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EIT Health is the largest network of health organizations and innovations, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Union. It organizes one of the largest european accelerators with more than 20 different programs for students, PhDs, small and medium-sized enterprises and experts in the fields of medical technology, biotechnology, life sciences and e-health.

About the EIT

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.

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What is EIT Health?

EIT Health is a sectoral community, focused on health and health care.  It brings together top innovators in health field, ie.  medical and technical universities, research institutes, hospitals, biotechnology, laboratory technology, medical technology and IT industries, such as health insurance companies.

EIT Health goal is to enable innovative solutions, that offer longer and healthier lives to the inhabitants of Europe.

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About EIT Health InnoStars

The InnoStars Group is one of seven geographical areas of the EIT Health Network. It covers half of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Italy and Portugal, and other regions included in the EIT regional innovation scheme - the Baltic States, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece and Romania. This is a group of countries rated by the European Innovation Index (EIF) as moderate innovators. InnoStars focuses on promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and education in health, healthy lifestyle and active aging in the region, and on closing the gap between innovation-leading and advancing regions.

About the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS)

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) was designed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to fill the gap between innovation-leading and advancing regions. The program is carried out with the participation of local nodes. Since 2016 the program has been developed in the health field and is coordinated by EIT Health InnoStars. The program includes 14 EIT Health hubs located in 13 countries across Eastern, Central and Southern Europe. These hubs serve as an access points to pan-European network of the best universities, companies and their projects. The aim of the program is to incubate, develop the regions in which it operates, discover their unique innovation advantages and involve local innovators in participating in pan-European programs and competitions. More information:

EIT Health covers 3 types of programs

  • »EDUCATION« programs combine a multitude of educational courses for talented young individuals, organized by the best universities in Europe. Their goal is to strengthen the knowledge of innovation management, create an innovative thinking framework and business skills. These programs are open to all students, PhD students, researchers and interested young individuals from all over Europe.
  • »ACCELERATOR« programs combine open public calls for learning and mentorship, with final presentations organized by the best European universities. The goal of the program is to support groups, start-ups, scale-ups and others in entering the market with their products. The program is open to all start-ups, scale-ups and companies from all over Europe.
  • High volume »INNOVATION PROJECTS« offer support to our member consortia in developing their innovative life concepts related to their products and services. The aim is to offer Europeans the best innovative healthcare solutions, that are tackling current challenges. The projects are intended exclusively for our members.

EIT Health focus areas

  1. Creating an environment for the transformation of health and health care.

  2. From a treatment to a broader approach to health - prevention and cure - a continuum of health.

  3. Providing home care.

  4. Promoting healthy lives by presenting behavioural change.

  5. Using the power of real world data (RWD).

  6. Guiding employees in improving workplace health.

Open calls and opportunities for financing from EIT HEALTH

Prenesi si katalog EIT Health programov za leto 2021!

You can apply through Optimy Platform.

Programmes are also presented on EIT Health website and on the InnoStarter, a dedicated page with opportunities for start-ups coming from the emerging regions.



Application deadline: 27. 3. 2021

Submission deadline: 31. 12. 2021 16:00 CET

InnoStars Awards is a training and competition program in which 15 early stage companies receives € 25 000 funding as smart money for business development and product validation. Moreover, selected list of candidates will be allowed to participate in InnoStars Final pitch event and win awards up to € 25.000 to launch their product or service.

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  • Jumpstarter 2021

Submission deadline: 16. 4. 2021 23:59 CET

Innovators from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe: Get support in turning your ideas into a successful business.

If you are from Central, Eastern or Southern Europe and you want to commercialise your innovation in the fields of healthcare, agri-food, raw materials, energy, urban mobility or manufacturing, this competitive programme will give you the jumpstart you need.

Experts will help you validate the best business model for your idea and develop a business plan. Teams who produce the most promising plans will get to pitch in a final competition, where you can gain recognition from investors and a have chance to win a cash prize of up to €10,000.

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  • Startups Meet Pharma 2021

Submission deadline: 16. 3. 2021

EIT Health Startups Meet Pharma is a challenge-based acceleration programme connecting start-ups developing innovative solutions for chronic care with leading pharma partners in Europe. The programme seeks to support startups offering solutions to healthcare challenges identified by the pharma industry. As they address these challenges, the startups will work in collaboration with top pharma partners.

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24 February 2021, 11 am CET – Register here

9 March, 2021, noon CET – Register here


  • Bridgehead

Submission deadline: 16. 3. 2021 at 22:59 (UTC +0)

As part of its Accelerator activities, EIT Health provides funding up to €40,000 for SMEs with demonstrated needs to open new markets and/or continue to develop products and services outside their home markets.

SMEs should be seeking to implement internationalization plans with projects thats fit the overall EIT Health objective: “Healthy Living, Active Ageing, Improved Health Care.”

The purpose of the EIT Health Bridgehead Programme is:

  • Provide soft-landings for start-ups and facilitate their cross-border mobility and entry into different European countries
  • Offer services, resources and vacant physical space to start-ups that need it.

Application Deadlines:

  • First wave: 16. 4. 2021 at 23:59 CET
  • Second wave: 15. 9. 2021 at 23:59 CET


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  • EIT Health Catapult

Submission deadline: 16. 3. 2021

EIT Health Catapult is an individualised training programme that boosts the development and publicity of high-potential European health start-ups. The programme exposes Biotech, MedTech and Digital Health start-ups to high-quality experts, health industry leaders and international investors through intensive and multi-channel involvement of the whole EIT Health community. The programme is organised as a competition, with the finalists pitching at our annual Summit.

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EIT Health Catapult Webinars – register here:

10 February at 10 am CET:

10 March at 10 am CET:


  • Investor Network 2021

Submission deadline: 31. 12. 2021

Dear EIT Health Start-ups, 

This form will allow you to determine if your company is ready for equity investments and is mature enough to be presented to our European network of investors.

Generally, we require readiness and an investment-seeking value of above 500k up to 10 M €. At smaller amount, your local Business Creation Managers will attempt to support you on a more local network. Please read our Application Guidelines 2021 and Eligibility checklist for further information.

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  • MedTech Bootcamp

Submission deadline: 15. 6. 2021 at 23:59 (UTC +1)

Are you part of an early-stage start-up? Then here’s your chance to take part in the MedTech Bootcamp. Get a clear and valid proof of concept, so you can launch your business into a European market.

In this five-week programme, experts and mentors will help you understand and refine your project, business and financial plan. You’ll take a closer look at the market and your competition, receiving the help you need to better understand medical device regulations and how these apply to your project. And, with intensive training throughout the programme, you will perfect your pitch to investors to give you the best chance of success.

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  • Patient Innovation Bootcamp

Submission deadline: 15. 6. 2021 at 23:59 (UTC +1)

Who better than patients and their caregivers to have that crucial insight which leads to true product innovation?

Offering a unique combination of mentoring and onsite and online training, this Bootcamp supports the development and launch of innovative solutions created by people directly affected by health conditions. The aim is to help them move their ideas from solutions to prototypes through to market-ready innovations.

The Patient Innovation Bootcamp consists of two-weeks of mentoring and training on-site in Lisbon – medical and technology validation and development, and Copenhagen – implementation and diffusion, and on-line training regarding business model design in between.

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  • Women Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Submission deadline: 16. 3. 2021 at 23:59 (UTC +1)

The Women Entrepreneurship Bootcamp connects high growth, women-led or co-led start-ups to an unparalleled network of investors and mentors – helping nurture and support rapid growth.

We’ll help you leverage the diversity in your leadership team to achieve the best possible outcomes for your start-up. And this programme will also help you find the reference points you need to successfully frame your ambition and attract more investment.

The Women Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a seven-week programme – providing intensive training, mentoring and networking opportunities in Galway (Ireland), Coimbra (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain) and London (UK). During this time, you’ll participate in two pitch events and enjoy significant one-to-one face time with investors.

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