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 »




04 December 2019

EIT Digital/EIT Health call for expressions of interest in cross-KIC activity to combat child obesity

EIT Health and EIT Digital have united in a Cross-KIC activity “Combating Child Obesity”, to help bring to market innovations that address one of the primary health challenges of the 21st century. Partners from EIT Health and EIT Digital are invited ...

15 November 2019

EIT Health Alumni photo contest: Post your pictures!

Do you have a flair for photography and share our passion for the EIT Health Alumni Community? Take a picture that shows the spirit of our Alumni community best, post it on our EIT Health Alumni facebook page&n ...

15 November 2019

EIT Health Alumni Spain: Moving cleverly, moving further

The first annual gathering in Spain of the EIT Health Alumni Network will take place in Barcelona on 29 November at 6pm. The event will focus on professional transitions in the health innovation ecosystem, featuring the inspirational stories of our Al ...

30 December 2019

Enrol in the EIT Health Ageing PhD School (Ageing@EITHealth)

EIT Health Ageing PhD School (Ageing@EITHealth) is a pan-European doctoral programme bringing together EIT Health academic and non-academic partners to train a new generation of PhD specialists in cell biology, bio-medicine, neuroscience, epidemi ...

20 November 2019

Food4Health opens second Call for Expressions of Interest

Food4Health Programme Opportunity Food4Health's first two projects officially launched on 1 September and the programme has opened the second call for Expressions of Interest for partners to participate in the 2020 tasks of those projects. Food4Heal ...


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

EIT Health RIS achievements summarised in Barcelona

EIT Health Hubs joined the 2019 RIS Summit that preceded the EIT Health Matchmaking in Barcelona.
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The great success of EIT Health InnoStars community in the 2019 Call for Reference Sites

The Medical University of Łódź, Porto4ageing by University of Porto and Ageing@Coimbra by Regional Authority of the Centre Region (CCRDC) - all of them received the highest score ...
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Start-up and Pitching Roadshow in Italy: EIT Health Hub works on upgrading start-ups skills

Roadshow was led by one of EIT Health Hubs - Consorzio Arca, which organized the pitching training for start-ups which are interested in developing their entrepreneuri ...
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2019 Health Venture Lab Grand Final in Budapest

On 19 October 2019, in Budapest, EIT Health together with Health Venture Lab (HVL) and GE Healthcare organised “Supercharging Your Health” Demo Day, the summarising event of the international healthcare accelerator programme.
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EIT Health “Meets” in Italy for Life Sciences

Three days, 450 international institutions, and 50 meetings with start-ups – all in one place. Between 16 and 18 October, EIT Health was present as a Partner in Trieste, where the Meet in Italy for Life Sciences event took place.
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We know the finalists of the 2019 InnoStars Awards

This year InnoStars Awards Final will take place as a satellite event of BioEurope on the 13 November in Hamburg.
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EIT Health and others in EIT Community discover strengths of Israel's innovation ecosystem

EIT Health, together with EIT Food, EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Climate Community, met at the new EIT Hub in Israel between 21-26 September 2019 to learn more about the Isr ...
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EIT Health Hubs ignite i-Days 2019

This year, about 40% of the i-Days events will take place in Central, Eastern and Southern regions, and will be organised by EIT Health Hubs and InnoStars Partners.
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EIT Health Think Tank Roundtable 2019 comes to Portugal

The roundtable discussion was joined by over twenty experts from different fields of healthcare innovations - top tier Portuguese leaders and EIT Health representatives.
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Twelve healthcare projects from emerging regions get kick-start from EIT Health

A system allowing 24/7 heart monitoring, a device helping diabetes patients avoid leg amputation, an AI-enhanced software looking for the early signs of Alzheimer and an innovative endoprostesis which allows to repl ...
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HeaLIQs4Cities 2019: Healthy Living Room on-the-go reaches out to citizens

HeaLIQs4Cities is one of the EIT Health projects enhancing healthier lives of European citizens. For the first time the Healthy Living Room is mobile, hitting the road on 4 September 2019.
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European Commission nominates EIT Health experts to shape Horizon Europe Missions

The University of Coimbra, the University of Evora, the University of Lisbon and the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine were selected as members of the mission boards - one of the main innovations of H ...
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The three most popular domains of early-stage healthcare innovations in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe

On the basis of their experience with participants of EIT Jumpstarter programme, experts running th ...
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EIT Health-accelerated start-up launches innovative AI yoga app

YogaNotch is an innovative app developed by Notch Interfaces, a Hungarian start-up that won an EIT Health InnoStars Award in 2016. Almost three years after the team received EIT Health support, they have launched an intelligent application and smart d ...
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EIT Health InnoStars dominates in Start-ups Meet Pharma 2019

BestHealth4U and InSignals Neurotech beat out one hundred other European companies and they have already begun working on the development of their products with potential investors and EIT Health Partners.
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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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