15. MSD

Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars winner demonstrates an impressive collaboration that has created a new kind of accelerator

Pharmaceutical company MSD is exploring how start-ups can transform lives, through their VelocityHealth programme – the first preventative healthcare accelerator in the UK. A remarkable collaboration with Telefonica’s well-established start-up accelerator,

A remarkable collaboration with Telefonica’s well-established start-up accelerator, Wayra, it invests in new technologies that address challenges outlined by the NHS. Working with start-ups helps MSD to innovate outside of the traditional healthcare models – something they believe is key to identifying new and sustainable ways of delivering patient care.

By dedicating a facilitator for each start-up, MSD is also ensuring that they find either a product or capability-specific route to scale through the organisation, while encouraging customers to get involved in the design and production process.

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Image courtesy of SVC2UK CEO Summit 2015.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644104.

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