About Wild Card

Don’t wait for a game-changer

Become one

We create new business ventures from teams and individuals with big ideas – people who are not afraid to defy convention, take a risk and with our help, create products and services that could change people’s lives.

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The Challenges

Choose your challenge

Calling all inventors, creators and self-starters – we challenge you to improve the health of people and patients in Europe.

Can you transform...

Eye & Vision

How to mitigate, prevent and cure eye conditions and vision impairment?

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Can you transform...


How to alleviate acute and chronic
pain conditions?

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The Process

Become a Wild Card

The annual call is open to innovators who want to change the course of their future and ours. Wild Card provides world-class training and mentoring, and the opportunity to create a venture with up to €1.5 million investment (grant-for-option).

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TODAY - 16 MARCH 2021


Apply with or without a big idea if you have clinical expertise, top technical skills or business know-how combined with a passion for the challenge topics.

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Deep Dive

Admitted participants start the journey, complete their teams and with support of mentors develop a business proposal and pitch to secure their place in the next stage.

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Shortlisted teams begin a 9-week programme led by industry experts to validate the business proposals and pitch to the EIT Health Panel in late October 2021.

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Up to two chosen teams will receive EIT Health support, resources and €1.5 million investment (grant-for-option) over the next two years to develop and establish their businesses.

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Meet the Wild Cards

Discover the ventures Wild Card has invested in and be inspired by their founders – innovators who started off like you – who built their new company through the Wild Card journey.

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This is only the beginning

The two chosen ventures will embed themselves in a Wild Card incubator of their choosing in Europe. Wild Card is not just a project, teams will need to relocate and focus full-time on building their new start-up with support from EIT Health, the largest healthcare network in Europe.

News & Events

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