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EIT Health launches two funding calls for innovative health projects

EIT Health has lunched two funding initiatives: the grants Headstart and Proof of Concept and the Business Plan Aggregator program. As part of the EIT Health accelerator, both ideas are geared to innovative business ideas, SMEs, spin-offs and start-up committed to the social challenges defined by EIT´s principles: promoting a healthy lifestyle, supporting active ageing and improving quality of life through better healthcare. EIT Health Spain is based at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) and at presently brings together 18 leading public and private organizations in the three areas of the innovation triangle: research, education and business creation.


One of the funding initiates launched by EIT Health is the creation of a financial aid line addressed to speed up the arrival of technology-based products and services and to create new business opportunities in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship for a healthy lifestyle and active aging.

Specifically, the Spanish node of EIT Health has launched two calls for proposals. Proof of Concept, geared towards projects and business ideas in the early stages prior to the establishment of a company or those currently participating in health acceleration programs (the so called PoC Plus modality) and the Headstart, a funding line open to Spanish companies clearly-market oriented  for the development of business ideas, and health products and services.

The deadline for the submission of call proposals closes on 6 June. Full information regarding both calls can be found on EIT Health website [+]

Business plan aggregator

EIT Health invites innovative SMEs, spin-offs and start-ups in the health sector to submit their proposals for the best business plan in the field.  Each of the regional quarters of EIT Health will choose the three best business plans in the categories of medical technology, biotechnology and digital health, which will in turn take part at the European final.

The 21 finalist projects will receive 3,000€ to produce a video pitch for the final, which will take place during the EIT Health Summit in Barcelona on 23 and 24 November this year, and where they will have the opportunity to meet with national and international investors.  The three finalist projects of each category will receive a cash prize of 10,000, 3,000 and 2,000 Euros, respectively. 

The deadline for the call is 31 July. For further information:  EIT Health website [+]

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