EIT Health Bridgehead: Take your healthcare business abroad

EIT Health’s Bridgehead programme 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 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. You’ll be given the seasoned expertise, insight and support needed to help realise your business ambitions.

Applications for Bridgehead 2023 will open soon. Register for email updates so we can notify you when the programme opens, and be amongst the first to apply.

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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 Europe and beyond.

Our programmes

Bridgehead offers you three different options to apply for:

BRIDGEHEAD EUROPE

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

BRIDGEHEAD GLOBAL

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

BRIDGEHEAD INBOUND

Supporting non-European ventures gain access to the European market

Why get involved

How it works

Our Catalysers

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EUROPEAN 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.

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GLOBAL CATALYSERS

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.

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

For companies registered outside of Europe, to successfully qualify for Bridgehead Inbound your company must:

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

Financial obligations

Bridgehead Europe and Global: 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.

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