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Are you a brave start-up open to collaborating to find solutions to improve the health of people and planet? If so, you’re in the right place!

Please note: The application window for the 2022 programme has now closed.

Connecting people and planet

There is a clear connection between human health, healthcare and the health of the planet. Climate change, pollution, waste, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation pose huge challenges both for people and planetary health. But also, the impact of healthcare on the environment is well established: healthcare's climate footprint is 4.4% of the global total; meaning if it were a country, it would be the fifth largest emitter on the planet.

As a healthcare company not only do we have an important role to play but we also have a responsibility to act now.

Bupa is looking for start-ups with innovative projects in order to support them to develop successful businesses to improve people's health and the health of the planet. Bupa’s goal is to find and support sustainable, scalable start-ups where Bupa can add value to their business or solution.

eco-Disruptive is a clear signal of our intent to start a movement for sustainable innovation, harnessing the energy and passion of our people, bringing new thinking and collaborating to help us accelerate our sustainability agenda. It symbolises our commitment to Bupa’s purpose: helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world.

Change starts right here, with Bupa.

eco-Disruptive programme

eco-Disruptive will see Bupa employees, entrepreneurs and start-ups come together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing people and our planet's health today.

Our aim is to empower start-ups, social enterprises and Bupa employees to work together on innovative solutions that improve people's health and the health of the planet. Our goal is to find and support sustainable, scalable start-ups where Bupa can add value to their business or solution.

eco-Disruptive will run from September 2022 to December 2022. Teams will find solutions to six challenge areas.

What is in it for you as a start-up?

There are six categories within the programme that align with the biggest sustainability challenges that Bupa is facing on its journey to build a healthier future for people and planet.

The challenge areas

If your company or idea fits with any of the following challenges, you can apply to be part of eco-Disruptive.

Decarbonisation

CO2 reduction for Bupa, our suppliers, customer journeys and employee commuting.

Circular Solutions

Solutions to reduce use of natural resources for Bupa and our suppliers.

Sustainable products and services

Sustainable healthcare solutions that reduce usage of natural resources and emissions.

Sustainable healthcare choices

Solutions that engage our customers and clinicians in reducing the environmental impact on healthcare.

Healthy Bupa Buildings

Buildings that support better healthcare, wellbeing and environmental outcomes.

Urban Restoration and regeneration

Solutions for better physical/mental health with benefits for local communities.