A boat tour for the health solutions of tomorrow

  • At the ‘SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches` – the elite of European healthcare startups will present on June 26 their innovative business ideas in Heidelberg.
  • 22 young startups from the fields of Digital Health, MedTech and Biotech will pitch on the “Königin Silvia” in front of a jury of experts for €50,000 EU funding each.

Mannheim/ Heidelberg, 18. Juni, 2019. On June 26 the EIT Health Germany SHIP will set Sails to promote innovation and high-tech in healthcare. The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent institution of the European Union that was founded in 2008 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Europe. Since 2014, the network initiative has also been active in the field of health in Europe and, as EIT Health, is currently working with 150 partners from 14 countries in a public-private partnership to find solutions to the major healthcare challenges of our time. Leading companies, public institutions and renowned universities and research institutes cooperate with start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in innovative programmes and projects to develop new products and services that promote a sustainable health economy in Europe.

With the SHIP event, EIT Health Germany, the centre of EIT Health in German-speaking countries, which has also been financially supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts since its foundation in Mannheim and Heidelberg in 2015, hopes to give selected healthcare startups from Germany, Austria and Switzerland greater visibility, new important contacts in the sector and, above all, initial financial support.

“One of the core tasks of EIT Health is it to identify regionally outstanding innovations in the field of health and to give them a fertile breeding ground within our Europe-wide network with partners from research, teaching and industry. The resulting products and services can thus benefit citizens throughout Europe as quickly as possible”.

Dr. Katharina Ladewig, Managing Director, EIT Health Germany GmbH

The ship tour on the Neckar River, in which high-calibre representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, medical research and education as well as stakeholders from politics and business in the region take part, will take place for the fourth time in a row this year.

Numerous startups of the national and international digital healthcare industry have successfully used the event in recent years as a springboard for their further business development and financing. This also applies to inveox. The Munich-based startup, which digitizes and automates pathology laboratories and thus increases the safety and reliability of cancer diagnoses, was one of the winners of the SHIP event last year and also made it into the Forbes list of “most promising start-ups 2018” in 2018.

“We were absolutely thrilled by the ship event, especially the inspiring environment for innovation and the extensive opportunities for professional networking, which play a very important role for every startup in the early stage. The feedback from the jury of experts was a great help in further improving and sharpening our strategy”.

Maria Sievert, CEO und Co-Founder von inveox

The competing business ideas of the young startups this year range from various software solutions, e.g. for the use in cancer therapy or an intelligent digital anamnesis, to apps for thyroid gland patients, to the development of an artificial intelligence that was specially developed for the analysis of highly complex biomedical data. The winners of the ‘SHIP – Ship for Health Innovation Pitches’ will not only receive €50,000 in funding capital on June 26, but can also be sure that they reached an important milestone in their young career, which – thanks to EIT Health – will certainly not be the last.