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).


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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.

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.

For whom?

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