Marta Kaczmarek
Communication And Public Affairs Manager
EIT Health InnoStars

Major milestones

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Upcoming Events

15.10.2018 - 15.10.2018 Munich, Germany
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EIT Health InnoStars brings together 24 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 Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Wales. 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 18 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. The most promising start-ups compete for up to €25,000 in prize money. The 2017 winner InnoStars Award winner was Oxipit and the 2017 winner was SensDX.
  • 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. In 2018 the Starship programme trained 24 fellows with a high outreach from more than ten RIS-eligible countries, and the winner was an innovation for athletes. 
  • 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. InnoStars executes EIT Health's RIS programme, which seeks to give citizens in less developed European countries access to the benefits of innovation, including new products and services supporting active ageing and healthy living.

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

Call for RIS hubs in Slovenia and Estonia: Apply by 29 January

EIT Health is seeking applications by 29 January from organisations in Slovenia and Estonia to cooperate with EIT Health as EIT Health Hub within the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme programme in 2019.
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Videos: Alumni Board Managers interviewed at the EIT Health Summit

Alumni Board Managers Ayse Tolunay and Ben Hayward recorded video interviews at the EIT Health Summit in Lodz, Poland in December, just after hosting their own Alumni Summit in the same town. They spoke of the special benefits of belonging to EIT Heal ...
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Students develop innovations at first EIT Health Arrowhead Workshop for Digital European Health Services

Student teams developed digital healthcare innovations, like an application for personalised medication and a chatb ...
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Participant details events of 1st EIT Health Alumni Summit in December

Graduates of EIT Health programmes participated in the first EIT Health Alumni Summit in Lodz, Poland, in early December. One participant, cross-KIC Alumnus Mark Aguinaldo from Climate KIC, wrote a blog post detailing the useful information and positi ...
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EIT Health VentureLab: Start-ups compete with final pitches

EIT Health VentureLab's closing event for 2018 brought more than 80 guests to the A38 Boat in Budapest on 12 December for a "Demo Day", featuring pitches by participants in the EIT Health Accelerator programme, which is designed to provide start-ups w ...
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Three digital healthcare start-ups awarded in Poland during Innovation Day

The Medical University of Gdańsk – one of the RIS Hubs - in cooperation with the Medical University of Łódź – the Core Partner of EIT Health InnoStars - organised the Innovation Days that took place on 27–28 November 2018, in Poland. T ...
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Second RIS Hub Summit in Łódź – Focusing on actions

RIS Hub representatives and the InnoStars RIS team met on 6 December in Łódź, Poland to discuss the learnings of the year and the future perspectives through the planned actions for 2019. The recently selected three new RIS Hubs from Croatia, the Czec ...
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Smart-Up Lab 2018 has a winner!

On 13 December, the University of Naples Federico II, an EIT Health Partner, organised a Final Pitch Contest for the teams of Smart-up Lab@Naples and the graduation ceremony for the participants of the programme. The winner is Belti Team, who created ...
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Europe’s top health start-ups in Biotech, Medtech and Digital Health win cash and recognition at EIT Health Summit

SyNoesis, a start-up developing a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, Sleepiz, a ...
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EIT Health Summit 2018: Register by 21 November for our seminal event in healthcare innovation

Registration is open until 21 November for the EIT Health Summit in Łódź, Poland on 4-5 December 2018, a major happening in healthcare and the biggest even ...
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EIT Health event 'Praça Vida+'

The Praça Vida+, was an event organised in the context of the European project Healthy Lifestyle Innovation Quarters for Cities and Citizens, that took place between 20-22 July at Alma Shopping, in Coimbra. At Praça Vida+, citizens were encouraged to ...
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Students can innovate at I-Day events around Europe in November

Details have been released for 17 Innovation Days scheduled around Europe in November, to offer hundreds of students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills and work in teams on developing healthcare innovations. Another event is set for March ...
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Six start-ups to vie for €60 000 in InnoStars Awards grants

At the end of the InnoStars Awards training, six innovative start-ups were chosen by the international expert jury panel to proceed to the finals of EIT Health’s InnoStars Awards start-up competition on 16 November 2018 in Budapest, where €60 000 in ...
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Smart-Up Lab: Register by 20 September

EIT Health is piloting a new programme at the University of Tartu. Together with UT IdeaLab and Tartu Biotechnology Park, we are introducing the SMART-UP LAB.
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Business in Biobanking and Population Health Data Event: Register by 5 September

On the 13-14 of September, EIT Health partners University Medical Center Groningen and University Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship, together with Biomarker Bay, will host the 2nd Business in Biobanking and ...
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Assessing regional innovation ecosystems in the InnoStars regions

On 4 July 2018, the Department of Economics, Management and Institutions at the University of Naples “Federico II” brought together a focus group to discuss collaboration in the regional health innovation ecosystem – in particular cooperation between ...
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Hellenic Innovation Forum 2018

On 19-20 June 2018 in Athens, the Greek RIS Hub (the National Documentation Centre (EKT)), participated in the Second Hellenic Innovation Forum.
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Interview about U. Porto and RIS Hub

Incubators and accelerators play a decisive role in the development of start-ups. Their relationship with these companies is born out of their ability to transform scientific research into new innovative technologies, especially when combining academi ...
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