EIT Health BRIDGEHEAD Programme
We support European Health start-ups in going international
What is it?
EIT Health BRIDGEHEAD programme aims at bringing together European health entrepreneurs with a desire to grow business beyond home markets and European top incubators, accelerators or clusters who come along to facilitate this development.
It is a relocation programme for start-ups interested in being hosted by one or several top-notch accelerators from EIT Health vetted European network. Start-ups travel to accelerators of their choice to speed up access to markets, tap into local networks of partners and clients, access infrastructure and get the first-hand feeling for local reglementary and business context. They are guided by a trusted and seasoned local support team who open the right doors to establish and grow cross-border business.
As the accelerators, incubators and clusters are catalysing start-ups development we call them CATalyzers (CATs).
How are we different from other acceleration programmes?
Bridgehead Programme offers its participants unique opportunities by providing:
- Individualised offer tailored to needs of a health start-up put forward by seasoned and engaged accelerators
- Immersion in the unique & vibrant EIT Health ecosystem of industrial partners and corporates, leading European research centers, full of spirit scene of start-ups and groundbreaking health innovation projects
- A well-balanced mix of structured follow-up framework and flexy entrepreneurial spirit.
Start-ups exit this programme with tangible results in their internalisation pathway, such as established local sales team, signed distribution agreement, set-up for hospital pilot, pricing strategy developed etc.
- Individualised offer tailored to start-up needs put forward by seasoned and engaged accelerators
- Immersion in the unique & vibrant EIT Health ecosystem of industrial partners and corporates, leading European research centers, full of spirit scene of start-ups and groundbreaking projects
- A well-balanced mixture of structured accompaniment framework and flexy entrepreneurial spirit
- Getting out of this programme with tangible results, ex. established local sales team, signed distribution agreements, set-up for hospital pilot, pricing strategy developed etc.
What does a start-up get:
- Unique opportunity to become part of local health entrepreneurial ecosystem beyond your country
- Premium soft-landing programme in European country(ies) of choice
- A desk and chair in Europe to mingle with peers startupers immersed on the local entrepreneurs’ scene
- Local guide who open doors to potential partners, KOLs, clients, suppliers, distributors, local accountancy & tax services and investors
- Access to testing, experiment and validation infrastructure within universities and research institutes & living labs
- 25-30k EUR voucher to cover the costs of the several stays in European accelerators.
Be realistic with your time when setting your preferences. This will help students to plan the meetings at a convenient time for both of you.
Be aware that students in this program may be from any academic discipline, any stage of their educational journey and any background, and because of this they may be interested in chatting to you for many different reasons. Keep an open mind, try to understand your mentees' motivations and share your experiences in a positive and encouraging way.
Make sure you read and understand the Ask Alumni Policies and Procedures.
BRIDGEHEAD is open to micro and small enterprises (< 50 employees), spin-offs and start-ups from all over the EIT Health community that:
- Are active in the fields of Medtech, Biotech and Digital health
- Have innovative and highly promising business concepts
- Search for opportunities to implement or grow their business in European country/ies beyond their current market/s
- Are already incorporated and operating in an EU Country
All students 18 years and older with a University of Melbourne login can sign up for Ask Alumni and view the visible sections of your profile. They won't be able to see your direct contact information until you accept a meeting request from them.
Other alumni mentors in Ask Alumni won't be able to view your profile. If you would like to start or join a conversation with other mentors, you can do this through the Forums feature where your posts will show as anonymous. This is especially useful for sharing your mentoring questions and tips.
For the purposes of ensuring the program continues to meet all expectations, program administrators will also be able to view your profile information and your activities within the program.