Wild Card is a venture builder, challenging talent and nurturing smart ideas to impact healthcare.

Pioneered by EIT Health, Wild Card is a unique, venture-building health innovation programme.

We challenge Europe’s entrepreneurs, scientists, medical professionals, technical experts and researchers to help solve some of our biggest health problems.

Why we do this?

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 healthcare.

Driven by our commitment to supporting talent and delivering change, we believe these ideas exist and together we can discover and develop them.

Our Wild Card teams are founded on a common love of problem-solving and a desire to make a difference in healthcare.

What do we do?

Pioneered by EIT Health, Wild Card is a unique, venture-building health innovation programme.

We challenge Europe’s entrepreneurs, scientists, medical professionals, technical experts and researchers to help solve some of our biggest health problems.

Our goal is to deliver tangible solutions which will enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives. To do this, each year we select different two different areas of healthcare that have a significate impact on the wider public.

Focusing on applied research, entrepreneurship and innovative thinking, Wild Card identifies and nurtures teams of next-generation talent with high-risk, smart ideas – taking participants on the journey from concept to thriving commercial business.

How we do this?

Through our unique programme, we:

  1. Support and accelerate the formation of skilled and ambitious teams by facilitating connections with other like-minded innovators;
  2. Provide best-in class mentors and business coaches to equip participants with the knowledge and expertise necessary to start on the right path;
  3. Support and fund these teams on their journey to incorporation and for 2 following years.

In short…

You bring the ideas, drive and entrepreneurial spirit. We provide the environment, opportunities and mentoring support. Together, we can impact healthcare.

Do you have what it takes to become the next Wild Card winner?

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/