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Our Work Together

Konnektis started two years ago. In that time, it has completed major milestone achievements as a direct result of its relationship with Digital Catapult and the Digital Health Enterprise Zone Ltd (DHEZ).

Mark Howells founded the company with his father David, who has spent his career in the social housing and care sector. Despite a background in the sector, they experienced significant challenges when supporting an older relative requiring care, due mainly to a paper-based system that limited timely communication between the family and professional care networks.

“Without digital catapult, we wouldn’t have known about the digital Health enterprise Zone and Bradford council’s drive to support health technology development, let alone ended up working with them. we are very grateful to digital catapult for their support, contacts and influence.”

Mark Howells

Founder, konnektis

Mark and David recognised a need for a platform that not only encourages carers and health professionals to effectively communicate with each other, but also provides vital information to the person receiving support.

In February 2016, Konnektis attended a Digital Catapult IoTUK Event in Leeds, where they won a pitch competition, which is actively supporting healthcare technologies in developing Konnektis as a business.

The project initially worked with Age UK Medway in Kent, testing prototypes with input from homecare providers and carers. This user-centric approach and design has been rewarded with a number of awards, including the Nominet Social Tech Seed award and the Core77 award for user-centred design.

Due to Bradford Council’s enthusiasm to support innovative healthcare technology development, Konnektis set up their base in Bradford. They were invited by Bradford Council to run a paid pilot with 10 people receiving care for three months. The pilot was a success and in 2017 Bradford Council has rolled out the Konnektis platform to 150 older people.

Konnektis is currently expanding into other local Authorities in the Midlands and north of England and, in line with the northern powerhouse vision, will be showcasing at the smart Cities 2017 Expo in Barcelona with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The collaborative relationships developed with the support of Digital Catapult has influenced the Konnektis business journey from concept, through to market delivery and on to commercialisation of the product. In addition to providing support, Digital Catapult has introduced Konnektis to samsung (who provided the tablets to deliver the service), EE and BT (who provided help with data and the necessary connectivity.

The product is potentially life changing for the growing elderly UK population. Digital Catapult will continue to support Konnektis and play a vital part in their future business endeavours.