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35 projects, 70% from the BioRegion, applied to the acceleration program promoted by Biocat and CIMIT (Boston)
Six Catalan and two from other nodes of the EIT Health European consortium have been selected to participate in the CRAASH Barcelona acceleration program organized by Biocat in collaboration with CIMIT (Boston). CRAASH Barcelona is part of the EIT Health bootcamps program.
A total of 35 projects submitted their application to participate in the program, aimed at cutting-edge technology projects (diagnosis, devices and e/digital health), arising from research centers, hospital research institutes and European universities. Of the 35 projects submitted, 70% came from the Spanish node and 30% from other EIT Health nodes, including proposals from InnoStars, Scandinavia, UK-Irland, Germany and France.
The eight projects selected to participate in CRAASH Barcelona are:
CRAASH Barcelona will train the eight teams to market their technology within the next 3 to 5 years. The fellows will be guided by expert mentors from CIMIT (Boston), the most experienced health accelerator in the world. Over 15 years, CIMIT has successfully accelerated more than 600 healthtech projects, doubled the rate of successful commercialization and cut the time-to-next-phase by more than half.
CRAASH Barcelona is an intensive 12-week program divided into three phases. The first phase (April to June) will allow teams to validate whether their technology can cover a real need and find a place on the market. Teams will work with experts from CIMIT in Boston, first in person at an event in Barcelona and then through virtual meetings.
The second phase of CRAASH Barcelona will allow teams to validate their project in two other European markets, France and the Netherlands, through visits to the Medicen (Paris) and Yesdelft! (Delft) ecosystems in July and September.
Finally, the CRAASH Barcelona teams will also be able to network and validate their projects in the Boston ecosystem, which is one of the most important in the healthcare sector. All of the teams will pitch their projects in October to the Boston ecosystem, and two of them will be selected to extend their stay in the city with a three-week immersion program.