For scale-ups that either want to grow in their home market or even want to expand on an international level

SCALE! activities focus on more mature start-ups and SMEs, to facilitate access to tools and networks for financing and market expansion. The European Health Catapult programme rewards companies with the best business plans and provides training in pitching and competitiveness. Our GoGlobal Programmes support European ventures so that they can expand beyond Europe’s borders to the US, China, Brazil, Japan, Israel and Canada. The Investor’s Network and the Crowdfunding Platform will be launched in Spring 2018.

European Health Catapult

Compete with the best biotech, medtech and digital health startups in Europe for the “European Health Catapult” award with a prize money of up to 135,000 € in total.

European Health Catapult is a joint accelerator programme of EIT Health and the Health Axis Europe that acknowledges the best business plans in MedTech, Biotech and Digital Health.

Who can apply: Already incorporated micro and small enterprises (<50 employees), spin-offs and start-ups incorporated in Europe. Start-ups are required to attend local training events in the region they apply to, as well as semi-finals in locations across Europe if successful. Participants should also be willing to travel to the EIT Health Summit in Lodz, Poland in 2018 for the finals.

Deadline: 27 March 2019

Register: Create an EIT Health account and apply on the EIT Health Optimy Registration platform

Successful applicants from Germany and Switzerland will be invited our regional selection event “SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches“. Three aspects why you should be excited: (1) You will spend the day with 100 people on a ship on the river Neckar, (2) you will pitch in front of EIT Health partners and experienced jury members, and (3) you will have the chance to reach to the European semifinals as one of the two best teams in your category.

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Product and Market FIT

Product and Market FIT provides European start-ups and scale-ups active in the health domain support and services either to find the right European market to launch or scale their product, or to test and validate their product on technical, clinical, economical level in a B2B, B2C context.

Who can apply: Digital health companies (eHealth, mHealth, Clinical decision support, Big Data and even MedTech, Lifetech and Biotech with a digital component)

Deadline: 27 March 2019

Contact: Johnny Waterschoot

Register: Create an EIT Health account and apply on the EIT Health Optimy Registration platform


Go Global provides companies with the competence needed for growth and international expansion. It consists of four complementary programmes addressing different regions. MedTech, Biotech and Digital Health programs are availale. Possible destinations include Japan, US, China (Shenzhen and Hong Kong), Brazil, Israel and Canada.

Interested candidates can choose from several Go Global programmes:

  • Start.Smart.Japan: Given Europe’s leading position in life sciences and Japan’s interest in novel technologies, Japan holds significant opportunities for European healthcare SMEs.
  • Go Global Israel-Canada: Provides top European SMEs a unique gateway to two internationally recognised hubs of innovation, with the involvement of strong local partners.
  • Saftey Belt to Go2China: China is becoming the second largest healthcare market, but the business environment is not an easy one for foreigners to navigate.
  • MedTech Excelerator: Four innovation hubs connected with Europe, the US, Brazil and China, cooperate to foster the internationalisation of start-ups/SMEs in the medtech industry.

Investors’ Network

Get access to the private equity community of EIT Health via the online platform If you are looking for funding from business angels and investors, you can upload your startup profile and a 3 minutes video pitch on to get an invitation to the next face-to-face meeting of the EIT Health Investor Network.

SUN Bioscience, Lausanne
1st place in the biotech category at the European final in London 2017

Coldplasmatech, Greifswald
1st place in the medtech category at the European final in Barcelona 2016

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