EIT Health InnoStars Challenge-based Acceleration program welcomes 9 innovative start-ups ready to revolutionise healthcare landscape


EIT Health InnoStars Challenge-based Acceleration programme, initiated in collaboration with CIVITTA Slovakia, is designed to build a direct path between European healthtech start-ups, and the innovation needs and priorities of Roche Slovakia.


The programme offers educational support on business essentials. Additionally, it grants the unique opportunity to collaborate closely with experts from Roche Slovakia, enabling start-ups to align their innovations with real-world healthcare challenges.

From a competitive pool of 62 eligible applicants, a select group of 9 standout start-ups from Czechia, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain(2) and Romania(2) was chosen to join the programme. This exceptional cohort exemplifies the potential for innovative solutions to make a significant impact on healthcare practices and patient outcomes.


1️. Challenge: Advancing Breast Cancer Screening and Early Diagnostics

The Blue Box Biomedical Solutions, Spain
Women lack reliable breast cancer (BC) screening methods, as 50% of BCs are detected in a late-stage. The Blue Box has developed a radiation-free, pain-free, low-cost device detecting BC in urine with 88.33%. This outperforms mammography by 15% across all age groups and by 30% for women under 50.

Glooma, Portugal
Glooma is developing a home and portable medical screening device, the SenseGlove, to detect and monitor changes in the breast tissue. Their goal is to empower women while doing the breast self-exam and to contribute to the early detection of breast cancer.

2️. Challenge: Remote patient monitoring of MS patients

Mild Blue, Czechia
Mild Blues makes the work of healthcare professionals simpler, more convenient, more accurate, and faster by developing artificial intelligence algorithms and creating truly functional and useful digital solutions.

NeuroBlast, Serbia
The Neuroblast Ecosystem is designed to assist both adults and children with neurodegenerative diseases, enabling continuous exercise and remote monitoring of the patients during post-rehabilitation at home.

eSteps Health, Italy
Democratizing access to healthcare for frail patients through the journey to health with personalized remote digital biomarkers of mobility quality.

3️. Challenge: Integrated Healthcare Referral Challenge: Bridging Gaps in Patient Transitions

DEA Medicine, Romania
DEA Medicine converts conventional hospitals into digital entities within 1-3 business days, offering them solutions for time efficiency, patient communication and team management.

365care.io, Slovakia
Telemon –  remote patient monitoring. Track all your vital signs, medications and health insights, share them online with your MD and stay under constant medical control. Manages your health and chronic conditions with the simple, quick and affordable telemon app.

4️. Challenge: Transforming Medical Education for Physicians

Xpeer Medical Education, Spain
The only accredited “Netflix” for HCPs. The fastest growing app for digital engagement of the Healthcare providers worldwide.

Eduson, Romania
Eduson is the first and largest online medical education platform in Romania, with over 1000 hours of video content covering various specialties and topics. Eduson offers webinars, events, courses, and case studies led by the best medical experts from Romania and abroad. Eduson also has a dedicated mobile app that allows users to access the content anytime and anywhere.

These startups are set to embark on a transformative journey, benefiting from mentoring by senior experts, network extension and collaboration opportunities with Roche –  a pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advances in science and improving people’s lives. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the accelerator program. The final Demo Day, where startups will present their solutions, will take place at the beginning of April. Follow the program on LinkedIn or Facebook to see more information about the program and upcoming Demo Day.


CIVITTA is an innovation advisory firm with a mission to be a catalyst for the new economy. CIVITTA helps startups grow and scale; universities to commercialize R&D; corporations to build and accelerate innovation inside the company, and governments to build innovation communities and ecosystems. CIVITTA runs leading startup acceleration programs in CEE such as Ajujaht, Challenger or HealthCare Lab. Headquartered in Estonia and with a team of 350 innovators working across 18 countries, the company has a track record of bringing change across sectors with a holistic and hands-on approach to innovation projects. CIVITTA covers the entire innovation cycle from funding to scaling. For more information, visit www.civitta.com