has contributed to the following six months’ worth of accommodation space at The MedBIC and business support assistance from an appropriate academic.

“We became an occupant of The MedBIC in early November 2014 and are still amazed at what we achieved in just the first two weeks,” recalls Brian. “Through its Proof of Concept Scheme we received £10 000 of in-kind support and raised £70 000 in match funding from the Smart Money for Bright Businesses ERDF-funded programme.”
Brian James, Founder of Digital Clipboard

Digital Clipboard is one of many examples of how we provide a cost-effective way of helping start-up and early-stage businesses become more competitive and profitable by accessing academic knowledge and expertise.

Stent Tek

Stent Tek

Stent Tek
Medical Device

Stent Tek Ltd is a UK medical device startup currently going through the development phase of a novel minimally invasive system for vascular fistula creation.
Stent Tek first heard about The MedBIC during a MedTech Campus meetup. They were one of the first companies to set up an office at the innovation centre. Newly founded, they were looking for a medical device focused incubator-space and The MedBIC fitted the bill. In their first year, the start-up was awarded grant funding through the MedBIC’s Proof of Concept scheme which was very helpful in funding their early business development activities.

The business accommodation and having the MedBIC serve as our operating address has been very helpful along with the academic support. The workshops and conferences organised by the Medtech Campus have also been instrumental in our development.

The business accommodation and having the MedBIC serve as our operating address has been very helpful along with the academic support. The workshops and conferences organised by the Medtech Campus have also been instrumental in our development.
The MedBIC was one of the first organizations to support our company and has had a large impact on our ability to raise funding and expand our network of medtech innovators and business contacts.
The MedBIC supporting Essex business growth

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Stent Tek is one of many examples of how we provide a cost-effective way of helping start-up and early-stage businesses become more competitive and profitable by accessing academic knowledge and expertise.

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