Propel@YH is a nationally recognised accelerator programme for healthcare SMEs and innovators that is managed by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network
Find out more in our latest Impact Report

Previous SMEs on the Propel@YH programme have benefitted from gaining additional support, funding, growth and real-world evaluation opportunities. For further details, read our Impact Report.

Recognising that the sales cycle within healthcare can be challenging and often lengthy, Propel@YH will provide a structured programme of support and advice that will enable organisations to accelerate their growth and market presence in the longer term.

Propel@YH will deliver a unique and tailored set of advisory, guidance and support services to enable organisations from around the world to bring their innovative digital health and patient solutions to the region’s patients and the wider health economy.

During the six-month programme, the cohort businesses will attend masterclasses, digital innovator surgeries, matchmaking events and activities centred around human-centred design, clinical safety by design and understanding procurement in the NHS.

This will include access to expert partner organisations, including NHS provider and commissioning organisations, academic organisations and primary care representatives. They will also receive expert mentorship and dedicated one-to-one support, covering topics such as marketing, legal, finance and more.

Find out what other innovators say about our programme in our Impact Report

In order to apply for Propel@YH, your organisation should be a medium, small or micro company innovating in digital health, based on EU SME definitions and have:

• Less than 250 employees
• Less than or equal to €50m turnover per annum
• A balance sheet not exceeding €43m
• Worldwide suitability
• Office space within the Yorkshire and Humber region or a strong commitment to do so.
• Or commit to having a full-time employee working within the Yorkshire and Humber region
• Availability for key dates (launch date, masterclass sessions etc, or be able to field a representative)

Applications are submitted via the following secure website:

You will need to setup an account and this will let you complete your application over time and save your progress

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Application forms and video presentations will be assessed and a shortlist of 12 organisations will be drawn up. Shortlisted organisations will be supported to develop their proposition and invited to pitch to a panel of experts, including representatives from industry, the NHS and across the health and care landscape; patients and investment groups.

Following the pitch event, ten organisations will be chosen to participate in the six-month Propel@YH 2021 Digital Health Accelerator Programme.

Applications Open – Friday 1st July
Applications Close – 4pm, Friday 2nd Sept
Panel Application review (if selected) either Wednesday 14th or Thursday 15th September
Successful Candidates notified – Tuesday 20th Sept

The programme runs from October 2022 to March 2023, they will be 10 days of masterclasses and 5 days of support. See below for exact dates. The sessions will be in person in Leeds

Launch Event: 4pm, Thurs 6th Oct
Programme Introduction Day – Thurs 13th Oct
Growth & Spread Masterclass – Friday 14th Oct
Sustainability Masterclass – Thursday 3rd Oct
Stakeholder & Selling in the NHS Masterclass – Fri 4th Nov
Legal Masterclass – Thurs 24th Nov
Funding, Finance, Grants & Procurement Masterclass – Fri 25th Nov
Clinical Governance Masterclass – Thurs 8th Dec
Evidence & Evaluation – Fri 9th Dec
Inclusive Design & Managing inequalities Masterclass – Wed 14th Dec
Product Design, Interoperability & Interfaces Masterclass – Thurs 15th Dec

This video should complement the written application form and is intended to help the assessment panel learn more about you, your organisation and the solutions that you provide.

Consider it an opportunity to remotely give the assessment panel your elevator pitch. Feel free to be creative in how you deliver your message, but please ensure sound and lighting are of a sufficient quality to ensure your message is clearly articulated.

Once recorded, please upload to YouTube on an unlisted link, and copy and paste the url link into the online application form.

If you experience any problems, please email

Yes, though your organisation must not be currently participating in an accelerator elsewhere within the UK. If you have previously participated in an accelerator, you will need to provide a summary of the outcomes.

The full list of Propel@YH experts and mentors will be announced shortly

The final listings will be made available to the cohort business upon joining the programme, but the schedule will include masterclasses, expert partner clinics, matchmaking events and activities centred around human-centred design, clinical safety by design and understanding procurement in the NHS.

Propel@YH is based at Nexus in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where most of the programme masterclasses and events will take place.

Funding is not offered as part of the Propel@YH Digital Health Accelerator Programme. However, our six-month programme will deliver a unique and tailored set of advisory, guidance and support services which will include signposting or introductions to organisations who may be able to provide financial support.