Deadline: September 23, 2021

Applications are invited for the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3: Ensuring Equity for All UK Cancer Patients. The Challenge supported by Roche is inviting innovative UK based companies or individuals to provide solutions to any of the following:

  • Technologies or solutions that address health inequalities and make healthcare more accessible to more people.
  • Shortening the time to diagnosis.
  • How to engage individuals in their own healthcare so they are more likely to recognise the early warning signs of cancer.
  • Ensuring earlier identification of individuals at high risk of cancer.
  • Supporting patient advocacy i.e. ensuring greater awareness and knowledge among patients about about what to expect and the questions to ask.
  • Identifying the appropriate tools to support different patient groups, recognising that digital-first is not always the answer.
  • Connecting with local community organisations that provide access and digital skills support e.g. libraries, community support hubs.
  • Working with and enabling local charities already engage with deprived communities e.g. those working with the homeless or supporting older people, social housing groups, etc.
  • Socially prescribing digital interventions and establishing digital health hubs in the community which help and support people to use digital health tools.


The winning solution will receive:

  • A US$50,000 grant from Roche
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Roche professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design


  • Project should be evidently aligned with the challenge.
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
  • Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


The deadline for application is September 23, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Lead2030.

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