EIT Health Catapult: fast-tracking Europe’s best start-ups

Introducing a unique competition and training programme that showcases life sciences and health tech start-ups to leading experts and investors across Europe. The programme awards the best business concepts, fast-tracking start-ups to become part of the EIT Health Community of world-leading companies.

Throughout the programme, start-ups receive intensive training as they build their credibility and visibility through pan-European exposure. Finalists pitch at the Bits & Pretzels HealthTech event as they go head-to-head for cash and industry prizes, and the opportunity to be displayed on the New York Nasdaq Tower.

Ready to fast-track your start-up? Apply by 2 May 2023.

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Why get involved

What you get

Previous winners

2021 - Digital health

1 of 15

1st Place

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2021 - Alex Casta Award

3 of 15

Award winner
Luminate Medical

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2019 - Digital health

4 of 15

1st Place

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2018 - Digital health

7 of 15

1st Place

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2018 - Biotech

8 of 15

1st Place
SyNoesis Therapeutics Ltd.

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2016 - Digital health

13 of 15

1st Place

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2016 - Biotech

14 of 15

1st Place

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How Catapult works

Who should apply

The Catapult is open to all start-ups and spin-offs that are:

  • A micro/small enterprise (less than 50 employees)
  • Involved in life sciences or health tech
  • Innovative and highly promising business concepts
  • Already incorporated and operating in an EU country
  • Looking for seed or series A funding of at least €500k
  • Self-valued at €1M+
  • Received at least €500K in public or private funding or generated €500k in revenue

Financial obligations

EIT Health and all finalists of the Catapult programme will enter into an agreement granting EIT Health the right (but not the obligation) to invest into the respective finalist within a period of three years after the participation of the company in the Catapult programme. The investment will be based on the standard investment model of EIT Health (currently EIT Health is participating via Options). The terms and conditions of EIT Health’s investment will include a discount in comparison to the last share price paid by an investor and “Most Favoured Nation” conditions in favor of EIT Health.

Join the info session

Join our info session on 18 April at 11 AM CET to ask all your questions about the programme and hear from previous participants.


Ready to apply?

Register as a start-up on our application platform. Access your account, navigate to “Programmes and Opportunities” and select the form for the Catapult programme. Don’t forget to submit your application by 2 May 2023. Begin your journey today.

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