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Sectors: Health, Innovation, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: SMEs, Universities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for Proposals

Additional info regions:

* Partner countries KIC Health: Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain, UK, Ireland. Click here for more information


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Responsible: European Commission


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KIC Health – EIT Accelerator – 2020
Funds for: submitting innovative, value-creating proposals in 2021, building on and strengthening our Accelerator portfolio while synergising and creating deal flow with the two other pillars: Campus and Innovation Projects

Priorities and funded actions:

* To create a European ecosystem where innovation can thrive ;
* To gather the best and brightest health industry entrepreneurs and provide them with the support, skills and services they need to get their ideas off the ground and into the market

* Priority 1: Bootcamp Call
– To help teams to design a successful business model, validate their product-market and product-solution fit, and discover (inter)national market potential, competition, USP and target customers;
– To learn the necessary skills, and develop the tools and methods to build a business;
– To validate problem-solution and product-market fit in European health markets;
– To assess whether a technology-based scalable business model can be built around their health tech idea

* Priority 2: General Call for Continuation of Activities  
– Any Accelerator activity that is willing to continue its work in 2021 will have to apply and undergo a full evaluation procedure, this requirement ensures high-quality standards and continuous improvements from year to year

* Priority 3: Accelerator Ecosystem Call
– To give already existing regional or international programmes and initiatives offered by EIT Health partners the opportunity to be both labelled and promoted as an Accelerator Ecosystem Programme 

Among financed actions:
* Priority 1:
– Two-days road trip to support more indepth health market validation and network opportunities in different European countries
* Priority 2:
– Continuation of activities
* Priority 3: 
– Accelerator Ecosystem Programmes will not receive any funding. Instead, they will benefit from promotion through the EIT Health network, a very valuable pipeline of international and high-quality participants

Additional information:
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: 12 months

* Eligibility:
* All for-profit KIC Partners (with a legal form classified as “Private” and “Business”) must contribute 30% co-funding (maximum reimbursement rate of 70%) of all KAVA costs for all projects or activities of the EIT Health portfolio;
* KIC Partners that are SMEs of the type “small” or “micro-enterprise” shall be able to have a maximum reimbursement rate of 100%; 
* Involve Partners from a minimum of two CLCs/InnoStars 

* Priority 1: Bootcamp Call
– Be a team with a minimum of two members, who have a business idea that is still in the research and development phase
– Applicants may include degree and graduate students/postdocs, and budding entrepreneurs
– Teams must have the ambition to set up a company or have started a company within two years of the application deadline;
– The applying consortium will offer teams a Bootcamp Programme of a minimum of 28 days (of which 15 must be face-to-face days), these face-to-face days can be held in any of the consortium partners’ locations and must provide office space for teams;
– Be an incubator, innovation cluster, a university and/or industry partners with experience in designing programmes to support early-stage start-ups;
– All Bootcamp consortia partners must have a proven track record in supporting health start-ups, and all hosts must be able to provide temporary office space, teaching facilities, etc. for Bootcamp teams

* Priority 2: 
– With regard to the previous implementation and achievements, each continuation proposal should include the following aspects:
> Project Excellence & Strategic Fit 2021;
> Implementation and Feasibility in 2018, 2019 and previous years (applicable to continuation proposals);
> Implementation and Feasibility 2021;
> Impact and Sustainability 2021

– Actions must take place in the countries participating in the KIC Health programme