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EIT Health Wild Card 2022

Change the game, improve lives, found your own company. It all starts with EIT Health Wild Card

Each year Wild Card is calling all inventors, creators and self-starters – the very best to apply. This year, EIT Health challenges you to find solutions that can address barriers to advancing early detection of cancer and mental health. Teams and individuals applied with solutions already, game-changing ideas or simply with their unique expertise needed to create a transformative start-up.


The programme follows a comprehensive format, taking individuals and small teams as participants through team formation (optional), training, need and market validation as well as rigorous stress-testing of the solution. In the end, EIT Health will invest in up to two best teams with business proposals. 

Stage 1. Deep dive: Spanning over one month in this first phase of the programme, participants will get to know each other, complete and/or form teams.  Those teams will then work on their projects and ideas with the support of mentors that will aid them to sharpen their proposals.  

Stage 2. Business Model Validation: Up to 8 successful teams from stage 1 will be invited to continue the journey on a 9-week, part-time acceleration programme, which will lead teams through the customer discovery process and business model validation. During this stage, participants will be tasked to validate key assumptions with regards to their proposal. The two-hour weekly sessions will be conducted online, and each team will be assigned dedicated US and European mentors to support them on the journey. 

Investment Pitch: Final pitch in front of EIT Health Panel where teams present their final proposals for investment. Up to two teams will be selected for investment.  

Wild Card Ventures: Following the incorporation into a start-up, if applicable, Wild Card ventures will be offered, access to EIT Health network and partners, lead mentor, organisation coaches,  ongoing support from EIT Health Project Manager and up to €750,000 funding/team/year. 

You can now apply for the 2022 Wild Card programme! Applications are open until 14 March