Living Labs and Test Beds

Cecilia Vera-Muñoz
Project Manager and Senior Researcher
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Hervé Michel
Jagadeesh Gandla
Accelerator Programme Manager
EIT Health

This programme provides the benefits of living labs and test beds to entrepreneurs, so they can develop market-ready products with high added value and a high probability of success. Living labs and test beds are open innovation ecosystems where stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and patients, cooperate on solutions to healthcare challenges. Living labs support the innovation process throughout the different phases of the value chain, including ideation, co-creation, validation and scale-up. 

Important project dates

We have established several cut-off dates for application throughout the year. The first is the application deadline of 27 January 2019.

The other dates will be announced in February.

Is it for me?

The programme is open to any European start-up, SME, entrepreneur or innovation project that aims to improve their product by validating, co-creating and ideating with the end-user in a real environment.

All organisations seeking to try or improve their products are invited to work with the EIT Health living labs network. It has a wide geographic coverage throughout Europe and wide coverage of thematic areas such as MedTech, Digital Health or e-health, allowing a diverse group of organisations to benefit from the network across Europe.

The programme

The Living Labs and Test Bed programme to accelerate start-ups and SMEs was launched in 2018, and has four phases:

  1. Annual call (six cut-off dates, bimonthly): Annually, start-ups and SMEs from Europe can request access to the services of the European network of living labs and test beds focused on the healthcare domain, and the EIT Health living labs network.
  2. Analysis of applications and needs: A group of experts from the project consortium analyses applications, performs a needs analysis, and selects living labs and test beds that are best suited to the applicant’s needs.
  3. Matchmaking and contact: This phase exists to agree upon, define and organise the specific service to be provided.
  4. Follow up: Both the living lab or test bed and the start-up will be monitored by a living lab expert, who is responsible for the project network to accompany the process. They will gather information to evaluate the proper functioning of the programme, and make any necessary improvements.


Applications will be available here.

External partner

Forum LLSA

A video about the EIT Health Living Labs network

EIT Health partners in this project