It was always an ambition of ours to apply for INVENT, never mind be chosen to win the Enterprise Software Category, however we felt we weren’t ready until 2016.
We knew it was going to be tough- over 100 businesses applied to be part of a 6 month journey of pitches, proposals, business plans, mentoring sessions, showcases….and of course, multiple journeys on the 212 bus from Derry to Belfast.
We knew the drill by now – you enter these programmes and competitions and hope for the best, but are always ready for the news – ‘We love what you are doing, but you have not quite made it’!
This year has been a big year for us. Our team has grown and we have surrounded ourselves with mentors who know their stuff. When we mention their name, people’s reactions are ‘Wow! How did you manage to get them’!
We secured a place on the Propel Programme, which fast tracked our acceleration and helped us to understand our market, our value proposition and our revenue model.
When the NHS General Practice Forward View 2016 placed Social Prescribing as one of 10 action areas for the sustainability of the NHS, we knew we were headed in the right direction.
We launched our social prescription software at the beginning of September at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester and persuaded HSJ Activated Patient Award Winner, Andy Lavender, to join our team as our Activated Patient Advisor.
As a result, we are in negotiations with Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP surgeries and one of the UK’s most successful Social Enterprises to use our software. They see Elemental Social Prescribing Software as a way to streamline and better measure the social prescribing model of care to deliver better outcomes for communities and activate patients.
We pitched last night at the Waterfront in Belfast to a panel of independent expert judges, challenge inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and start-ups to win a share of a £33,000 prize fund, access to a global network and a place on the NI Tech Mission to California and we won!
We are the Enterprise Software category winners of INVENT 2016 and we are very happy.
A massive thank you to our team, mentors, supporters, funders, family and believers!
We hope we have done you proud!