What is wild card?

Wild Card builds game-changing life sciences companies. We challenge the best to help find solutions that will transform healthcare.

Every year, Wild Card builds two new ventures that break new ground, push boundaries and  troubleshoot some of European healthcare’s greatest challenges. We attract the brightest talent, mentor founders-to-be and invest up to €2 million in the two most promising ventures.

Launched in 2017, Wild Card is backed by EIT Health – one of the largest healthcare networks in the world, counting 150 world-leading organisations as partners and supported by the European Union.

Make Wild Card your next career move

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

Wild Card isn’t a side project or a hobby, it’s a unique opportunity to develop your career and create your own business.

REFINE AND VALIDATE

Perfect your idea with coaching and mentoring from world class experts to fill in knowledge gaps and create a solid business plan.

SECURE INVESTMENT

We’ll invest up to €2m in the two most promising teams and for the next 24 months, we’ll provide mentoring, coaching and networking support to help build your venture.

Daring disrupters apply today

The two challenge areas Wild Card 2020 is focused on are: advancing women’s health and progressing digital therapeutics.

Wild Card is seeking the very best in Europe. If you’re a talented innovator with the following skills, knowledge and entrepreneurial appetite, we want to hear from you!

Technical

Do you have extensive experience in technology or science? The technical lead will provide practical knowledge to bring the idea to life.

Clinical

Are you a practising physician or have on-the-ground experience in a clinical setting? The clinical lead will focus on the healthcare delivery issues.

Business

Have you got strong entrepreneurial skills or robust market experience in the related challenge area? The business lead will focus on the business objectives, customer definition, and business plan.

“In every interaction, our paradigms were broken, and we were presented with thought-provoking questions, newly discovered problems and subsequently, untapped solutions by the world’s leading industrial specialists. An amazing  experience!”

Vanessa Gurie, co-founder and CEO i-Ophthalmology

WHAT TO EXPECT

Apply stage icon

STAGE 1

APPLY

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.

Hackathon stage icon

STAGE 2

HACKATHON

Chosen Wild Card participants are invited to an intensive week-long training session to form a team, develop a business plan and pitch their ideas.

Validate stage icon

STAGE 3

VALIDATE

Successful teams begin a 10-week programme led by industry experts to validate the business proposals and pitch to the EIT Health Panel.

Venture stage icon

STAGE 4

Venture

Two chosen ventures will receive EIT Health support, resources and €2 million investment over the next two years to develop and establish their businesses.

Become a game-changer

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to learn about the next call opening

Back to top