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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 3 December, 2018
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Health information management
Safety & systems
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Social innovation with regard to health, well-being and elder care
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Digital Health and Care, Healthy Ageing, Innovation
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
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Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
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Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Digital Health and Care Institute
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
Scottish Enterprise
Highlands and /islands Enterprise
Enterprise Europe Network
TEC programme
Digital Office for Local Government
ECH Alliance
Cluster Strategy

The Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster is facilited by the Digital Health and Care Institute on behalf of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Enterprise Europe Network and the Digital Office for Local Government and is an European Connected Health Alliance Ecosystem. 

The aim of the cluster is to Accelerate Digital Innovation and Adoption in Health and Care, to benefit members by; 

  • Creating - creating a collaborative of shared interests, expertise and skills
  • Sharing - sharing information and support knowledge exchange
  • Building - building collaborations that are greater than the sum of their parts
  • Seeking and Solving - seeking and solving demand led challenges
  • Opportunities - identifying funding and hosting challenge opportunities 

It is anticipated that the cluster members will benefit from; 

  • Greater policy insight
  • Enhanced market awareness
  • Enhanced business/technical skills
  • Particpation in development of collaborative projects
  • Improved business networks and collaborations
  • Increased likelyhood of engaging in other projects



Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
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Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Periodic Information dissemination
Support of knowledge transfer
Details of support services: 

Access to pubic support - The Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster (HAIC) members have access to a range of regional and national programmes and during cluster gatherings hear about funding opportunities as well as policy/strategy and opportuntites at national and government level. 

Facilitation of collaboration between members - During meetings of the HAIC, members are given the opportunity to network with other cluster members, to pitch potential projects and collaborative opportunties, as well as hearing about activity in other regions in the UK.  The HAIC enables collaboration between a range of representatives from accross Industry, Health and Care professionals, Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Economic development agencies and innovation organisations and the third sector.   

Trend-scouting - ideas for innovative projects - The HAIC explore a number of challenge areas across healthy ageing to identify the opportunities and challenges which can result in opportunities for innovative and collaborative projects for members of the Cluster. 

Support of Knowledge Exchange - Members of the cluster are given the opportunity to hear about a range of projects and research in healthy ageing and are given the opportunity to get together to exchange knowledge and skills from across the cluster.

Periodic information dissemination - In between the quarterly meetings the cluster members recieved email newsletter and updates on a range of opportunities from market insights, funding and collaboration opportunities. 


Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

UKRI - UK Government - Industrial Strategy Challenge - Health Ageing Grand Challenge -  The healthy ageing challenge will support UK government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge to ensure people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and poorest.  The aim of this challenge is to enable businesses, including social enterprises, to develop and deliver products, services and business models that will be adopted at scale which support people as they age. This will allow people to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across generations for as long as possible.  Through the challenge, government will bring together UK businesses and researchers to support people to stay in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing.



Success Story / Achievements: 

The Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster has grown over in just over a year to give national coverage over Scotland with a membership of 266 actively engaged members.  

The networking and knowledge exchange element of the cluster meetings has proven to be very popular with members. 


"Greater understanding of challanges on the front line and who is working to make things better..."                                           Anonymous, HAIC Member

"Situation awareness. The cluster has helped me understand others working in the sector much better. In particular it can be very frustrating when your are working on stuff and you think is amazing only to find it is not getting traction and it has been useful to meet people and understand where others are coming from and why they may not understand or appreciate the same things as you do."  Anonymous, HAIC Member 


Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster gives partners collaboration opportunities  with an active membership of over 260 from across industry, academia, health and care, local athorities, housing providers and the third sector who are keen to engage in activities to accelerating digital innovation and adoption in health and care to ensure active and healthy ageing for citizens.