Wild Card is a call to action for Europe’s innovators and game-changers to solve the biggest healthcare challenges of our time.

We believe these ideas exist already. We want to discover them, and with you, bring them to life.

How it Works

The Wild Card programme encompasses elements of innovation, education and business creation.

1. The Challenges

Each year the Wild Card programme addresses two European healthcare challenges.

Our job is to find the right people to tackle them—yours is to solve them.

This year, we’re asking innovators to find solutions to MENTAL AND BRAIN HEALTH and DIGITAL BIOMARKERS.

2. Hackathon

An open call for applications for individuals and small teams within the EU opens each year. We invite 30 – 40 participants to a 5-day hackathon where they are supported by industry experts and business mentors. We help individuals to form teams to develop their ideas into high-risk, high-impact innovations with a strong likelihood of successful implementation in the real world.

3. Acceleration

Following the hackathon, shortlisted teams begin a 10-week acceleration programme.

During customer discovery process we validate the basic assumptions of their projects/ideas and refine their business models to ensure the project can deliver successful solutions to the market.

4. New Ventures

After the acceleration process, two winning teams receive non-dilutive funding to the value of €2 million to help develop their projects.

As well as 2 years of support from mentors, coaches and incubators within the EIT Health network across the EU.

2019 Timeline

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Put your ambition to work. Join a community of European innovators who share a passion for solving complex healthcare challenges.

Together, we can push the boundaries of science and entrepreneurship.

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