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Previous Projects and Programmes

Since conception in 2016 TheHill have ran and delivered a large number of programmes, including:

OUH Innovation Pathway

TheHill worked with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to identify the innovative practices that emerged in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the report (PDF).

WE Health

WE Health was an EIT Health Campus programme designed to enhance the participation of women in health innovation and entrepreneurship. WE Health empowers female health innovators by providing training specifically tailored to their needs, offering inspiration and support to help them advance in their professional careers. WE Health also aims to raise awareness of the positive economic and social impact of gender diversity in health innovation, while generating new ideas that promote innovation across the entrepreneur community in a more balanced way.

Open API Bootcamp (2020)

TheHill, as part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Region Skane (Sweden) and Trinity College (Dublin) ran a 6-week training programme in 2020. It was funded by EIT Health.

The Open API Bootcamp was 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.

Ecosystem Mapping Project

The Oxfordshire health, care and wellbeing ecosystem is a diverse and flourishing environment for innovation. We worked with partners across Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley to usefully map the ecosystem, and understand what further support is required for health, care and wellbeing innovators.

Internet of Things (IoT) Pitch-in Project

Pitch-In aims to collaboratively identify and address barriers to the successful development, introduction and further exploitation of Internet of Things technologies across four key sectors, Cities, Energy, Health and Wellbeing and Manufacturing, whilst also overcoming the social and organisational barriers related to Managing the Introduction of IoT.


Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) is a three-year £5.2m programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support innovative Oxfordshire entrepreneurs and businesses by:

  • Assisting in developing and commercialising innovations.
  • Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure in Oxfordshire.
  • Promoting business investment in research and innovation.
  • Developing links between businesses and researchers.

OxLEP delivers the ISfB programme with partners from the University of Oxford, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.