The CRAASH Barcelona programme helps European health-tech research teams launch device, diagnostic and digital health innovations that improve health and patient care.


CRAASH Barcelona is a 12-week programme, running over a period of six months, that helps project teams move from research to market through mentoring with experts from Europe, and from CIMIT in Boston, USA – the most experienced health business accelerator in the world.

Is it for me?

CRAASH Barcelona accepts teams in the healthtech and medical technology sector, including teams working in diagnostics, wearable devices, telehealth, telemedicine, big data, electronic health records, health information technology, personalised medicine, etc. CRAASH Barcelona supports research projects and start-ups that have achieved a minimum “technological readiness level” of three or four, that have a proof of concept or proof of feasibility. Start-ups should be already incorporated or about to be incorporated.

The journey

The training will include on-site and off-site sessions.

Phase I – Kick-off in Galway: Teams will validate their problem-solution and solution-market fit, specifically for the healthtech market. Each team will be assigned an experienced executive: a successful healthcare entrepreneur, commercialisation expert or investor who provides one-to-one facilitation throughout the programme.

Phase II – Webinars on business model validation (remote): After the kick-off, teams interact with the panel of EU and Boston-based experts weekly, receiving feedback on their projects that help teams manage their risk decisions.

Phase III – European Market Validation in Barcelona: Selected teams will join a five-day road trip to investigate the market potential in Spain (Biocat) to validate clinical need and verify appropriate regulatory pathways and reimbursement methods.

Phase IV – Boston Close Out: Following pitch contests, finalist teams will travel to Boston to pitch their deck in front of the CIMIT ecosystem and will also extend their trip to validate the market.

Important dates

  • Application period: 16 December 2019-16 March 2020
  • Start of programme: April 2020
  • Final week: Selected teams will be able to join an add-on programme in Boston in September.
  • The programme will be followed by the EIT Health Bootcamp tour in November (location and dates to be confirmed)

The application process

Apply through the EIT Health Optimy platform.

CRAASH Barcelona teams must consist of three members, an Entrepreneurial Lead, a Clinical Lead and a Technical Lead. If your current team is missing any of these three profiles, please reach out to the contact below.

External Partners


Salut/Institut Catala de la Salut

Barcelona Tech City

Pilar Puig
| | Biocat, la Fundació Bioregió de Catalunya