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European Expansion

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Concept

Our pre-accelerator Beyond has enjoyed great success in Bulgaria. As a result, Junior Achievement and Novartis have decided to expand the application of the pre-accelerator by embarking on a collaborative project in Europe, to be piloted in the ECC region, aimed at leveraging technology and “start-up” thinking in the medical field.

By establishing a series of pre-accelerator hubs in digital health and innovation, we aim to generate a stronger ecosystem of innovators who will work to reimagine medicine as we know it. 

One of the defining features of the future will be closer collaboration across sectors that have traditionally existed in separate and limited silos, and scaling-up local initiatives to regional and global levels. Tremendous potential for innovation and progress awaits those who master the ability to work in a network-centric fashion, and we intend to lead the way.

Expansion process

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Feasibility study & Stakeholder mapping
We carried out a feasibility analysis across the region last year, which helped us to determine in which countries we could move forward with the project. We found supportive ecosystems in several places including the Baltics and Cyprus, where we are currently beginning to pilot the pre-accelerator program.
Collaborative design and development
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Having found the right partners, we are now working to collaboratively design the pre-accelerator and its implementation across several countries. Through this process we are forming the support ecosystems for Beyond in every new location where it will be launched. We are also carrying out training activities and handing over educational materials to partner teams as part of this process.
European-level round-table event

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We concluded 2020 with a high-level round table event in Brussels, aimed at raising awareness amongst European policy-makers around the key learnings and best practices from the project. Our event received the recognition and support of Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Future steps
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We will continue to look for partners within the JA network, the healthcare field, and the business sector across Europe, with whom we can launch Beyond in new countries.
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Feasibility study & Stakeholder mapping
We will carry out a feasibility study in order to determine the existing conditions and our chances of success in each of the participating countries: Serbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It will involve both research on various key parameters that will help us determine how to proceed with the project, as well as a stakeholder mapping exercise.Therefore, we are looking for ecosystem partners in each of these countries who will be interested in developing innovations in the medical field.
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Collaborative design and development
Once we find the right stakeholders, we will start working together on the process of implementation. It will begin with a kick-off event, followed by several weeks of interactive co-creation between all stakeholders.
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European-level round-table event
In December 2020, the project will conclude by a high-level round table event in Brussels, aiming at raising awareness amongst European policy-makers around the key learnings and best practices from the project.
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Pre-accelerator adaptation
We will assess and adapt Beyond’s pre-accelerator model from Bulgaria to the unique environment of Serbia. A national-level conference will be organised, in order to communicate and showcase the pre-accelerator in Serbia.

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