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CaixaImpulse (CI) is an intensive 18-month acceleration programme for the creation of new products and ventures in the health and life sciences sector. This programme is meant to jump-start the translation of health research projects into a market-ready product.




Basic Info

Who can apply: The programme targets project leaders from all European countries that research in the health and life sciences sector. CI is aimed and the following requirements apply:

● Project Leaders must be legally responsible for project and have tertiary qualifications (university graduates, professor or doctor)
● Incorporated companies cannot apply

Detailed description: CaixaImpulse has been receiving support from EIT Health since 2017 and continues to focus on early-stage projects. The programme will award 25 projects to create and develop a valorisation plan and have access to experts and investors to generate new business opportunities. In addition to CI, “la Caixa” Banking Foundation (FBLC) will launch a new sub programme: CaixaImpulse Forward (CI-Fw). CI-Fw will be totally supported by FBLC and will award eight projects beyond CI that are in later stages of development (above TRL 4). The programme will assist projects in completing a commercialisation plan to validate their strategy and attract private investment.

EIT Heath’s support will allow the continuation of the line of projects specifically focused on healthy living, active ageing and improving healthcare. This co-operation, together with the expansion of the programme to other European countries, will allow the internationalisation of the activities and their dissemination to the entire EIT Health partnership, while enhancing the capacity of CI to transform ideas into business in the health sector.

Contact Details:Belén Perat (; Alexandre Esteban (

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Expected Applicants
University students/researchers,
Projects at early development stage
< EUR 25 000
Expected Outcome
Europe-wide validated service/product,
Become Investment grade
Engagement Level
6 to 12 months
One EU location