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H-INNOVA health INNOVAtion HUB Is an ACCELERATOR for fostering innovation for HEALTH  SECTOR involving Universities, Research Centers, Hospitals and Reference Companies/Organizations in an integrated ecosystem.


To be the best innovation accelerator for health in EUROPE.


To contribute with the expertise of its members to leverage the innovation ecosystem expanding and complementing its partners’ capabilities, shaping the future of health and delivering best in class services for healthcare providers such as hospitals.


To set up a knowledge and technology transfer process in cooperation with leading universities and research centers, hospitals and reference organizations/companies.

To support the implementation of projects, in hospital environment, that through innovation can contribute to:

i) The increase in quality of life of patients/users.

ii) The improvement in working conditions of health professionals.

iii) Efficiency gains, increased productivity and cost savings


To incorporate state of the art academic research into organizations to achieve competitive advantage through innovation in an open innovation approach.

Differentiated aspects of 

H-INNOVA – Health Innovation HUB

One of the differentiated aspects of the H-INNOVA – Health Innovation HUB is the creation of physical and virtual spaces in Hospitals dedicated to the implementation and development of projects in Health where students, prodessors, researchers and entrepreneurs that join the H-INNOVA can access to:

  • Guidance/mentoring by health professionals, namely doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians for the development of ideas, projects and startups;


  • Coworking spaces embedded in hospital environment where startups with promising impact in Health can be settled;


  • Integration into the acceleration mechanism along with universities, research centers, hospitals and reference organizations in Health;


  • Free workshop cycles with several themes aimed at startups success such as: digital transformation to the service of health, entrepreneurship, funding and financing in health sector, guidelines for business creation, etc.;


  • Networking events in order to immerse participants into the health ecosystem, enhancing the creation of contact networks and enabling the access to investment, mentors, strategic partners and potential clients.

To enhance the innovation capacity in health, H-INNOVA will acknowledge and award the best projects developed by students and professors of master, post-graduation and graduation of reference Universities and Institutes, projects developed by Researchers/Doctorates of Research Centers and projects developed by Startups, at national and international level, that contribute with innovative ideas to specific areas related with Health.

The H-INNOVA -  Call for Projects aims to promote:

  • Health innovation;

  • The development of projects with potential to create i) new business models, ii) new products and iii) new services focusing on aspects such as digital transformation, artificial intelligence, IoT, machine learning, Big Data, Preventive Healthcare and others;

  •  STARTUPS acceleration in Hospital physical and virtual environment;

  • Knowledge transfer through close cooperation between leading Universities, Research Centers, Hospitals and Organizations;

  • Bringing academy and business reality closer.

Participating universities

Karolinska Institutet.png
universidade cruzeiro do sul.png
universitat oberta de catalunya.png
Central University of Catalonia.png
Castelo Branco.png
IP coimbra.png
fatec guarantingueta.jpg
centro universitário fei.png
Université de Monastir.png
uni paulista.png
University of Madeira.png
Universidade Nova.png
universidade beira interior.jpg
instituto politecnico bragança.jpg
universidade de aveiro.png
instituto politecnico cavado e ave.jpg
uni porto.jpg
universidade lusofona.jpg
Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal.png
instituto politecnico beja.jpg
Atlântico Business School.png
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