02 Nov 2020   |   Network Updates   |   Update from EIT Health
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EIT Health start-ups see strong Q3 with €72.7M funding raised


  • 19 EIT Health-supported start-ups successfully generated external investment of one million euros or more in the third quarter of 2020
  • Investors showing high interest in health start-ups despite initial COVID-19 concerns 

EIT Health-supported start-ups have reported a successful quarter three in terms of fundraising, with 72.7 million secured. The 19 start-ups hail from 10 European countries and will use the funds to further develop their solutions addressing health challenges such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

EIT Health is a vast, vibrant community of world leading health innovators backed by the European Union (as part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology). With an ambition to enable people in Europe to live longer, healthier lives, EIT Health build and grow businesses to create products and services that progress healthcare in Europe, while strengthening the economy.

The strong results come following concern that the COVID-19 pandemic would severely impact investment in start-ups, leading to cash flow challenges.1 Recognising the risk to young companies, EIT Health injected 5.5 million euros in May 2020 into 11 European start-ups to alleviate the financial shock posed by COVID-19 in its Start-up Rescue Instrument.

“After a challenging spring when health care investors were focused on the operative and thus financial impact of COVID-19 on existing portfolio companies, the investment landscape has improved considerably since summer and new financing rounds are being closed again. I’ve been privileged to participate in the EIT Health community and in investment rounds of start-ups from its network, including Tubulis GmbH, and have seen the positive impact of EIT Health first-hand.” said Valentin Piëch, Managing Director at VP Venture Partners.

The start-ups reporting funding of over one million euros in quarter three include:*

Italy – Restorative Neurotechnologies (€1M)
Spain – ADmit Therapeutics (€3.3M), Apta Targets (€5M), Arthex Biotech (€4.3M), Genomcore (€3M), Methinks Software (€1.2M), QUIBIM (€8M)
France - inHEART (€3.7M), SideROS (€1M), VitaDX (€3M), GLEAMER (€7.5M)
Poland – UVera (€2.5M)
Belgium – DEO (€1M)
The Netherlands – Plasmacure (€2.5M)
Germany – Tubulis (€10.7M)
Switzerland - Hemotune AG (€4.75M)
Sweden – OnDosis (€2.87M), Developeration AB (€2,95M)
Ireland – Venari (€4.5M)

“It is always fantastic to see start-ups go on to attract external fundraising rounds following our support – this is the ultimate goal for us at EIT Health as we focus on developing and maturing promising start-ups and making them attractive to commercial investors so that they can continue to grow and flourish. It is particularly encouraging to see the quarter three results in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the threat this has posed to young companies in Europe,” said Kurt Höller, Director of Business Creation at EIT Health.

For more information about how European start-ups are supported by EIT Health, please visit eithealth.eu/what-we-do/accelerator

*please note: this reflects a selection of EIT Health supported start-ups who have successfully  raised funds of over 1 million euros in Q3 2020, and is not intended as a full list.

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