About Us

In Europe, our research credentials are strong. Across all industries, and in particular healthcare, we are leading the way for new research innovations and developments. We now need to translate this research into real-world smart products and service solutions to improve European citizen’s healthcare.

We believe these ideas exist, and it’s up to us to discover and develop them.


Wild Card is a new initiative, pioneered by EIT Health, to identify and support innovative and high-risk ideas with the potential to transform an area within European healthcare.

We are looking for truly ground-breaking ideas and projects that address healthcare challenges and improve the health outcomes for Europe’s citizens.

Focusing on applied research, entrepreneurial ideas and innovative thinking, we are seeking ideas and projects that address one of two challenge areas:

SMART HEALTH: How to transform medical diagnostics with artificial intelligence and big data?

Personalised patient data can revolutionise diagnosis and treatment – but the real problem is capturing, storing and making sense of it.

The SMART HEALTH challenge sets entrepreneurs the task of building new solutions that use AI to quickly interpret large, unstructured data sets within existing regulatory frameworks, allowing healthcare professionals across the EU to improve patient care.

Further detail of the SMART HEALTH challenge can be found here.

FIGHT BACK: How to manage antibiotic resistance in European healthcare?

Unless robust action is taken now, antibiotic resistance could become Europe’s biggest health crisis. Simple hospital procedures will carry risk again, while old, dangerous diseases could become widespread.

The FIGHT BACK challenge tasks entrepreneurs with building innovative solutions to take on antibiotic resistance. The most effective solution must both raise awareness of the problem and also enable new devices, processes and methodologies to manage it across the EU healthcare landscape.

Further detail of the FIGHT BACK challenge can be found here.

Please see the FAQ for detail.

About EIT Health

Wild Card is an EIT Health initiative.

EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. Its goal is to sustainably advance the fundamentals of healthcare and thus promote suitable future conditions for healthy living, active ageing and improved wellbeing of people across Europe. EIT Health leverages the expertise of around 150 member organisations from the pharma, diagnostics and med tech fields, payers, insurers, research institutions and universities. As one of the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), the initiative benefits from some of the world’s best-in-class academic and research organisations and offers both higher education and business expertise. By investing in Europe’s best entrepreneurial talents and ideas, EIT Health fosters the development and commercialization of smart product and service solutions in the health sector, addressing the challenges posed by demographic change and ageing societies.

Headquartered in Munich (Germany), EIT Health has six co-location centres in London (UK/Ireland), Stockholm (Scandinavia), Barcelona (Spain), Paris (France), Mannheim and Heidelberg (Germany/Switzerland) and Rotterdam (Belgium/Netherlands), as well as regional “EIT Health InnoStars” clusters consisting of industry partners, academia, and health providers linked to seven regions in six countries – Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Italy and Wales.

More information on EIT Health can be found here: https://www.eithealth.eu/