Venture Centre of Excellence: access to finance and strategic connections


EIT Health and the European investment Fund (EIF) are partnering to operate the Venture Centre of Excellence (VCOE), a public-private co-investment programme to empower finance for European health small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).

The VCOE connects life science investors with high investment capacities such as venture capital funding, corporate or industrial firms, Technology Transfer Offices, insurers and more – with highly qualified Pan-European SMEs using an exclusive platform that brings all members together.

Companies in the programme receive support to fundraise and have key access to services provided by EIT Health in support of their Series A, B and up to pre-IPO fundraising rounds.

Become part of the programme that already encompasses 2€ billion of investment capabilities!

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What SMEs get

How VCOE works

VCoE Members' Meetings

Connecting investors in Europe

The VCoE Members’ Meetings serve as a catalyst for nurturing innovation and fostering lasting connections among our members.

As an active deal flow and collaboration community, VCoE regularly unites its members for vibrant gatherings. These meetings serve as a venue for exchanging key insights, networking, and fostering strong relationships among the participants. Through these interactions, VCoE cultivates a thriving ecosystem, empowering its members with valuable connections and opportunities for collaboration.

Who should apply

To qualify, your SME must:

  • be based in any Horizon Europe country
  • work in healthcare
  • seek more than 6 million euros in their next fundraising round
  • be developing a transformational technology, currently at TRL6+
  • intend to continue growing in Europe

Financial obligations

Fees to complete the assessment process for companies are €3,000.

Companies that are successful in the selection process and wish to confirm their participation in the VCOE will pay a service and mentorship fee of €10,000.

Upon successful fundraising within the VCOE programme, the SME will pay a percentage-calculated fee of the capital that has been raised thanks to new investors in the company. Further details will be provided during the application process.

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VCOE for investors

As a life sciences investor you will:

  • Join Europe’s premier open innovation and co-investment programme
  • Get access to innovation insights
  • Amplify your scouting, sourcing, and syndication capabilities
  • Increase your research and development, strategic collaboration, commercial partnership and other capabilities
  • Leverage partnership opportunities accessed across the VCOE’s qualified member base

To learn more about joining the programme as an investor, please contact: Isaac Middelmann

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