Marta Kaczmarek
Communication And Public Affairs Manager
EIT Health InnoStars

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InnoStars Talks

Go outside the lab: Interview with Oxipit, InnoStars Awards 2018 Winner

EIT Health InnoStars presents a new episode of a series of talks with inspiring people in our community who develop innovative ideas. We ask about their journeys, while developing ideas, their professional career paths and motivations. Read More »

New series of interviews with healthcare innovators

EIT Health InnoStars launched a new series of talks on the InnoStarter platform. Read More »




31 August 2019

EIT Health Living Labs 2019: Second call for firms seeking support

If you are part of a health start-up, and want to validate and accelerate your ideas, learn the advantages of a living lab. The EIT Health Living Labs programme provides the benefits of living labs and test beds to entrepreneurs, so they can develop ...

10 September 2019

Innovation-Day Global Health Challenge: Bending the curve of obesity

Students are invited to participate 10-11 October 2019 for EIT Health Innovation Days at University of Copenhagen, where student teams will compete with solutions for the Global Health Case Challenge 2019. This year the challenge is obesity ...

04 October 2019

Start-up Kick Off Training: Make your own entrepreneurship journey

Start-up kick off (Paris E-Lab) is a two-week training divided into two modules hosted by the University of Naples Federico II and Sorbonne University. This training aims to help participants to develop their own entrepreneurship project and turn int ...

16 August 2019

Life science entrepreneurs build abilities in the Hard Skills programme

Recruitment has started for the first edition of the EIT Health Hard Skills programme, organised by EIT Health and the Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer with Celon Pharma cooperation. The course provides training for scientists and entre ...

20 August 2019

Alumni get free travel and entry to Market Access Workshop and Medbaltica Riga

EIT Health Alumni can receive free travel to a Market Access Workshop for Digital Health Start-ups and free entry to the 19-20 September 2019 Medbaltica medicalt trade fair in Riga, Latvia. Are you considering launching a health-tech startup or ...


EIT Health InnoStars brings together 21 Core and Associate Partners from the more progressive regions within European countries where the overall pace of innovation is still moderate. We promote healthcare innovation with competitions, education, support to start-ups, conferences and many other activities.

Headquartered in Budapest, EIT Health InnoStars spans several geographic regions in Hungary, Italy, Poland and Portugal. As EIT Health’s implementer of the Regional Innovation Scheme of the EIT, InnoStars is able to extend its impact beyond these principal regions, to reach an even broader range of European citizens.


The four Core and 17 Associate Partners of EIT Health InnoStars benefit from EIT Health’s unique ability to facilitate collaboration between best-in-class regional health innovators, including universities, global healthcare companies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, academic/research institutes and business creation experts. Strengths of this partnership include:

  • Access to the largest geriatrics medical centres in Portugal and Central Europe.
  • Strong industrial partners in the ICT, medtech and biopharma fields.
  • Four reference sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA).
  • A science-based incubator in Coimbra, Portugal, with a special focus on tech-transfer and creation of spin-offs.

Support to start-ups, training and events

Successful EIT Health-supported activities with lead partners in InnoStars regions include start-ups like Heartgenetics, which transforms genetic data into actionable knowledge for healthcare professionals; SyNoesis Therapeutics, a start-up developing a cure for Parkinson’s Disease; SensDX, which develops diagnostic testing technologies that allow users to accurately identify specific diseases at home; and Smart Ageing Camp Bootcamp, a programme for those who would like to introduce products or services that are dedicated to the elderly.

EIT Health InnoStars organises top-tier events for the EIT Health Community, such as the EIT Health Summit 2018 in Lodz, Poland, Matchmaking 2018 in Campania and the Joint Grand Final 2018 in Budapest.

InnoStars flagship programmes

  • The InnoStars Awards, a funding competition for early-stage healthcare EU start-ups with prototype or minimum viable product ready to be launched on the market. 
  • StarShip, an InnoStars Innovation Fellowship Programme targeting PhD students from InnoStars regions. The StarShip programme provides the next generation of leaders in health innovation hands-on experience using the Stanford Biodesign Methodology. 
  • The Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), a programme designed to close the gap between regions that are leaders in healthcare innovation and areas that are moderate innovators. 

Regional strengths

The InnoStars covers The widest region within EIT Health network, consisting of 14 countries. This area includes the highest concentration of funding for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for innovation, with €20 billion available up to 2023.

EIT Health InnoStars News

37 talents graduated from L-ead Summer School 2019

L-ead Summer School is a distinctive programme run by EIT Health Partners which educates students in the field of healthcare digital transformation. The closing module of the programme took place between 15-19 July in Budapest.
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From the laboratory to the market: IP Roadshow in Italy

A series of meetings with Italian innovators took place in Sicily, on 10-12 July. The roadshow, led by Italian EIT Health Hub was focused on patents, intellectual property rights and innovations in healthcare.
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Learning from excellence: EIT Health Hubs and InnoStars Partners visit Oxford

On 26-28 June 2019, EIT Health Hubs together with InnoStars Partners visited the innovation hub in Oxford. This is the Oxford’s innovation ecosystem that contains organisations and institutions such as University of Oxford, ...
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Smart-Up Lab 2019: the Neapolitan edition

From initial idea to business concept, this is how EIT Health Smart-Up Lab programme might shortly be described. On 19 July 2019, at University of Naples ‘Federico II’, the ‘Idea Presentation’- as part of Smart-Up Lab project - took place.
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EIT Hub presented in Israel

The establishment of the EIT Hub in Israel is expected to expand the EIT Community’s presence and volume of activities in the country in particular in the area of business support.
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InnoStars Awards 2019 boost 15 start-ups from Regional Innovation Scheme countries

Fifteen start-ups from Central, Eastern and Southern European countries that are still developing in terms of healthcare innovation will be given €25 000 in funding, as well as training and mentorin ...
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Think outside the box: how to begin your start-up journey?

Meet Dora Marosvolgyi, EIT Jumpstarter mentor, who gives a piece of advice to young innovators, how they can get the most from the EIT programmes like Jumpstarter.
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InnoStars names 15 innovative healthcare start-ups as recipients of 2019 EIT Health Headstart support

EIT Health InnoStars has chosen 15 InnoStars start-ups as the winners of EIT Health Headstart support for 2019. They will recei ...
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EIT Health Hub runs Picnic for Health

The Medical University of Gdańsk - EIT Health Hub - educates about healthy living and active ageing, promoting EIT Health activities as well.
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10 start-ups coming from InnoStars regions compete in the next stage of Start-ups Meet Pharma

The most promising start-ups want to tackle some of the top pharma challenges and develop solutions that can change clinical trials or treatment for Parkinson ...
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EIT Health E-boat ‘’moored” to the Medical University of Łódź

E-Boat is the very first bootcamp programme for start-ups with innovative mobile health solutions that partially takes place during the sea-trip.
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Innostars contributes to the European Workshop in Bratislava

The European Workshop in Bratislava was arranged in aim to strengthen regional cooperation including CEE countries with the specific focus on the field of Medicinal and Pharma Biotechnologies.
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Innostars prepared the recommendations on the development of the Medical University of Łódź

A new excellence strategy of the EIT Health Core Partner will direct and divert the course of the university’s future in the field of research and development for the ...
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EIT Health InnoStars celebrates European Day in Budapest

EIT and EIT Health InnoStars joined a national celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Hungary becoming a member state of the European Union.
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EIT Health InnoStars at #DEMODAY

On Thursday, May 9. 2019, in HubHub, Prague, an evening was dedicated to the final pitches of the international acceleration programme for digital start-ups with impactful innovation. Mikołaj Gurdała as a representative of EIT Health InnoStars was one ...
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Healthcare innovations cannot happen without health literacy

Think Tank Roundtable took place at the University of Porto on 9 May 2019. The participants designed strategies to empower health literacy.
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InnoStars just launched its Morning Health Talks

The first event took place on 27. May and was focused on R&D for health needs, with participation of Dr. Attila Végh and Balazs Furjes.
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Know-how transfer: from InnoStars to EIT Health RIS Hubs

Over the Spring of 2019, under the auspices of EIT Regional Innovation Scheme Programme, EIT Health InnoStars ran a series of dedicated training workshops focusing on local project development.
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'Commercialization of science is possible thanks to partnerships like EIT Health' – Prof. Lucyna Woźniak

EIT Health InnoStars and its Core Partner contributed to the national discussion about commercialization of life sc ...
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Accelerating innovative ideas with EIT Jumpstarter in Budapest

The EIT Jumpstarter Budapest bootcamp was the second event of the six Bootcamps organized in Central-Eastern- and Southern-Europe (EIT’s RIS region) by EIT Health, EIT Food and EIT RawMaterials jointly. Bright minds from nine countries and three thema ...
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