Start-ups Meet Healthcare Providers 2021

Start-ups Meet Healthcare Providers 2021

Healthcare providers across Europe are moving towards integrated healthcare solutions with enhanced value to patients while needing to adhere to financial sustainability. Innovation is increasingly a collaborative endeavour, with organisations looking outside of their workforce for inspiration. At EIT Health Germany, we want to facilitate this process.

The challenge-based programme brings together in one frame (i) healthcare providers posing specific problems that hinder their effective and best possible provision of care and (ii) start-ups developing innovative technologies and services representing potential solutions for the selected challenges.

In 2021 Children’s University Hospital Latvia, University Hospital Centre Sisters of Charity and Diakonie Baden-Württemberg released challenges and we are now accepting applications until 3 September 2021. For a full description of the challenges, click here.

Programme structure

  • Module 1 (11-15/10/2021): 5 days “Entrepreneurship & Market Access Training”. Start-ups will receive tailored workshops on different tools and methods to successfully build their business.
  • Module 2 (25-29/10/2021): 5 days of workshops by healthcare providers involved in the programme on how to collaborate with big players in the market.
  • Module 3 (22-26/11/2021): Start-ups will visit selected healthcare providers involved in the programme to discuss collaboration opportunities.
  • Module 4 (November 2021): Demo Day. Start-ups pitch in front of healthcare providers representatives, investors, EIT Health partners, stakeholders.

What's in it for you?

  • Be directly involved in the selection process and work hand-in-hand with start-ups as they apply their product, service or technology to your custom needs.
  • Showcase your company’s innovation capacity to EIT Health’s pan-European start-up community and network with like-minded individuals
  • Access solutions from the forefront of technological development, while training your staff in modern innovation methodology and fostering their entrepreneurial spirit

How it works

  • Challenge-selection & Start-up Scouting:
    Healthcare providers release their challenges and receive a custom list of pre-qualified and pre-vetted start-ups.
  • Training & Matchmaking Modules:
    Start-ups receive training in various topics and get 1:1 meetings with the healthcare providers.
  • Programme Outcomes & Follow-up:
    Start-ups and healthcare providers work hand-in-hand to test the solution locally throughout the programme and afterwards

Challenge #1

The telematics infrastructure (TI), which connects all players in the healthcare system, continues to gain momentum and become more complex. In this context, the secure exchange of information across sectors and systems as well as the long term protection of sensitive data plays a central role. The ideal solution is a tool that allows the communication and handling of data between the different players, fulfilling the necessary medical and regulatory standards. Diakonie Baden is looking for innovative solutions, e.g. apps on prescription or similar health apps that can be approved as a medical device in several (partial) products according to MDR and integrated into standard care via reimbursement.

Selected start-ups Diakonie Baden-Württemberg Challenge

HealthX Future aims to fight the nursing crisis by improving working conditions and easing the burden on nursing staff. It is developing an intuitive and secure collaboration platform for all those involved in the care process. Their solution, offered as a mobile app and web app, enables intuitive cross-sector collaboration and secures data exchange between care homes, physicians, therapists and pharmacies, as well as the internal organization of care teams.

HealthX Future

ConnectedCareMe UG is a cross-border telehealth service provider for International Migrants (Expats, international travellers, international students) to make healthcare accessible in their preferred language and culture. By seamlessly connecting doctors of the home country to doctors of the host country, the company expedites time to consultation and next steps for patients. Through this connectivity, the host country can better manage new international patients as many patient complaints could be managed remotely by home country doctors or have a clear prognosis which host country doctors can simply sign off, for example, diabetes medication, allergies, contraception and so on.

ConnectedCareMe UG developed a state of the art web and mobile-based communication platform with the aim to connect healthcare providers with their patients as a basis for personalized healthcare. With compiling meaningful patient data and running smart analytics to grasp patients’ full picture, the thus gained insights can be applied to improve patient outcomes.

Zana´s platform uniquely combines conversational AI and wearable technology. It helps to build AI assistants that are able to communicate with people through natural language while understanding more about them through connected sensors. Integration of Zana´s prescription app (DiGA) Tidda Herz into the telematics infrastructure and standard of care would be an innovative solution for the benefit of patients and healthcare providers.

Zana Technologies GmbH

Greenhabit (app for IOS and android) is a medical device Class I (CE) designed to treat different target and patient groups with Behavioral health. The self-management app based on data-driven (algorithms) personalized content, is connected with a web-based dashboard. This Dashboard is managed by the (health)care professional to monitor the progress of the patient or participant with the treatment.

greenhabit BV

Challenge #2

Online health communities are rapidly increasing their presence and relevance in the healthcare setting. If built and used in the correct way, they can offer an efficient way to collect information on unmet medical or social needs, highlight shared problems in specific groups, facilitate patient engagement or help in opinion-forming, among others. The ideal solution would provide a secure digital communication space for families, patients, and other stakeholders (for example Patient and Family councils) in relation to different diseases, health interests, etc. and ideally also the collection of information regarding their needs.

Selected start-ups Riga Children´s University Hospital Challenge

Hexitime proposes an online community platform, managed by the customer. Users create profiles and can participate in a number of ways: (1) Browse guides provided by their clinician to understand their health and care needs; (2) Participate in polls led by clinicians or patients to understand opinions and feedback on the service; (3) Raise and respond to challenges led by clinicians or patients to generate ideas for improving services around shared problems. Ideas can be voted on by the community and contributed to; (4) Join private groups to share conversation, ideas, documents and surveys; (5) Join a timebank, an innovative marketplace where they share their time and skills to improve ideas and get reimbursed for their time; (6) Join private online care spaces where a group of clinicians can interact with a single patient around their care.


The NixiKit is a Virtual Reality tool that helps children who have to undergo surgery to lose their fear of the operating room and thus reduce preoperative anxiety. The NixiKit includes everything the family needs to prepare at home during the weeks leading up to the operation: a virtual reality headset, a booklet of activities to talk about the operation with their family and an access code to our virtual platform for patients’ families. The virtual platform allows children to quickly access Virtual Reality using the parent’s cell phone.

NIXI for Children

Oppioo develops an exercise app for cancer patients, where patients can combine their cancer treatment plan with their exercise plan. This is because physical activity has proven to be a great benefit to cancer treatment, for example, it can lower the risk of side effects and relapse, and also increase the chances of recovery. At Oppioo patients and their families can interact with a healthcare provider and in a community.

Oppioo AB

SONE health provides devices able to digitize the sounds detected by any classic stethoscopes with the aim to improve it (by amplifying and filtering). Through a software application and predictive model (AI-based), it allows to record, share auscultation, and predict anomalies related to lung pathologies, with the aim to improve preventive diagnosis.


Challenge #3

Failure to adhere to prescribed medication regimens is one of the principal reasons patients don’t achieve the expected outcomes from their treatment. According to the 2003 World Health Organization (WHO) report on medication adherence, among patients suffering from chronic diseases in developed countries, adherence averages only 50%. This challenge is looking for an innovative tool, technology solution (e.g. pillboxes, inhalers, injection pens, tracking devices), or applications for identifying, monitoring and optimizing patients’ adherence and feedback to the physician.

Selected start-ups Zagreb University Hospital Centre Challenge

Noah Labs offers Remote Cardiac Monitoring in the own home of high-risk patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. Noah Lab´s solution includes patient-reported outcomes and medication adherence, and it integrates with medical providers through their existing software. Through the native app, patients receive reminders about their medication and may understand how it affects their health. Physicians may oversee the treatment process via a web-based portal. 

Noah labs

Patients using the mobile app of ExactCure can simulate the intake of drugs, thus avoiding underdoses, overdoses and drug-drug interactions, keep track of their treatments and past drug intake, access simplified medical information and input how they feel, their symptoms and adverse events. Thanks to reminders, patients will improve and maintain their adherence to


Scase is a diagnostic solution that consists of a portable, point-of-care, medical device combining smart sensors with a digital patient database including reminders, tailor-made questionnaires, measurement and drug-taking plans. The device connects to a digital platform that enables two-way communication, visualization and transmission of patient vital data accessible by a healthcare provider, doctor, patient and relatives.


Berdac presents the easiest-to-use smart pill dispenser (IMAdispenser) that dispenses the necessary pills at the right time. At the time determined for taking the medication, the device warns with light and audible alarm, and, by pressing the button, serves all the necessary pills at that time in a glass. IMAdispenser detects the pills that fall into the glass and identifies if they have been withdrawn, at which time it gives the medication as properly dispensed.


Zeeds is an application that builds meaning in peoples lives, by helping them identify and act in line with their values. As users start to do this, they are able to grow plants in a virtual garden. Thus, by creating specific values-based behaviours, treatment adherence increases.



Attend one of our webinars to learn more about the Start-Ups Meet Healthcare Providers programme, including timelines and the selection process.

  • 14 July 2021 (11:00 AM CET)
  • 1 September 2021 (11:00 AM CET)

The recording from the first webinar is available here.

Learn more


Do I need to have had previous contact with EIT Health or have participated in a programme in the past in order to apply for the SMHCP programme?

No, it is not a requirement. Whether you have been in contact with EIT Health or not, the process is the same: you must apply through the following platform.

Will the programme have any cost for my startup?

No, the programme is completely free of charge. In case you have to travel for a meeting with the healthcare providers during the program, EIT Health will provide a grant to cover the costs. What we ask in return is commitment and engagement for the duration of the programme.

I have a solution for a challenge, but it still requires some changes (e.g. languages offered or some other details), can I apply?

Yes, the main requirement is your solution contributes to tackling the challenge. In case you are selected, during the meetings with health providers, you can clarify the needs of both parties and decide on the next steps or modifications.

Am I obliged to collaborate with the provider if selected?

No, not at all. Neither party is obliged to enter into a partnership in this programme. The optimal environment for a collaboration to develop will be provided, but whether or not this happens, and the conditions of the collaboration, will be exclusively decided by the parties involved.

Can I apply for more than one challenge?

No, during the application you will have to choose one of the challenges and explain how your solution can address it. However, during the programme, you will have the opportunity to meet the owners of the other challenges and have meetings with them to present your solution as well.


Mathis Palm

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