EIT Wild Card

BLOG: Your chance to change European healthcare

At EIT Health, our mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare sector to the benefit of Europe’s citizens. We support healthcare innovation from the spark of an idea to international commercialisation.

In 2018, we will continue with this objective with the launch of our newest initiative: Wild Card.

Through Wild Card, we’re seeking to engage the biggest and brightest minds, and identify and support ground-breaking, high-risk ideas. Open for applications from today (10 January), Wild Card focuses on applied research, turning ideas to reality and transforming an area within European healthcare.

A different kind of programme

We’re looking for applications that address the challenges with innovative and creative solutions. We want people who will bring a new way of thinking and doing to Wild Card projects.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to the Wild Card Tournament. This week-long competition will put you to the test. You’ll be put into a team and will work on one of the submitted ideas, pitched against the other teams.

The winners will then have the chance to immerse themselves for two years in one of our fourteen Europe-based incubators, who will support the team to bring their solution from concept to real-world solution. This is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience and mentoring from some of Europe’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs.

What to expect in 2018

This year, we are looking for ideas to address the following two challenges:

  • SMART HEALTH: How to apply artificial intelligence and big data to diagnostics
  • FIGHT BACK: Finding non-pharmaceutical solutions to antimicrobial resistance

Applications should be submitted online, no later than 17:00 CET on 9 March 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to the Wild Card Tournament from 16 – 20 April 2018.

The winning team will be expected to kick-off their project formally in Q4 2018 for a period of 24 months.

You can find out everything you need to know about Wild Card and all requirements for applications at: wildcard.eithealth.eu. You can also follow us on Twitter: @Wildcard_EITH

We can’t wait to see what ideas you have for Wild Card. From all of us here at EIT Health, we wish you a happy, healthy and productive 2018. Good luck!

Jan-Philipp Beck

COO, EIT Health