EIT Health Bridgehead: Take your healthcare business abroad

EIT Health’s Bridgehead programme brings together European health entrepreneurs who want to grow their business beyond their home market with the world’s top incubators and accelerators who have the expertise and resources to make it happen.

We help match your scale-up with an incubator or accelerator from EIT Health’s approved network – we call these organisations our Catalysers. Together, you will plan how to access new markets quickly and decisively, tap into local networks of partners and clients, access infrastructure and understand new regulatory systems. You’ll be given the seasoned expertise, insight and support needed to help realise your business ambitions.

If your company has a focus on active ageing, this year you will also have the opportunity to enter into the 2022 Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards, a global innovation competition founded by the United States National Academy of Medicine (NAM) aiming to extend health later in life.

Applications closed on 14 March 2022.

Our vision

We want to promote innovation across borders; helping bring new products to new markets, accelerating the adoption of health products, services and concepts and, ultimately, improving the lives of citizens in Europe and beyond.

Our programmes

Bridgehead offers you three different options to apply for:


Driving the expansion of your scale-up venture from one European market into another through partners with local knowledge


Helping you expand your European health scale-up to markets, outside of Europe such as the US, Canada, China, Japan and South Korea amongst others


Supporting non-European ventures gain access to the European market

Why get involved

How Bridgehead works

Apply by 14 March

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Don’t miss the deadline! Sign up on our application portal and select the Bridgehead programme to start your application. Let us know if you want to apply for Bridgehead Europe, Global or Inbound.

Take the challenge

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If your innovation has a focus on active aging, please tick the box to enter in the Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge -- a global innovation competition founded by the United States National Academy of Medicine.

Get selected

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Our expert panel will review applications and choose the best scale-ups for each programme.


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Meet and find your best-fit with our Catalysers at exclusive matchmaking events. See the list of Catalysers below.


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Travel to your Catalyser to start your collaboration and use their expert guidance to activate your business in a new market.

Our Catalysers



Accelerators, incubators and clusters with a proven track record in building, accelerating and scaling-up healthcare companies.

The experts connect industries, corporates, entrepreneurs, specialists, commercial partners and mentors to provide unique access to knowledge, infrastructure and resources to accelerate growth across an interconnected continent.



An EIT Health-vetted network of committed European partners strongly networked and operating within markets outside of Europe.

The experts offer the same level of enthusiastic and engaged collaboration and support with the difference of providing the opportunity to expand into global markets including the USA, Canada, Israel, China, Japan and others.

Catalysers Catalogue

Each of our Catalysers have unique expertise and experience. You can find out more about each of them and where they operate in our Catalysers Catalogue. Here you can find the 2021 edition of the catalogue. We will soon update this with the 2022 catalysers.


Who should apply?

To qualify for Bridgehead Europe or Global, your company must:

  • Be registered in Europe
  • Sell a product or services in at least one market in Europe and be ready to open up a new market
  • Deliver innovative, transformative products or services in biotech, medtech or digital health
  • Have fewer than 250 full time employees

For companies registered outside of Europe, to successfully qualify for Bridgehead Inbound your company must:

  • Be registered outside Europe
  • Sell your product or services in at least one market outside Europe and be ready to open up a new market in Europe
  • Deliver innovative, transformative products or services in biotech, medtech or digital health
  • Have fewer than 250 full time employees

Please note: To be eligible for the NAM Catalyst Award competition, your innovation should focus on innovative ideas that fit the Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge objectives. Companies applying to Bridgehead Inbound are not eligible for the Catalyst Awards of the NAM Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge.

Financial obligations

Bridgehead Europe and Global: There is a 6% success fee of your company’s revenue in the new market, capped at three times the amount of the grant amount or three years after completing the programme, whichever comes first.

Bridgehead Inbound: Once you are selected, you will need to cover a participation fee of €500 and the cost of your soft-landing services. Those costs depend on the services requested by you and delivered by the Catalyser(s) of your choice but should amount to a total of €10,000.

Want to find out more?

Ready to apply?

Applying is simple. All you need to do is submit an application through our portal by the deadline. Get your company’s information ready as you’ll need it to apply.

Applications for the 2022 programme are now closed.

The Bridgehead team