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 early detection of cancer and mental health. Teams and individuals applied with solutions already, game-changing ideas or simply with their unique expertise needed to create a transformative start-up.


15 December 2021 – 14 March 2022


15 March – 11 April 2022


12 April – 16 May 2022


17 May 2022

Applications to 2022 programme are open

Before 14 March 2022

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. five people) with an idea or entrepreneur seeking business opportunity.*

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.


12 April – 16 May 2022

If you make the shortlist, you will be invited for an online interview 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 17 May 2022.

The journey begins

June 2022

Participation in Wild Card programme will require commitment. Throughout subsequent stages of the programme, you will meet new people and will be trained and coached by multiple high-level experts. You should be able to dedicate:

  • up to 8 days in Deep Dive stage (June-July 2022)
  • up to 4 days plus approx. 10h/week in Business Model Validation (September-October 2022)

EIT Health expects that founders selected for investment will dedicate their full working capacity to the development of the start-up as of January 2023.

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

“We know this talent is out there and looking for the right opportunities. Through this programme, we hope to find them and offer them the business, research and financial supports necessary to bring their ideas to the next level.”

Jan-Phillip Beck, EIT Health Chief Executive Oficer

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