42 start-ups reach EIT Health Catapult Semi-finals

Updated: Jun 16

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Forty-two start-ups have been pre-selected in Europe-wide competitions for EIT Health Catapult Semi-finals. The start-ups will receive intensive training from experts, meet investors and corporates, and compete in pitch contests for a chance to enter the finals in December.

The EIT Health Catapult, currently in its fifth year of operation, is a training and competition programme that boosts the development of European health start-ups by exposing them to top quality experts and international investors. The 42 start-ups chosen for the Semi-finals will now enter intense training days, during which they will be teamed up with mentors. The mentors review and potentially optimise the company business plan, and provide thorough pitch training, in order to improve the start-up’s ability to perform a funding roadshow in front of top-level seed or A-series investors. After the training, there will be one-day virtual expos, during which semi-finalists will pitch in front of an international, high-profile jury and an audience of experienced corporate representatives, experts and investors. The top companies in the three categories of biotech, medtech and digital health – 21 start-ups in total – will be selected and invited to pitch during the finals in December. The seven finalists of each category have the chance to win prize money: First prize is €40,000; Second prize is €20,000; and Third Prize is €10,000. All participating start-ups win valuable recognition, during both the Semi-finals and the Finals. Dr. Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation at EIT Health, said: “We are seeing the current challenges in pandemic times as an opportunity to explore new formats, also with our EIT Health Catapult programme. For several years, our physical live pitches always have been a great opportunity to foster personal interaction between European investors and a selection of the best European startups. Now facing fully virtual Semi-finals in October this year, we are inviting investors and corporates from all over the globe to meet with and see the pitches of all those top notch European health startups that have won this year’s regional pre-selections!” Watch the Semi-finals online The EIT Health Catapult is inviting investors and experts to attend the virtual Semi-finals, from 21-23 October 2020, for the pitches and for matchmaking. These events provide the opportunity to make early contacts with the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. Dates for the public pitch and matchmaking days of the semi-finals are:

  • Biotech: 21 October 2020

  • Medtech: 22 October 2020

  • Digital Health: 23 October 2020

Find out more and register for the virtual Semi-final events here.


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