How to apply

Change the game, improve lives, found your own company. It all starts here.

Each year Wild Card is calling all inventors, creators and self-starters – the very best to apply.

This year, we challenge you to find solutions that can address barriers to advancing women’s healthcare and harnessing digital therapeutics. Teams and individuals applied with solutions already, game-changing ideas or simply with their unique expertise needed to create a transformative start-up.


Closed on 09 Feb 2020


12 – 26 Feb 2020


18 – 26 Feb 2020


02 Mar 2020


Applications for 2020 editions are closed

The first step is filling in the online application form, which comprises a written submission and a three-minute video. You can apply as a small team (max. three people) with an idea, or an individual with or without an idea.*

A short video helps us to get to know you better. Use the three-minute video to pitch your idea and yourself. What makes you, or your solution a game-changer?


All submissions are evaluated after the deadline

Submissions will be reviewed by qualified, independent experts in the field who will assess your level of knowledge and skills in the challenge area and in case of proposals with the solution – its viability. Candidates shortlisted will be invited to the interview stage.


18 – 26 February 2020

If you make the shortlist, you will be invited for one or more online interviews where we will be looking for the right mix of candidates who can bring the most promising ideas to life. Interviewees will find out if they have been successful by 2 March 2020.

The journey begins

2 March 2020

Wild Card is an intensive programme, which requires commitment. Throughout subsequent stages of the programme you will meet new people and will be trained and coached by multiple experts:

 The Meeting Place (02-13 March 2020) is an online space where you will have an opportunity to network with other participants and attend evening lectures on challenges and business/commercialisation questions.

New dates! The Hackathon (05-11 July 2020, Warsaw, Poland), where you’ll be invited to a seven-day course to build, or complement, your team and coached to write your business plan.

New dates! Up to six teams will progress to a ten‑week Business Model Validation phase where you will validate your assumptions with customers and make your business case stronger. The programme will require the commitment of 8-10h per week and will run online, with weekly lectures and feedback session. A kick-off meeting on 1-2 September 2020 will require your participation in person.

New dates! The finalists will pitch for investment on 21-22 October 2020 in Munich, Germany in front of EIT Health panel. EIT Health will select up to 2 teams which will receive investment proposal of up to €2 million each and ongoing support from EIT Health network.

* Please note: Applicants must hold a European Union citizenship (EU Member State, their outermost regions, overseas countries or territories linked to the Member States), Horizon 2020 associated countries, or be a resident of one of the countries listed here. The working language of EIT Health is English, therefore applicants shall possess full professional English language proficiency.

“The Wild Card Programme is a call to action for Europe’s innovators and we are looking for the brightest minds to help solve some of our most pressing health challenges. Our hope is that we are really on our way to find the next breakthroughs in medical sciences.”

Jorge Fernández García, EIT Health Director of Innovation

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