EHC Medtech Semifinals

San Sebastian, Spain

30 September – 2 October 2019
DAYS 1-2: Training in Tecnalia Research & Innovation Facilities, San Sebastian
DAY 3: Public Event in Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, San Sebastian

Jury Members

Sandra Kanani

Sylvain Sachot

Nicola Wall

Joachim Rautter

Bernard Kirsch

Roland Kozlowski

Dan Gelvan


Jorge Pimenta

Christophe Amiel

Paul Anglim

Marianne Rosager


TECNALIA Ventures turns innovative technologies into profitable and sustainable businesses by offering services such as acceleration programmes for deep tech start-ups, capability building in technology transfer for RTOs and other institutions, management of proof-of-concept funds or business diversification for established companies.

By identifying innovative technologies and exposing them from early stages of development to investment criteria and market needs, business opportunities with the highest commercialization potential and capability to generate value for the society are revealed.

TECNALIA is a benchmark Research and Technological Development Centre in Europe. Its mission is to transform technology into GDP. In figures, it has 6 interconnected business divisions with more than 1.440 employees from 30 different nationalities and 249 PhDs. The Health Division of TECNALIA is committed to one of the future’s greatest challenges: to improve the quality of people’s lives, particularly in terms of ageing. The international and multidisciplinary team of the Health Division is made up by 85 researchers specialized in the fields of Neuro Engineering, biomaterials, medical robotics and healthy food. This allows us to provide solutions to many health challenges from different perspectives such as health-care, food or medical devices, among others.

“la Caixa” Foundation (FBLC) supports innovation programmes to bring ground-breaking ideas in Health and Life Sciences from the lab to the market under the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles.

FBLC also bolsters Scientific Research in fields such as Oncology, Neurosciences and Infectious and Cardiovascular, the collaboration with universities and research institutes and offers a doctoral and a postdoctoral fellowship programme (INPHINIT – mSCA Co-Fund and Junior Leader) devoted to bring international researchers to the top Spanish research centers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Bio and Health Sciences.

Biocat is the organization that supports the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem in Catalonia, aimed to improve the economic and social growth of the region.
Biocat focuses its strategy on different key points:

  • Raising awareness and promoting the ecosystem, creating tools and strategies to advance the Catalan healthcare sector’s knowledge (BioRegion) and increase its dissemination at the national and international levels;
  • Providing innovative training and developing talent, by designing and executing programs to improve talent and entrepreneurship;
  • Accelerating technology transfer and business growth by supporting and carrying out activities to increase the value of the sector, focusing on the added values of research, knowledge and technology transfer, internationalization and access to capital.

The IESE Business School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC) has the mission to foment entrepreneurship and innovation through the promotion of quality research and the development of activities that have a positive impact on the ecosystem at all stages of the entrepreneurial process. IESE´s world-class faculty enhances entrepreneurship within society and collaborates with leaders around the world to optimize innovation management.
Healthcare is one of the focused industries where IESE is seeking a transformational impact through managerial capacity building and the development of applied research as illustrated by the creation of the Centre for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management (CRHIM) in 2011, which completements the 30 years+ expertise of IESE health-sector activities.
IESE Business School has been ranked #1 in the world for Executive Programs by The Financial Times for four consecutive years since 2015!


For any questions on the Medtech Semifinal just contact

Irene Sánchez
CLC Spain