EIT Health

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 the EIT Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge.

EIT Health is one of the EIT Innovation Communities and a consortium of  approximately 150 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from across 15 EU countries. EIT Health’s role is to build an ecosystem that enables the development of healthcare for the future so that European citizens can live longer and healthier lives. EIT Health upgrades the skills of healthcare professionals throughout Europe, investing in Europe’s best talents, and facilitates the commercialization of innovative health products/solutions within the EU. It is one of the largest publicly funded health initiatives and is supported by the the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of European Union.
Estonia is represented by EIT Health Scandinavia, the regional representation of Partners located also in Denmark and Sweden.

The InnoStars cluster is one of the seven geographical areas of EIT Health. It covers half of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal, as well as additional 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 qualified by the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) as moderate innovators. InnoStars is focused on promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and education in the domain of healthcare, healthy living and active ageing in the region and closing the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are progressing

The EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) was created by the European Institute of innovation and Technology (EIT) to close the gap between regions that are leaders in innovation and those regions which are progressing. The programme is implemented with the involvement of local Hubs. In the field of healthcare, the programme has been developing since 2016, and it is coordinated by EIT Health InnoStars. The programme incorporates 13 EIT Health Hubs located in 12 countries across Eastern, Central and Southern Europe. These Hubs serve as access points to a pan-European network of the best universities, companies and their projects. The programme aims to incubate the regions where it operates, discovering their unique innovation assets and to engage local innovators to participate in pan-European programmes and competitions.

Tartu Biotechnology Park is EIT Health Hub in Estonia

As part of the EIT Health RIS, EIT Health has already established 13 EIT Health Hubs in 12 countries across Europe, one of which is Tartu Biotechnology Park in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu Biotechnology Park’s goal as EIT Health Hub is to promote EIT Health Community activities and help to reach the true potential of local healthcare startups.

In order to achieve our aims, we engage in active cooperation with Estonian and foreign biotechnology companies, research and development institutions, foundations for the development of entrepreneurship and biotechnology and other organizations, including state agencies and local authorities.

EIT Health opportunities:

At the moment the following opportunities are opened for applying:
EIT Jumpstarter

One of Europe’s best pre-acceleration programmes for early-stage start-ups again is looking for finest talents and ambitious inventors. This year candidates will compete for the whopping first prize of up to 10.000 € in any of the 6 included industries: health, raw materials, food, energy, manufacturing and urban mobility.
Find out more HERE
Application deadline is April 16, 2021

The EIT Health Investor Network

This programme, part of EIT Health Accelerator, aims to connect European health-oriented investors and promising start-ups through cross-border financing and co-investments.
Find out more HERE
Application is open – apply any time!

Patient Innovation Bootcamp:

This Bootcamp supports the development and launch of innovative solutions created by people directly affected by health conditions, such as patients and informal caregivers. The Patient Innovation Bootcamp consists of two-weeks of mentoring and training on-site.
Find out more HERE
Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

MedTech Bootcamp

This Bootcamp provides focused support and matchmaking for European early-phase start-up teams with ideas in the field of medical technology. A five-week training programme for European start-up teams to build skills during the early stages of launching their start-ups.
Find out more HERE
Application deadline: June 15, 2021

Innovation and Impact Bootcamp

This bootcamp is acknowledged for its hands-on focus & custom approach and delivered many successful startups! If you want to add value to your product and find your product market-fit, then this bootcamp is a great fit.
More info coming soon!
Application deadline: June 15, 2021

Find more info about EIT Health programmes

-> on EIT Health website
-> onInnoStarter website

Find out about latest EIT Health opportunities and upcoming events also on Tartu Biotechnology Park’s News section and Calendar.

Official documents

New EIT Health Accelerator Catalogue 2021 is available HERE
-> In the document you can find full info about current opportunities, eligibility and registration deadlines

More information about EIT and EIT Health:

EIT website homepage: https://eit.europa.eu
EIT website in estonian: https://eit.europa.eu/et/in-your-language
EIT RIS website: https://eit.europa.eu/our-activities/outreach/eit-regional-innovation-scheme-ris
EIT Health website: https://eithealth.eu/

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