Arise Beyond Open Innovation for Value and Entrepreneurship

Arise ABOVE will deliver innovation grants, expert support and events to unlock MedTech investment in Essex.

Applications for grant funding are NOW CLOSED.


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The grant has supported a range of SMEs from NHS Clinical Entrepreneurs to local founders and established businesses. Approved applications include training a cancer detecting AI and development of a digital health and wellbeing platform for students.


Calling all MedTech business owners... Arise are delighted to launch their new grant funding programme aimed at Essex businesses, or those looking to relocate to the region. Up to £5,000 is available to SME’s, businesses owners and entrepreneurs in HealthTech and MedTech, to boost their product or service.


Arise Innovation Hubs are delighted to announce the imminent launch of a new grant programme. Arise ABOVE will deliver innovation grants, expert support and events to unlock MedTech investment in Essex.


ABOVE Events

Meet the Panel

Dr Beverley Vaughan joined the Arise Innovation Hubs as Director in June 2021, with over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and life sciences sector. With roles in Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC), Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGT) and the University of Oxford in programme manager and director level positions, Beverley is leading on strategy, fund raising and partnering activities.

Julian Gibbs works for the Research and Innovation Development Office at Anglia Ruskin University, where he creates and manages partnerships between ARU and public, private and third sector organisations in the fields of Business and Law, including consultancy services, knowledge transfer, contract research and other collaborative projects. Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Julian worked extensively in the third sector, working for the National Day Nurseries Association, YMCA Thames Gateway, and Victim Support, in the field of business development

Melanie Davidson is Chief Executive Officer of Medilink Midlands, the life sciences industry association that helps life sciences companies to establish, develop, and grow, through business support, connectivity, and collaboration. Melanie has been with Medilink Midlands for thirteen years, starting out as an Innovation Project Manager before becoming Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer.

ABOVE Partners

The funding has been received from Essex County Council, in support of their 10-year strategy to grow the life science, DigiTech, advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors. Leading to more opportunity, jobs and growth across Essex.


Arise are working closely with partners Medilink Midlands, a specialist provider of support to the life science sector; to help SMEs overcome barriers to growth in the delivery of ABOVE.