Start-ups Meet Healthcare Providers 2022 – Turning the hospital of the future into a reality

Applications for Start-ups Meet Healthcare Providers 2022 are open!

The Start-ups Meet Healthcare Providers programme is a challenge-based acceleration programme that aims to bring to the table novel ideas that improve the practice of health care and scalable solutions that create transformational change for the field. This year two healthcare providers, Tartu University Hospital and Sanitas Group released challenges and we are now accepting applications until 20 March 2022.

The programme is designed to give successful start-ups access to healthcare providers, gaining insights from their expertise and the opportunity to test and validate their solutions. The programme is made up of four modules; the first 2-week long module will focus on workshops covering all scaling fundamentals from go-to-market to pitching,  followed by one-to-one pitching sessions, where healthcare providers will provide hands-on feedback to validate product/market fit and fine-tune your solution with the goal to improve hospital workflows and patient care.

If you are developing innovative technologies and products representing potential solutions for the selected challenges for 2022, submit your application now!

2022 Challenges:

Title of the challenge: Autonomous hospital cleaning solutions

Cleaning and disinfecting hospital rooms is time-consuming and requires extra knowledge. Tartu University Hospital is eager to explore autonomous hospital cleaning solutions that can save time and costs for the hospital staff. They are looking for innovative, creative and environmentally friendly autonomous cleaning solutions, such as robotic devices, but also other products that could assist humans in the hospital rooms cleaning and disinfection process. The solution should be able to manouver in tight spaces, wet and dry clean and also disinfect different surfaces.


Title: Big Data and AI for wearables’ data analysis and personalised health recommendations generation.

Sanitas Connected Health Programme enables customers to share data collected by their wearables and connected devices so that Sanitas can help them live healthier lives. Sanitas would like to implement Big Data and AI tools to analyse this data, obtain insights and automatically generate health recommendations. This would allow Sanitas to scale up the service and reach more customers, help their health professionals in the diagnosis and decision-making processes, and improve the digital solutions they offer to their health insurance.

THIRD challenge coming soon! 

IMPORTANT: For a full description of the challenges, download this document.

Programme structure

  • Module 1 – Meet&Learn (May 2 to May 13, 2022) – Up to 15 workshops by top-notch speakers on different tools and methods to successfully build your company.
  • Module 2 – Meet&Pitch (June 20 to June 30, 2022) – Up to 5-hour of workshops by healthcare providers on how to collaborate with healthcare providers and 1-on-1 pitch sessions.
  • Module 3 – Meet&Visit (July 8 to July 15, 2022) – Up to 2-hour visit to the premises of the healthcare providers and meeting internal decision-makers to discuss collaboration opportunities.
  • Module 4 – Meet&Win (September 2022) – 15 minutes pitch in front of external HCP representatives for some extra visibility.

Eligibility criteria

  • Your company must be an established legal entity and based in any Horizon Europe country.
  • Your company must have a validated proof of concept, market validation and prototype that addresses one of the challenges released by the healthcare providers.
  • The selected start-up must commit to the whole duration of the programme.


Application period: 17 February – 20 March 2022, 23:59 CET via Optimy platform.


Interested start-ups are kindly invited to participate in our upcoming webinar aimed to provide a detailed overview of the programme, its timeline, and the application process.

  • 1 March 2022, 11:00 AM CET (Register here)
  • 16 March, 2022, 11 am CET – Register here