The European granting scene

The European granting scene workshop on 5 November of the V4 Healthcare programme of @Startup Campus financed by the @International Visegrad Fund in collaboration with @CIVITTA, @DEX Innovation Hub and @Startup Hub Poland introduces granting opportunities in the broader European area.

Tony Lesowiec, a consultant with over 25 years' businesses development expertise, backed-up with over 30 years’ in research and innovation and a grant acquisition specialist, accessed over £250m for organisations will introduced the healthcare focused projects. Tony is the Director of Key Stone Innovation and a seasoned business coach (including Horizon 2020 coach for SMEs) and mentor. Sectors he has covered include engineering, smart manufacturing, transport, renewable energy, environmental technologies, healthcare devices, advanced materials, nanotechnologies, electronics, telecoms, sensors, automation, robotics, food and drink, packaging.

We asked some questions prior to the webinar on 5 November to grasp Tony’s understanding on the healthcare startup ecosystem:

What do you think, what are the main challenges of the healthcare industry in the post-covid era? 

" The UK remains a leading player in the global healthcare sector in a UK market size in the region of around £16.1 billion. However much of the sector has faced huge challenges as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for health care providers which has created a significant drain on resources and increased the need for capacities and support infrastructures. For some organisations however, there have been substantial gains (e.g. for providers of respiratory support devices, masks, hygiene products, health monitoring devices etc)."

How can innovation solve these issues?

" Innovation is the key to improvement and growth. There are opportunities for healthcare businesses throughout the supply-chain to drive-up efficiencies and performances including sub-sectors such as: health care provision, personalised medicine, improved health care monitoring and management systems, new medical devices and new drug discovery and development using the latest technological advancements in R&D."

What is your best advice for the healthcare startups of the future?

"There are many startups in the sector and sound practice should cover the flowing elements: keeping a strong commercial focus (not just the R&D development path), identification and partnerships with established route to markets organisations, creating licencing models and distributor agreements for rapid and wide market take-up, and robust intellectual property protection."

We are looking forward to meeting Tony on 5 November, if interested you can register here!


The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.