CEO Newsletter | July 2016

Dear EIT Health partners,

During the last few weeks I had the opportunity to meet many of you in our portfolio 2017 hearings.The external evaluators, our Management Team and myself were honestly impressed by the quality of your proposals and your outstanding enthusiasm. I also acknowledge your feedback about the clear improvement in our evaluation and hearing procedures. In early August we will inform these finalists about the outcomes. 
The selected projects will become part of our Business Plan 2017, which is currently being reviewed by the Supervisory Board. Your partners’ delegates will vote on it at our Partner Assembly on 19 September in Amsterdam, for which an invitation to register will be sent in the coming week.

Our EIT Health Summit Programme Committee is building an exciting programme to share the 2016 achievements of our community, to connect around our 2017 activities, and, last but not least, to network and celebrate.

"During the recent portfolio 2017 hearings I could grasp your extraordinary expertise and outstanding motivation to improve our healthcare in Europe. I was personally impressed and reconfirmed that we are on the right path."

Sylvie Bove
CEO EIT Health e.V.

On the following webpage we will publish all information
about the EIT Health Summit 2016:


  and express your interest in participating in the first annual EIT Health Summit

In September you will be informed about
how to complete and confirm your registration.

For more information, please contact:


 Update from the Pillars

News from Accelerator
  • The Hungarian final of EIT Health InnoStars Accelerator award programs took place on 1 July in Budapest, and winning initiatives shared in €120 000 in grants, which help health industry ventures get their business concepts off the ground or bring existing products or services to the European markets. Click here to find out all the projects awarded.
  • Creative teams seeking to bring valuable health innovations to market began participating in LaunchLab, “a two-month pressure cooker for not-yet entrepreneurs” on 18 July. LaunchLab is an Innovation Training and Support activity of the Accelerator pillar of EIT Health. Ten teams were chosen from roughly 35 applicants. This first EIT Health LaunchLab was created by YES!Delft and EIT Health partners to facilitate creation of successful business-cases.
Campus Update
  • Workshop for E-Lab in Copenhagen: the workshop covering the EIT Health Education Flagship Initiative "EIT HealthStarter Lab (E-Lab) – how to start an ELab?" will take place on 30 August 2016 in Copenhagen. The programme will include lectures and an open discussion forum.
Accelator Updates

Business Plan Aggregator
The call for companies to join the BPA is open until 31 July. Right now, the activities of the working group are focused on marketing, nomination of the panel of experts, preparation of pitch training and pitch videos, and organisation of the session at the EIT Health Summit.
Go Global/Go Global DigiHealth
Go Global Medtech has already run two out of five two-day workshop sessions, with the third one coming up in the next few weeks. So far, the focus has been on the EU market, but the next session will focus on the United States. In Go Global DigiHealth, the selection process is finished and the programme is ready to kick off after summer. Eight digital health companies from all over the EIT Health partnership have been selected to take part in a unique immersion programme in Silicon Valley in September.
Market Coach Network
The Market Coach Network (MCN) is a programme recently launched to build a European network of experts, who will support start-up acceleration, SME expansion and business creation out of EIT Health activities and projects. Initial steps include defining the global framework of the network, mapping available clusters in the consortium, listing categories of experts and identifying communication tools.

 Upcoming Events & Deadlines

30.08. Workshop for E-Lab in Copenhagen: Workshop covering the EIT Health Education Flagship. Initiative: "EIT HealthStarter Lab (E-Lab) – how to start an ELab?".
14.09. German CLC Partner Assembly in Frankfurt: the German CLC will organise its third Partner Assembly in 2016 with its Core and Associate Partners. The event aims at giving the partners an update about formal announcements, past activities and future strategic plans of the German CLC. For more information about the event, please contact Christine Neumann (

19.09. Partners Assembly: EIT Health Partner Assembly. Invitation for all partners will follow in due course. The assembly will take place from 2 to 5 pm in Amsterdam.

26.09. European Health Science Match in Ludwigshafen: Health Science Match, an innovative format for connecting science, business, society, media and new talent, invites more than 100 international healthcare scientists to discuss research and open up potential collaborations. EIT Health is a network partner of this event, and EIT Health partners receive a 50% discount for regular tickets by using the following promotional code: eithealth16. More information about the event can be found here.

30.09.-04.10. Lisbon Vitality Festival: "Lisbon, city with rights, for all ages" (part of EIT Health Campus activities). The EIT Health international day is 3 October, and is dedicated to professionals, civil servants, VIPs and entrepreneurs.

23.-24.11. EIT Health Summit in Barcelona, Spain. Register your interest to participate here.

CLC & InnoStars Ticker

+++ Belgium-Netherlands: Business Plan Competition - The Business Plan Competition is being communicated to the ecosystem through the partners and the review process for BeNe is being set up.

+++ France: 27-28 June: Bi-lateral meeting CLC Spain – CLC France in Barcelona; June 27 – July 6: the Summer school Big Data for Healthy Living (IBD4Health) took place in Archamps-Technopole (France). It was attended by 24 students from 12 nationalities.

+++ Germany: 9 August, Accelerator Pitch Event on a ship: the German CLC will organize a Pitch Event on a ship in Heidelberg, where promising start-ups will present innovative healthcare solutions. The aim of the event is to select the German winners for the international EIT Health Business Plan Contest 2016, which takes place on 23-24 November in Barcelona. For more information, please contact Bodo Brückner (

+++ Scandinavia: The Scandinavian CLC is currently selecting nominees for the Business Plan Aggregator competition. CLC Scandinavia has finalised the selection process of the seven recipients out of the 30 qualified applicants for Head Start and Proof of Concept funding. The winners are all very much in line with EIT Health’s focus areas and have very high business potential.

+++ Spain: The Spanish competition to take part in the Head Start/Proof of Concept project closed on 6 June, with good participation. In the end, 41 Proof of Concepts (2 modalities) and 24 Head Starts were presented.

+++ UK-Ireland: The EIT Health Summer School on Innovation and Business Creation provides a creative learning environment for 36 students taking part in a transformational action learning experience, to help them develop the practical and transferable skills necessary for successful innovation. The programme took place in two different locations: 11-15 July at Trinity College Dublin and 25-29 July at IESE Business School Barcelona.

+++ InnoStars: The face-to-face assembly of InnoStars Members took place on 13 June in Munich; Local pitch training events and the finals of InnoStars accelerator competitions took place in the end of June/beginning of July in Wales, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Poland, with over 70 applications. The 18 winners of the awards receive institutional support and grants to help them develop healthcare innovations.
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