Afterwards, a spokesperson for the city council said: “This is a great example of how making strong links between research and business will be used to benefit communities and the city.
“The city’s economic strategy aims to bring together pioneering research with entrepreneurial talent to grow the city’s economic potential, include communities in new developments, and improve the lives of all our residents.”
Councillor Garry Wall, Chairman of Greater Brighton, said: "Collaboration between public authorities, private businesses and academia is crucial if we as a City Region, stretching from Brighton north to Gatwick, are able to continue to grow and fulfil our potential.
"For that reason I'm delighted to see this initiative around the very important area of health innovation and research start so promisingly. We already have a number of world leaders in this field and, thanks to initiatives like the entrepreneur cafe, I'm sure that number will keep on growing in the future."
Organisations and companies also backed the initiative.
Matthew Jellings of Engie, a leading energy and services group across three main activities: Energy, Services and Regeneration, said: “It’s exciting to be part of an initiative that will benefit the citizens of Brighton and Hove and deliver excellence.”
Geraldine Desmoulins, Chief Officer, Possability People which offers advice and support on disabilities: “Activity is not integrated – it’s fragmented and siloed. This will bring organisations together with a common purpose.”
Dr Arash Moavenian, Head of Research and Innovation, Welland Medical which designs and manufactures ostomy accessories: “This a great initiative that presents a new window of opportunity for connection and collaboration.”
Nigel Richardson, CEO, Custom Pharma Services, a medical products development company: “By sharing knowledge and expertise, this initiative has the potential to improve regional business and research.”