EIT Health and the European Investment Fund (EIF) are partnering to operate the Venture Centre of Excellence, a public-private co-investment programme empowering financing for European health start-ups to accelerate their innovation for citizens.


The Venture Centre of Excellence (VCoE) is an Open Innovation programme connecting investors and other key stakeholders from the life sciences and healthcare ecosystems to a highly qualified pan-European deal flow, accessed through a custom AI platform and exclusive member community.

The VCoE meets the urgent need to create a bridge between different types of healthcare investors, including Venture Capital funds (VCs) and industrial, academic, and Technology Transfer Office (TTO) investors, as well as insurance/payer organisations.

VCoE facilitates connections by bringing programme members together at exclusive member events on a bi-annual basis, to promote long-term relationship building and the sharing of market insights, thereby breaking down silos.

In addition, programme members will be able to use a suite of Artificial Intelligence tools in order to amplify their scouting, sourcing and syndication operations. The custom-built AI platform will allow creation of syndication scenarios of start-ups that are of interest for members, based on confidentially-set parameters.

EIT Health and EIF

This collaboration between EIT Health, one of the world’s largest life science consortiums, and EIF, the largest and most influential investor in European venture capital, will have a major impact on European healthcare investment over the coming 15 years.

The VCoE will create a pan-European deal flow sharing community allowing members to gain access to Europe’s most promising start-ups in the healthcare sector. At the same time, this will increase the capacity of European life science start-ups to fundraise successfully in Series A, B and up to pre-IPO fundraising rounds.

Reasons to join

Corporate, TTO, payer, health insurers and academic organisations:

  • Generate investment return thanks to a diversified portfolio of EIF-selected, participating VC funds.
  • Access innovation information based on strong relationships across a pan-European EIF-selected VC member community.
  • Access innovation capacity and increase your R&D and other development capabilities via co-investments, direct investment opportunities, and strategic partnerships.
  • Share investment opportunities in new technologies with other members, and build co-investment scenarios with them.

VC Funds:

  • Access a broad range of Corporate/TTO/Payer/health insurers/Academic entities, with wide expertise across therapeutics, MedTech, and digital health.
  • Share deal flow from your portfolio in order to identify co-investment opportunities with the member community, or offer direct investment opportunities to others.
  • Form strategic partnerships with other members in order to help strengthen your portfolio companies.
  • Access EIT Health’s wide range of start-up support programmes, to provide broader support your portfolio companies.


  • Facilitate your access to equity funding to complete your Series A, B and up to pre-IPO fundraising rounds.
  • Increase your visibility towards qualified, expert European Life Science investors of different types.
  • Build strategic and trusting relationships with your investors.
  • Deepen your integration within the EIT Health network.
  • Obtain a transparent and valuable assessment of innovation by going through the VCoE vetting process, and standing out from the crowd.
How to join the VCoE
  • Corporates/TTOs/Payers/health insurers/Academics: EIT Health manages your accession. Please contact Jean-Marc Bourez to request more information.
  • VC Funds: EIF manages the selection of VC funds. Please contact Rémi Charrier to request more information.
  • Start-ups: EIT Health vets and approves certain high-quality start-ups to promote them to the VCoE member community. Please contact Nuno Viegas to request more information.
VCoE features and services
Reasons to join the VCoE
Corporate member benefits
Breaking down silos
AI Platform
Isaac Middelmann
Venture Centre of Excellence | Programme Manager | EIT Health France