Cohort Innovation Space have today announced a new partnership with Bond University that will support promising Australian entrepreneurs and provide post-graduate students the opportunity to practically apply their learnings within the emerging sectors of healthtech and medtech.

The partnership will see the highly-acclaimed team from Bond University’s Healthcare Innovations program work with the LuminaX HealthTech Accelerator, a 14-week innovation program that fast-tracks commercialisation and market readiness for 10 Australian startups.

Bond University continues to be at the forefront of health education, with their Australian-first Healthcare Innovations Program strengthening post-graduates’ abilities to navigate research evidence, critically evaluate health systems and practices, and use data and technology to identify opportunities for sustainable innovations.

In line with the LuminaX partnership, Cohort can announce that Bond University is in final preparations around capstone research projects with two LuminaX alumni, Beyond the Clinic and Hearoes.

These capstone placements are designed to facilitate Healthcare Innovations masters students to plan and undertake important research projects with industry innovators. Currently the focus for these two healthtech startups is on clarifying users’ perspectives of purpose-designed technology tools, to maximise benefits for users and the health professionals who are working with them.

CoSpaces General Manager Ariana Margetts said that Bond University has an unrivalled track record for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and industry development and that strong university partnerships are crucial to fostering a local talent pipeline that will support the rapid growth of the healthtech industry.

“Healthtech is the fastest growing vertical within the healthcare sector and we know that in order to support entrepreneurs we need to build a strong talent pipeline,” Ms Margetts said.

“This partnership will not only ensure that LuminaX startups have access to a strong talent pool that can help them to scale quickly, it will also strengthen student pathways by connecting students to the large digital health ecosystem we have created in Queensland.”

Dr Sharon Mickan, Professor of Healthcare Innovations at Bond University said the partnership will build networks between healthcare innovations students and healthtech entrepreneurs that will be beneficial for both.

“Students love to be inspired by innovative thinking and real business ideas. Academic discussions and workshops that occur in the Cohort space may expand the perspectives and skillsets of ambitious entrepreneurs” Prof. Mickan said.

“Over time, we expect to connect individuals in future partnerships, where our students end up working and/or researching with local innovators. Together they will be developing tools and strategies to enhance our local populations’ healthcare experiences and outcomes.”

Applications for 2022 LuminaX Accelerator will open on 28 February through to 12 April. The 14-week program will take place from May through to August 2022 at Cohort Innovation Space.