26 Apr 2019
London South Bank University is the leading Higher Education provider of business and innovation support programmes in London funded by the European Regional Development Fund. We are currently leading on three research and innovation projects and supporting the delivery of two SME competitiveness programmes, with a total value of £6.6 million. Through these programmes, over the next three years, we aim to support over 1000 SMEs, create 120 jobs, bring over 180 new products and services to firms and markets and create over 100 long-term collaborations with innovative SMEs.
Our ERDF-supported programmes include Simulation for Digital Health (SimDH), a free programme supporting health tech start-ups and SMEs to innovate, develop and deliver new products and services. SMEs within the programme have access to the expertise of LSBU’s academics as well as our state of the art facilities including virtual reality suites, rapid prototyping equipment, realistic hospital wards and other skills labs.
Hello Daisy is one such company to benefit from support offered by SimDH. Hello Daisy is a platform for improving the health and wellbeing of older people by enabling them to connect to the internet. The device internet-enables any TV, improving the health and wellbeing of older people by allowing them to connect to their friends, family and community. In addition to the sharing of messages, photos and videos, the platform will include a community channel, movement channels, one-to-one physio and GP consultations. As part of the product development, LSBU academics and students undertook a usability evaluation, providing suggestions for improving the user interface and helping to expedite their development cycle.