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

Henk de Jong, Royal Philips: Take Your First Step into Digital Transformation Now

Deep Trends that are Transforming the Future of Health Technology were shared during an exclusive debate organised on 4 March 2019 by Medical University of Łódź, Core Partner of EIT Health, in participation ...
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InnoStarter platform helps entrepreneurs find the Accelerator programme that can help them

The new Innostarter platform allows entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to search all EIT Health Accelerator activities and find the programme that is best for them. Devel ...
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Text and videos: Forbes-InnoStars panel identifies healthcare trends

Five trends in the future of healthcare were identified by leaders in healthcare innovation in Europe during a special panel of InnoStars Partners and other EIT Health Partners organised by Forbes Magazine at the EIT Health Summit 2018 in December. Th ...
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RIS Hub Summit in Budapest: Networking and sharing best practices

The annual RIS Hub Summit organised on 18-19 February 2019 in Budapest by EIT Health InnoStars brought together the EIT Health RIS Community to present the forthcoming milestones and support Hubs in implementing EIT Health activities in emerging Europ ...
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MatchPoint: InnoStars joins student initiative to unite young innovators in Budapest

MatchPoint is a new matchmaking initiative, co-organised by EIT Health InnoStars in cooperation with one of the InnoStars Partners, Semmelweis University, as well as external organisations: Demol ...
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EIT Health opens door to Greek start-ups

The National Documentation Centre, one of the EIT Health RIS Hubs, actively supported the healthcare innovation ecosystem and the implementation of the EIT Health RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) in Greece during a January innovation competition spons ...
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EIT Health 2018 StarShip winner garners award in Portugal

A University of Porto researcher who won the EIT Health StarShip Programme in 2018 with his team, became one of the winners of the Portuguese 2018 Youth Participatory Budget. As a winner, Hernâni Zão Oliveira's Âmago project is going to receive €50 00 ...
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DEX IC promotes EIT Health Accelerator during Startup Europe Week 2019

The 2019 edition of the European Commission-supported Startup Europe Week will be held 11-14 March in 40 countries and more than 200 towns. In one of those towns, Liberec, Czech Republic, the event will be hosted by DEX Innovation Center, an EIT Healt ...
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RIS Hubs added in Slovenia, Estonia to help build innovation ecosystem in Europe

Tartu Biotechnoloogia Park in Estonia and Ljubljana University Incubator in Slovenia became the latest two organisations to join in EIT Health's network of Regional Innovation Scheme Hubs.
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InnoStars supports Budapest students in presenting innovations

Students from a variety of disciplines were to present their proposals for innovations in healthcare and other fields to an audience of representatives of incubation programmes and investors in MatchPoint, a 6 February 2019 matchmaking programme at Se ...
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Bluepharma and CRU Hungary are new InnoStars Partners

InnoStars extends a warm welcome to its two newest partners, Bluepharma of Portugal and CRU Hungary.
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EIT Health initiatives nominated for European Association Awards

The EIT Health InnoStars StarShip programme and the Cross-KIC Jumpstarter programme were nominated for European Association Awards, which celebrate the vital work that the European Associations do for and on behalf of their members. Award winners are ...
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Glintt hosts other EIT Health partners in European Innovation Networks event

EIT Health Partner Glintt hosted the "European Innovations Network" in December in Lisbon, where panelists – including those from EIT Health Partners in Spain and Hungary – focused on creating an innovation network that brings ...
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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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