European Health Catapult: Solutions for blindness, diabetes and epilepsy take top prizes

Submitted by Alice Lane on 20 January 2020

The grand finale of the European Health Catapult – led by Cap Digital – took place in December 2019 at the EIT Health Summit in Paris.

The winners of the European Health Catapult (EHC) were chosen after a final pitch contest at the EIT Health Summit in Paris

The top-prizes went to: SparingVision, with a treatment that can stop the progress of an inherited disease that causes blindness; PKvitality, with a smart watch for measuring blood sugar levels; and Epihunter, with an app that monitors difficult to detect "absence seizures" among epileptics.

The audience also had the chance to vote for the Alex Casta Award. The winner was Triumf Health, who offers a personalised approach to improve patient outcomes and empower ill children by delivering behavioural therapeutics through a mobile game.

The European Health Catapult is led by Cap Digital, and has become the flagship pitch contest under EIT Health. It is designed to identify and accelerate promising European start-ups in the categories of Biotech, Medtech and Digital Health.

The winners were announced during a special Award Ceremony hosted in the prestigious Paris City Hall on the evening of 2 December 2019. This was part of the event that gathered more than 1000 healthcare professionals. The contest provided a high-profile audience for all of the EHC competitors, along with cash awards worth more than €220,000.

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