Kurt E. Hoeller
EIT Health Accelerator is a business creation programme, set up to support the best and brightest health industry entrepreneurs. To tackle the future challenges of European healthcare, EIT Health Accelerator creates a favourable environment for innovation, providing skills and services to get promising business ideas into the market. The Accelerator pillar of EIT Health provides support to healthcare entrepreneurs at every stage of the process.
We INCUBATE ideas
The INCUBATE! activity line offers support for not-yet entrepreneurs or scientists wanting to develop start-ups. Activities include innovation training and assistance with initiatives like Launchlab, or other Bootcamp programmes that help entrepreneurs create a business plan out of an initial idea or research project.
We VALIDATE concepts
The VALIDATE! line places emphasis on validating products and services. Our network of Living Labs and Test Beds provides entrepreneurs the means to test products throughout the value chain. Other activities allow entrepreneurs to gain understanding in local/regional regulatory and reimbursement schemes and have access to market experts.
We SCALE businesses
SCALE! activities focus on more mature start-ups and SMEs, to facilitate access to tools and networks for financing and market expansion. The European Health Catapult programme awards funding to companies with the best business plans and provides training in pitching and competitiveness. Our GoGlobal Programme supports European ventures so that they can expand beyond Europe’s borders to the U.S., China and Brazil.
Through its INCUBATE! Activity line, EIT Health’s Accelerator pillar supports scientists and would-be entrepreneurs in developing their concepts for healthcare innovations into market-ready products and services. The following programmes can assist startups and SMEs that are just getting their ideas off the ground.
Once an innovative idea is launched, the entrepreneurs developing the idea must validate that their concept is commercially viable, and they also must validate their business model and general approach. The need for validation of ideas remains constant throughout the development of innovative healthcare products and services. The programmes below offer training that is of value to anyone seeking to test out concepts that they want to apply in the real world.
When innovative healthcare SMEs and startups have developed their idea and begun to market it, SCALE! activities help these entrepreneurs to continue growing. Companies can scale up the size of their business and scale out to new markets. The programmes in this activity line can get entrepreneurs beyond the startup phase and help small enterprises become big ones.