Digital health business, Kaido, has successfully secured a £50,000 investment from the SME Innovation Fund to market test, refine and deliver their connected health platform.
The SME Innovation Fund is a joint initiative set up by Mercia Fund Management, leading investment business in UK innovation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercia Technologies PLC and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), to help build and support healthcare start-ups across the West Midlands.
The WMAHSN brings together investment, energy and expertise from across the health science community. In collaborating with Mercia, it provides repayable grants of up to £50,000 for up to ten new innovations each year to support innovations that have the potential to deliver a high impact for society, grow the reputation of healthcare delivery within the West Midlands, both in the UK and abroad, and support the spread and adoption of patient-focused innovation across the region.
Kaido uses smart technology and access to world leading expertise to help individuals get more from their health applications, wearable devices and smartphones in line with their health goals and are one of 24 start-ups currently on Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator. They were awarded the funding following a competitive application and interview process.
Richard Westman, Founder of Kaido, said: “The SME Innovation Fund has come at a really important time for Kaido as we look to grow the team and accelerate development. It was critical that our world-leading sports science expertise was matched by the same level of technology infrastructure to deliver on our vision. Working alongside renowned artificial intelligence developer, Jeremy Walker, and his team, demonstrates this commitment. I am looking forward to learning from the teams at Mercia and WMAHSN over coming months and excited by the potential opportunities this unique collaboration may bring in the future.”
Serendip co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners. Based on the first floor of the Campus’ 42,149 sq ft iCentrum building, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups.
Dr Christopher Parker CBE, Managing Director at WMAHSN, said: “We are delighted that Kaido has been successful in securing investment from the SME Innovation Fund. We are already supporting Kaido with their presence in the Digital Health Quarter of the Serendip Smart City Incubator, in which we are a major partner. The fund is a further sign of our commitment to SMEs in the West Midlands’ life sciences sector, helping to create wealth in the local economy through industry collaboration and attracting inward investment, as well as delivering improvements in healthcare by aiding the spread of innovative diagnostics, devices and services at scale and pace.”
Peter Dines, Head of Life Sciences at Mercia, said: “The WMAHSN SME Innovation Fund is designed to support early stage innovative companies based in the West Midlands. We are impressed by the Kaido team led by Richard Westman and their collective vision to exploit what is a very interesting innovation in a fast moving sector set to continue to grow. We look forward to providing support to the Kaido team as they continue on their journey.”
Have a wearable device or smartphone application that you use to track your health and fitness? Then sign up to the Kaido platform now at www.kaido.co.uk to receive bespoke health insights.
For additional information on Kaido, visit www.kaidogroup.com.