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Open API Bootcamp

TheHill as part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Region Skane (Sweden) and Trinity College (Dublin) is offering a 6-week training programme designed to support early stage start-ups and SME focused on digital health. This EIT Health funded initiative is aimed at tackling three key challenges facing start-ups offering digital solutions in the healthcare sector including:

customer acceptance

integration with existing technology and systems

international expansion


EIT Health Bootcamps are intensive incubation programmes for European teams with an idea for a new healthcare product that is in the research and development stage.

Bootcamps target teams of MSc, MDs and PhD students and/or postdocs, patients, informal caregivers and collaborators, as well as professionals. The teams are supported in designing and validating a business model. Bootcamps give participants an understanding of the market potential, competition and target customers for their innovations.

The six EIT Health Bootcamps in 2020 are: CRAASH Barcelona, BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp, Patient Innovation Bootcamp, OpenAPI Bootcamp, MedTech Bootcamp, and Validation Lab Bootcamp. Companies registered with TheHill are eligible to apply for any of these.

TheHill’s Bootcamp

Our Bootcamp will introduce you to the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for the Application Programming Interface (API) which means your product will be able to integrate with the major providers of EPR systems. Representatives of some of those services will be present to help troubleshoot your technical integration in addition to the marketing and business advice you need for your product.

Project teams will benefit from direct exposure to the British and Swedish healthcare ecosystems, insights from the Irish system, and sessions geared to user-centred design and open-API design for generalisation, internationalisation and portability. Technical advice and real-world case studies from system providers within the industry will help teams develop their innovations to be compatible with existing systems across three different countries.

The training programme includes intensive online training and mentoring from experienced industry professionals including talks, master classes, workshops, online social events, peer learning and mentoring. Ten teams will work through their product-market and product-solution fit; focusing particularly on fit with user practices, technical integration with major electronic patient record providers (such as Cerner, Intersystems, Philips, Graphnet and others) and generalisation across multiple healthcare systems.

This is a unique opportunity to explore different parts of Europe and develop your project in a historical forefront for research and innovation and to contribute to shaping the future of digital health. This programme will offer you great prospects to scale up your business and gain access to different healthcare systems and markets across Europe.

Applications are now closed.
Check back next year.

Who is it for?
We are looking for entrepreneurial teams with mature needs-led digital healthcare innovation ideas that would interact with national healthcare systems. Each team should consist of a technical specialist and user-focused specialist.

How to apply?
Submit your application via EIT Health before 15 June 2020. Applications will be reviewed and selected candidates invited to an interview panel.

The selection process in progress and due to large number of applications the interviews are taking place later than initially suggested. The applicants will be notified and invited for interview in early July instead of at the end of June.

What is the time commitment?
A technical specialist and user-focused specialist are required to attend the six-week bootcamp consisting of face-to-face training in Oxford and Lund and remote mentoring from experienced industry professionals.

The training will be delivered between 14 September and 23 October either as three residential weeks with online mentoring, or six weeks online.

Where will it take place?
The original dates and locations of the face-to-face training were planned to take place between 14 September and 23 October in Lund (Sweden) and Oxford (United Kingdom) with remote mentoring taking place in between the face-to-face sessions.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we are putting together an alternative plan for online delivery of the content between 14 September and 23 October. We are carefully designing the programme to accommodate participants’ circumstances, ensure peer-to-peer interaction and organise online social events. Experts from all over Europe will join us and we will make sure to share some of our Oxford traditions.

What is the cost?
The 6 week programme is entirely free to attend. Teams will also receive a travel allowance to cover the cost of travel and accommodation; more information will be communicated to selected candidates.

Diversity and inclusion
We are committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds. Our team and experts are are happy to further support with 1:1 personal development sessions upon request.

Download the slides from the Bootcamp
TheHill Oxford – Open API bootcamp webinar May 2020 FINAL

Where can I find out more?
More details will be shared on this page as we have them. If you have questions or comments about the Bootcamp, please contact our team.