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Introducing the Catalyst 2016 cohort

Fri 4th November 2016

Following a competitive process which involved pitching to a seasoned panel of judges, the businesses that have been selected to take part in this year’s Catalyst Programme can now be introduced. The judges all agreed that these young businesses show considerable promise, demonstrate clear solutions to real problems and are poised for commercialisation.



What’s the idea? A gateway for individuals, organisations and businesses to begin their Internet of Things (IOT) journey.

Why is it important? Many do not currently understand the potential benefits of the IOT landscape and require consultancy, hardware and software to move their organisation forward. The aim is to build the UK’s largest IOT community by reselling devices coupled with freemium applications and consultancy services.

How will it work? After conducting research and presenting impartial evidence, a bespoke IOT strategy is created in line with the organisations’ objectives and budget.



What’s the idea? A 3D printed replacement heart valve (PILLAR™ valve) designed for personalised, long-lasting care.  The device will make a quantum shift in design, efficiency and production costs.

Why is it important? Overall demand for heart valve intervention due to an ageing population has increased and there is uncertainty surrounding the suitability and durability of existing devices.

How will it work? The intellectual property comprises an innovative 3D printed heart valve frame and a unique method of manufacture. The solution will make it possible to reduce the production cost of replacement heart valves and provide a means to swiftly manufacture patient-specific devices.


What’s the idea? An app for GPs to refer to patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Why is it important? 30% of appointments in general practice are about musculoskeletal related conditions. The aim is to facilitate GP management of these conditions and instigate early rehabilitation, expediting patient recovery, whilst reducing the demand for GP appointments.

How will it work? The app will feature a graded exercise programme delivered with pictures and videos, along with advice on pain management, general activity and posture. It will provide comprehensive, convenient and timely care for musculoskeletal conditions and keep the GP informed of progress via a final outcome report.



What’s the idea? An instant secure messaging app to assist doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all other healthcare professionals.

Why is it important? Everyone works in small teams in the NHS and communication between them is difficult and cumbersome, often requiring written referrals, physically taking notes to specialists, faxing and waiting for responses. The aim is to simplify and expedite communications for more than 1.5 million people who work in the health service.

How will it work? The HiveWire app will make communicating fast and simple through one network which connects all hospital staff. With a straightforward user interface, it will facilitate multidisciplinary care and enable more doctor-patient contact time.



What’s the idea? A new knitting app which empowers users to design their own knitting and crochet patterns to create beautiful garments that are totally unique.

Why is it important? Knitting has seen a resurgence amid the UK’s crafting boom with over seven million knitters and a hugely active online community. However patterns are notoriously hard to understand and easy to get wrong. The aim is to enable knitters across the UK to design and create their own garments.

How will it work? Combining engineering and design, the app will help knitters to make the garment they have designed by giving them visual step-by-step instructions. It will work with any wool, any garment, any size and any texture.



What’s the idea? A comprehensive subscription-based library of ‘how to’ videos to assist those with learning disabilities.

Why is it important? There are over one million adults in the UK with learning disabilities, who can often struggle to achieve the day-to-day tasks many take for granted. The aim is to improve consistency of patient care, increase operational efficiencies and deliver cost reductions to organisations involved in care provision.

How will it work? Accessible simply with a smart device and an internet connection, the service will support independence and develop the user’s life skills, in turn building self-confidence, reducing anxiety and opening up new opportunities. EasyVideo tracks live data, creating a dashboard to assess effectiveness and conduct ongoing needs analysis.



What’s the idea? An injectable and sprayable nanoclay-gel that has the potential to revolutionise bone repair in both humans and animals.

Why is it important? With an ageing population, there are nine million osteoporotic fractures each year and many fractures within the younger generations do not heal effectively either, with up to 10% of bones failing to realign properly. The aim is to help clinicians heal bone fractures more easily, more cost-effectively and more safely in this significant and expanding market.

How will it work? The unique nanoclay-gel solution encapsulates biological agents in an easy, one-step procedure, and offers proven localised delivery allowing step change reduction in effective dose, increasing both safety and efficacy of therapeutics.


What’s the idea? A self sustaining social business accelerator set to revolutionise the way aid is provided in the developing world through carefully constructed micro-enterprises.

Why is it important? 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa do not attend school while menstruating and 1 in 3 people globally don’t have access to a toilet. The aim is to equip people living on under $3 per day to help themselves, stimulate the local economy and provide the vital employment needed to eradicate some of the world’s key social issues.

How will it work? A portfolio of micro-enterprises will be owned and run in local communities, replacing unsustainable aid with localised trade. Each enterprise addresses a range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and all have a particular focus on: good health, quality education, gender equality and no poverty.