Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

Wild Card Projects are highly innovative projects with a potentially trans-formative impact on healthcare, which if successful, can be a major breakthrough in a healthcare/ prevention-related area.

This cross-pillar activity, based on challenges provided by the EIT Health community, will offer a flexible structure to support newly created start-ups.  Incubators’ and accelerators’ engagement throughout the process is essential to Wild Card projects’ success.

Therefore enlisted below items and services will be included in the offer presented to the winning teams and constitute a commitment of engagement in the EIT Health Wild Card projects instrument.


STARTUPV is the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the UPV and consists of a network of spaces for startups within the university campuses of Valencia, Gandia and Alcoi. Each one of the university schools have a space for the students to start a new entrepreneurial initiative. In addition, there is also a whole building available with a co-working space for over 20 startups, and private offices for over 30 more. Several of these spaces could be used to host winning teams. In addition, the university would make available the access to laboratories and fablab for the WildCards teams. Finally, La Fe Hospital, just 5 minutes far from the university, is a partner of the university and would help these teams in clinical trials and with other services.


Basic support for hosted teams includes Internet access, security and cleaning services. In addition, STARTUPV include legal, access to funding, trainings, marketing and IT assessment for the hosted teams. STARTUPV is one of the entrepreneurial services of the university, carried out by IDEAS UPV, that also includes the dissemination of the entrepreneurial culture among the university community, mentoring, trainings, an automatic tool to build teams (TeamerUp), creation and development of startups and university spin-offs, and access to public and private funding. IDEAS UPV was created in 1992, and was awarded with the Entrepreneurship promotion award of the European Enterprise Awards in 2009. IDEAS UPV also contributed to obtain the European Union label of EER for the Valencian Region in 2015.


STARTUPV is a key stakeholder in our regional entrepreneurial ecosystem which also includes Instituto de Biomecánica de València, Hospital La Fe, Hospital Clínico, our local government, several business accelerators and incubators such as Demium Startups, Bbooster, Plug’n’Play or Lanzadera, several business angel associations and a public-private investment fund of 4M€ called Tech Transfer UPV created with the aim of investing in startups from the university. Tech Transfer UPV has already invested in two startups from the health sector: Quibim and AW Sensors.

Name of the EIT Health Partner or affiliated entity:              

Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV (partner with Instituto de Biomecánica de València, IBV).

Address, country/region:   

IDEAS-UPV, Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación, Edif. 8B, Acceso N, 4ª planta, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain)

Contact person for the purpose of the Wild Card projects:

Israel Griol-Barres, STARTUPV ecosystem manager, igriol@ideas.upv.es, (+34) 635822875

Oscar Morant, IDEAS UPV, omorant@ideas.upv.es, (+34) 669404487

José Millet, Vice-rector for Entrepreneurship and Employment, jmillet@eln.upv.es, (+34) 963879107

Up to now, more than 200 startups, created by university students and graduates, have been hosted in our ecosystem.

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