Call for Applications: EIT Health InnoStars Awards 2019

Deadline: 27 March 2019

Do you have an entrepreneurial mind-set with a prototype or minimum viable product (MVP) in the healthcare field? Would you like to validate your prototype or MVP in the market in the form of a competition? If yes, than apply for the EIT Health InnoStars Awards 2019.

EIT Health is seeking applications for its InnoStars Awards 2019.

EIT Health to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation to address three key challenges: promote healthy living, support active ageing, improve healthcare.


  • To support the applicants in realizing next steps towards the market and shorten time-tomarket for innovative products and services.
  • To verify the need/benefit of the product/service for users/customers/payers/partners.
  • To increase the possibility to attract private investment.


  • Participants in the programme receive mentoring, training at two physical bootcamps, and validation interviews with potential customers, investors and/or partners. The top 15 InnoStars Awards applicants – evaluated by an international expert body – win €20 000 in “smart money” to spend on travel and accommodation, individual mentoring and training.
  • Those who complete the training are invited to the November pitch contest, where the prizes will be:
    • First place: €25 000
    • Second place: €15 000
    • Third place: €10 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • InnoStars Awards programme is suitable for micro and small enterprises (according to EU SME definition), spin-offs and start-ups that already have a prototype or a MVP, but product/service is not on the market yet (no income). The company must be incorporated/registered before the subgranting agreement initiation.
  • Additional eligibility criteria are:
    • All documents must be delivered and oral pitch should be presented in advanced level English
    • Applicants must be available to spend at least 15 days for educational and mentoring purposes.
    • Participation in bootcamps and mentoring sessions are obligatory with stabile team (same team members should be involved on the bootcamps and mentoring sessions.
    • Start-ups should be willing and capable to travel to other European locations during the training and mentoring.
    • Submitted through EIT Health InnoStars registration platform, Optimy. Incomplete submissions, late submissions, or submissions via any other routes (e.g., email) will not be accepted.
    • Applicants can apply only with legal entities from the following countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
    • Companies who received grant for the same project/service/product in 2016, 2017 or 2018 from InnoStars Awards, European Health Catapult or EIT Health Headstart funding are not eligible to apply for InnoStars Awards in 2019.
    • Applicants cannot apply parallel for European Health Catapult or EIT Health Headstart funding in 2019.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.

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  • Avatar Margaret says:

    Thanks for this opportunity, I only wish that an African country would be considered. I come from Kenya . Might you lead me to some one who might be in a position to partner with me in Kenya and Africa?

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