Bridgehead: Take your business abroad


EIT Health’s Bridgehead brings together European health entrepreneurs who want to grow their business beyond their home market with the world’s top incubators and accelerators who have the expertise and resources to make it happen.

We will help match your scale-up with an incubator or accelerator from EIT Health’s approved network – we call these organisations our Catalysers. Together, you will plan how to access new markets quickly and decisively, tap into local networks of partners and clients, access infrastructure and understand new regulatory systems.

The programme is split into:

  • Bridgehead Europe
  • Bridgehead Global

Whichever programme you successfully apply for, you will be given the seasoned expertise, insight and support needed to help realise your business ambitions.


Applications for the second 2021 intake are open now!

Deadline: 14 September 2021

Apply today

Our vision

We want to promote innovation across borders; helping bring new products to new markets, accelerating the adoption of health products, services and concepts and, ultimately, improving the lives of citizens in European and beyond.

Our programmes


Driving the expansion of your scale-up venture from one European market into another through partners with local knowledge


Helping you expand your European health scale-up to markets, outside of Europe such as the US, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea amongst others

Why get involved

How Bridgehead works


1 of 4

Apply for the second intake by 14 September 2021. Applications will be opening soon.

Get selected

2 of 4

Our expert panel will review applications and choose the best scale-ups for each programme.


3 of 4

Meet and find your best-fit with our Catalysers at exclusive matchmaking events.


4 of 4

Travel to your Catalyser to start your collaboration and use their expert guidance to activate your business in a new market.

Our Catalysers



Accelerators, incubators and clusters with a proven track record in building, accelerating and scaling-up healthcare companies.

The experts connect industries, corporates, entrepreneurs, specialists, commercial partners and mentors to provide unique access to knowledge, infrastructure and resources to accelerate growth across an interconnected continent.



An EIT Health-vetted network of committed European partners strongly networked and operating within markets outside of Europe.

The experts offer the same level of enthusiastic and engaged collaboration and support with the difference of providing the opportunity to expand into global markets including the USA, Canada, Israel, China, Japan and others.

Catalysers Catalogue

Each of our Catalysers have unique expertise and experience. You can find out more about each of them and where they operate in our Catalysers Catalogue.



Who should apply?

To qualify for Bridgehead Europe or Global, your company must:

  • Be registered in Europe
  • Sell a product or services in at least one market in Europe and be ready to open up a new market
  • Deliver innovative, transformative products or services in biotech, medtech or digital health
  • Have fewer than 250 full time employees

Financial obligations: There is a 6% success fee of your company’s revenue in the new market, capped at three times the amount of the grant amount or three years after completing the programme, whichever comes first.

Want to find out more?

To learn more about the programme and find out if it is right for you, you can view one of our recorded Bridgehead webinars from earlier this year:

Watch the webinar


See the Bridgehead call document for more detailed information on the programme. This document explains, for example, that you can apply to both Bridgehead Europe and Global, but you can only participate and be chosen for one.

Download the Bridgehead call document


Ready to apply?

Applications for the second 2021 intake are now open, with the submission deadline of 14 September 2021.

Submit an application through our portal by 14 September 2021 to qualify for the next intake. Have your company, team and product/service information to hand, as you will need it to apply.



The Bridgehead team