EIT Wild Card

Six teams announced as Wild Card 2019 finalists

The teams will be progressing to the next stage, hoping to secure funding and business supports for their healthcare innovations.  

Last week’s Wild Card Hackathon saw 35 hopeful entrepreneurs travel to Amsterdam from across Europe for a week-long event that saw participants work through a number of tasks designed to encourage teamwork and improve business skills.

Six teams have been selected to continue to the next stage of the programme: Business Model Validation – a ten-week journey of intensive mentoring and customer discovery, before entering the final pitch contest in July.

Kicking off early May in Paris at the ICM (Brain and Spine Institute), the finalists will work more closely with their mentors to test their hypotheses, validate and develop value propositions and identify appropriate business models for their proposed solutions to meet the Wild Card healthcare challenges.

The mentors will be supporting the teams through a series of sessions looking at key issues in innovation and entrepreneurship such as intellectual property, de-risking projects and business economics.

EIT Health Director of Innovation Jorge Fernandez Garcia said: “During the Hackathon, the participants were tested on their team-building qualities as much as their business healthcare innovation proposals. We have selected teams who have shown real potential to perform well together, in order to identify the specific unmet needs within the Wild Card challenge areas and find feasible, impactful solutions to address them.”

The six teams progressing to the next stage following the Hackathon are:

In Digital Biomarkers – Improving early diagnostics with the application of digital biomarkers

  • BioDTek: Enrique Hernandez, Eduard Guerrero, Erika Plata, Francisco Jesus Aloa, and Edilberto Ojeda.
  • Dinosis: Miguel Amador, Jane Bourgninaud and Andreu Oliver.
  • Phi: Mahmoud Tavakoli and Pedro Lopes.

In Brain and Mental Health – Improving prediction, diagnosis and treatment to fight mental disorders and strengthen brain health

  • iLoF: Luis Valente and Joana Paiva.
  • Panthera: Alfonso Maria Ponsiglione, Clemens Lowik and Kranthi Panth.
  • Pipra: John Klepper, Nick Gklezakos, Nayeli Schmutz and Benjamin Dodsworth

Wild Card finalist 2019 Miguel Amador said: “The week in Amsterdam was a great experience and allowed me to find other likeminded people who are passionate about making a change in healthcare. Our team is delighted to be one of the finalists moving on to the next stage of the Wild Card programme.”