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Fast Track: channelling EIT Health-supported start-ups to the EIC Accelerator

Are you looking for new investment opportunities for your start-up after participating in one of our EIT Health programmes?

Thanks to the collaboration between the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and the European Innovation Council (EIC) you can become one of the 20 promising start-ups to advance to the later application stages of the competitive EIC Accelerator programme.

Under the Fast Track, EIT Health-supported start-ups that are selected to participate will be given the opportunity to receive top-notch mentoring and coaching support from our experts as well as application guidance that will allow you to skip the EIC Accelerator’s short application – the 1st stage.

Receive expert tailored support to scale up your groundbreaking innovations and get the opportunity to evolve towards unique ready-to-invest projects like the EIC Accelerator.

Applications for the Fast Track programme are now closed.

Why join the EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator supports companies to develop and scale-up game-changing innovations. This EIC programme provides substantial financial support with grant funding of up to €2.5 million and investments of up to €15 million managed by the EIC fund.

In addition, companies that get selected to participate in the EIC accelerator become part of the EIC community and its benefits.

What you get

How it works

Getting started with your Fast Track application

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Deadline 30 November 2021
Don’t miss the application deadline! All you need to do is access our application portal, create a log-in and start your submission by telling us all about your company, team, and product/service – and in which EIT Health programme you previously participated!

Announcement of selected start-ups

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December - January
After EIT Health’s evaluation process, up to 20 of the most outstanding proposals will be admitted into the Fast Track, through which they can bypass the 1st stage – the short proposal - of the EIC Accelerator and invited to submit their full proposal to stage 2.

Get your application assessed

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In preparation for submitting the full proposal, start-ups will receive mentoring and coaching sessions from our experts on the areas of their proposals where extra support is required. EIT Health will review the full proposal and provide further feedback before submission.

Submission to EIC Accelerator proposal

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First cut-off deadline 12 January 2022
Full applications to the EIC Accelerator stemming from the Fast Track will be assessed as set out in the EIC work programme. At this point, they will be treated in the same way as all other full applications.

Who should apply?

The Fast Track welcomes EIT Health-supported start-ups that:

• Have not previously applied to an EIC Accelerator programme
• Are an SME according to the EU definition
• Own or have rights to the IP (if applicable) that form the basis of the project or product
• Are already incorporated and operating in a Horizon Europe country

EIT Health supported start-ups

To be able to apply to the Fast Track your start-up must have participated in one of the following EIT Health programmes:

Type A
• Came first, second or third place in the EIT Health Catapult in 2019 or 2020
• Selected and contracted in Wild Card from 2018-2020
• Selected and contracted in the Start-up Rescue Instrument in 2020
• Selected and contracted in the Start-up Amplifier Instrument in the framework of Innovation projects from 2019-2021

Type B
• Participated in Headstart from 2019-2020
• Participated in Bridgehead Europe or Global from 2019-2021
• Selected and contracted in Gold Track from 2019-2021
• Selected and contracted in Venture Centre of Excellence 2021


Please download and read the Fast Track call document as it includes further information that you will need before applying. 

Ready to apply?

Applications to the Fast Track are now closed. Check our other EIT Health programmes that may be a good fit for your start-up.



The Fast Track Team

We’re here to help! If you have any questions, contact a member of the team:

Our partners & sponsors

This webpage reflects EIT Health’s view. While this project receives funding of one million euros from the European Commission’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035792, the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) is not responsible for this webpage and any use that may be made of the information it contains. The pilot project start date was 5th July 2021 and the end date is 4th July 2022.