Applications for Create Open Health are now closed.


Through our partnership with the West of England AHSN we understand that there are unmet needs and challenges facing our health services. Support for children and young people with their mental health is an area where we know that further support is vital. 

We are looking for innovative cross-sector digital and tech early stage ideas to answer these challenges, from those who have ideas to give but not always the opportunity nor the means to build them into something real. 

We want talented people to apply with remarkable propositions, rooted in a technology or digital approach, that could directly support and empower children and young people, their caregivers, or their community - in building resilience and supporting positive mental health. 

In exchange, we'll be offering successful applicants the chance to build on their ideas during an intensive two day development bootcamp and hackathon - with technical expertise provided to develop the digital tech behind the idea. We'll also give applicants guidance in actually implementing their idea within the healthcare industry or network such as the NHS, guidance on financing their idea, plus we will provide ongoing support in the form of technical and business development expertise - plus the chance to secure investment too.

The bootcamp is due to take place in Bristol on Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th. Travel bursaries are available.

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If you have any questions regarding your application form please contact:

Our Partners



West of England Academic Health Science Network

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) brings together all the key players innovating health and care in the region. It is one of 15 AHSNs across the country, established by NHS England in 2013.

Since its launch, The West of England AHSN’s priority has been to work across organisational and geographical boundaries, involving its entire network in both development and delivery to drive transformation that is based on genuine need, is successfully embedded and sustainable. The West of England AHSN’s is a whole-system, collaborative approach and it has spent considerable time growing its ‘innovation ecosystem’, connecting and brokering relationships that encompass patients and carers, industry and academia, and health and care professionals.

Wellcome Trust 

The Wellcome Trust is the UK’s leading global charitable foundation supporting scientists and researchers. The Wellcome Trust will provide up to £5 billion on research between 2015 and 2020, with roughly 20% of this funding currently spent in international settings.

Off the Record

Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. OTR isn't just a charity providing mental health services, it's a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR provides information and support around wellbeing, including group work, sessions in schools and colleges, and one-to-one therapeutic support.