Wild Card Projects


Magda Krakowiak
Innovation Manager, Wild Card Projects
EIT Health

EIT Health Wild Card Projects are high-risk, innovative projects with transformative potential. The projects are targeted at challenges provided by EIT Health Partners, where the “solution” of the challenge would be a major breakthrough.

Each Wild Card Project consists of three distinct parts – the challenge, the team and the network of incubators, which is a flexible structure supporting the project. Connected to these are three processes: challenge identification and selection; team selection; project initiation and support.

Wild Card Projects identify and support truly ground-breaking ideas and projects, focusing on applied research, entrepreneurial ideas and innovative thinking to address healthcare challenges and improve health outcomes for Europe’s citizens.

The challenges are based on proposals from EIT Health Partners.

2019 projects

The Wild Card projects for 2019 both address the challenges of "Mental and Brain Health", which sought projects to improve prediction, diagnosis and treatment to fight mental disorders and strengthen brain health. The projects chosen were:

  • iLof uses a non-invasive, portable, inexpensive photonics and Artificial Intelligence system to screen for Alzheimer's making clinical trials, less expensive, more convenient and patient-centric.
  • Pipra’s data-driven and AI-based application will allow clinicians to inform patients about their individual risk for post-operative cognitive disorders

2018 projects

Based on the 2018 Wild Card Challenges of “Smart Health”, which sought projects that use the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, and “Fight Back”, which sought projects addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance, two projects were chosen to receive mentoring and hosting at an incubator, and €2 million each in development support: 

  • Abtrace uses artificial intelligence to provide doctors with the information they need to pick the correct antibiotic for every patient.
  • Smart4Diagnostics surveils the quality of human blood samples before laboratory testing.

The challenges for 2020:

In 2020, the Wild Cards programme will be seeking innovations that solve one of two challenges:

  • Women’s Health: How to improve prediction, diagnosis and treatment to advance women’s health outcomes?
  • Digital Therapeutics: How to harness the power of digital solutions to prevent, manage and treat medical conditions or disease?

Find out more about the Wild Card Projects here: http://wildcard.eithealth.eu/

Wild Card News

Two new EIT Health Wild Card start-ups begin their journey with up to €2 million in funding

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Six teams named EIT Health Wild Card 2019 finalists

Six teams have emerged successful from the 31 March-5 April 2019 Wild Card Hackathon, which saw 35 hopeful entrepreneurs from across Europe convene in Amsterdam to work through a number of tasks designed to encourage teamwork and improve business skil ...
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Wild-Card Hackathon: Top entrepreneurs compete to tackle health challenges

Thirty of Europe’s most promising healthcare entrepreneurs joined forces in Amsterdam on 31 March 2019 for a week-long challenge as part of EIT Health’s Wild Card programme. Wild Card is designed to take participants, collaborating in ...
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Altran and Sanofi support Wild Card challenge regarding mental and brain health

Altran and Sanofi, two core EIT Health partners from France, are supporting one of the two challenges laid out for this year’s EIT Health Wild Card programme: mental and brain health.
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Applicants sought for Wild Card 2019 projects addressing mental and brain health, and digital biomarkers

The EIT Health Wild Card programme has launched its second year with a call for applications from medical professio ...
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Mental and brain health, and digital biomarkers, to be Wild Card challenges for 2019

The EIT Health Wild Card Programme officially launched its quest to build two new ventures that will tackle the challenge areas of Mental and Brain Health and Digital Biomarkers for Early Diagnos ...
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Q&A: Abtrace Wild Card project employs AI to fight drug-resistant superbugs

Abtrace, a team that seeks to slow the development of “superbugs” by ensuring that antibiotics are used with optimum efficiency, was named on 23 November 2018 as one of two teams that will receive support in the first EIT Health Wi ...
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First EIT Wild Card winner, DX-Labtrack, receiving €2 million to develop real-time sample monitoring

The first team announced as a winner of the EIT Health Wild Card competition is DX-Labtrack GmbH, which provides real-time monitori ...
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