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10 European conferences for health entrepreneurs in 2019

There are many many conferences and events on health innovations all over the world. It might be a difficult job to find which one is specifically interesting for you.

I’ve selected 10 European health conferences (+ 1 extra) you should not miss as a health entrepreneur. 

They are:

  • organised in Europe, so easy and affordable to travel to
  • reaching out to mixed stakeholders, even within a specific niche of health and care
  • still open to speakers OR at least interesting to speak at in 2020
  • definitely giving you inspiration, active network possibilities and use cases-so they move beyond the mere conceptual thinking gathering 

Some of them are new to me too. So, if you’re joining one of these events I would be happy to hear your experience.

Did I miss a terrific health event in Europe with all of these criteria? everything is possible 🙂

Just reach out to me and I’ll be happy to add it to this list. 

  1. Hack Belgium: 28-30 March in Brussels (Belgium)

I’m not a huge fan of hackathons, but this one is different. It’s the largest hackathon in Belgium, organised around many different topics.

It has a specific challenge on the future of hospitals together with In4Care-for sure a challenging topic. Just think about hospital networks, security in hospitals, follow up of patients at home, or stress and burnout prevention for doctors.

This year, organisers have arranged a hack-journey for you, so it’s easy to compose your own track.


2. HIMMS Liège: 1-3 April in Liège (Belgium)

The Belgian conference of the international HIMMS ( (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), the largest healthcare IT management organisation in the world. At this second edition, HIMMS Liège brings patients closer to hospitals through information and technology.

The conference is hosted by CHU-Liège University Hospital-, one of the most digitally mature hospitals in Europe. It aims to reach health IT people from all over the Benelux.

On 2 April, 8 HealthTech startups can pitch their solutions to hospital CIO’s in an e-health hub session on 2 April. Interested? apply before 28 February.

On 3 April, a case study of Finlands virtual hospital HUS by Aki Puustjärvi looks promising.

The program is not yet complete, so in case you have an interesting story or demo on bringing patients closer to hospitals (or the other way around of course!!), you can give it a try.  Specifically health startups for the session of 2 april are welcome.


3. Public Health next step: 11 April in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Dutch Conference for new perspectives on prevention and health education. One day conference with interesting tracks: for example on public space and health, health prevention and loneliness.

Several formats to present a paper or research, to be interviewed or to pitch your solution at the inspiration market.

Applications are still possible but you have to hurry!

4. DMEA:9-11 april in Berlin (Germany):

New name of the well-known health IT event CohnIT opening up to digital health. DMEA is taking place in the Berlin Messe and is supported by a bunch of health (IT) corporates as Compugroup, Agfa, Siemens Healthiniers, Rhenus logistics, 3M, Cerner, …

It’s a massive fair combined with an interesting academic and startup program. Students, researchers and startups aiming to present a paper or wanting to compete for the newcomer award should wait for next year (applications are closed now).

Startups still can book their place at the startup cafe or the mobile health zone. DMEA also has country areas, with exhibitors from Austria and Switzerland for example.

You should not miss DMEA if you want to reach out to the German market -the largest in Europe!

5. Digital Health World Congress: 7-8 May in London (UK): 

Large conference on all aspects of digital health: a program with visions on IoT in health, latest trends and use cases on digital support of diabetes, insights on the health market and results of the NHS accelerator.

Speakers from corporates and scaleups alike.  


6. Vitafoods: 7-9 May in Geneve  (Zwitserland):

For those exploring and working in smart foods a growing health market in the years to come.

Vitafoods first of all is a massive exhibition area. Visitors can source high-quality ingredients, raw materials, service or nutraceutical products from over 1,200 global suppliers. Visitors come from 110 countries to do business, but also to follow an education program. Organised around 11 trends, you can follow summits on: food technology, personalised nutrition, mental wellness, sports nutrition, …

The conference organising committee is still open for papers and posters of speakers.

7. Arctic15: 5-6 June in Helsinki (Finland)

Their headline is ‘action matters’. And although health is not their only focus, the Nordic and Baltic health ecosystem has proven to be top last years.

Arctic15 is a networking startup conference in the Nordics and the Baltics, combining intensive matchmaking sessions with a program full of interesting speakers and a straightforward funding program for startups.

Arctic15 is joined by many European investors, so it really is an opportunity to meet, learn and get feedback if you’re looking for a deal.

Nordic pre-seed and seed startups can apply for the funding program, closely working together with Nordic investors during 3 months and culminating to a signed deal at Arctic15. Easy to apply (before 20 March), work straight ahead and present at Arctic15.

8. HIMSS and Health 2.0 Europe Conference: 11-13 June in Helsinki (Finland):

It will be busy in Helsinki in June. If you can not attend Arctic15 or want more detailed information on data and artificial intelligence, you can register for the European HIMSS conference, joining forces with the Health 2.0 network in the capital of Finland.

This is a conference with innovation use cases, workshops, and sessions on the harnessing of data and AI: beyond the buzz.

The event is still welcoming speakers and presenters. Interested? Submit here.

9. Giant Health Event: 15-16 October in London (UK):

This health technology event gathers all stakeholders within the health ecosystem- thus very very interesting to join. It’s a festival, rather than a conference, with inspiring and creative innovators showing leading health tech from around the world.

It’s also the place for Beanstalks: a top health startup competition for prizes in different categories. Competition for 2019 is not open yet, keep informed by joining the newsletter community.     


10. Medica: 18-21 november Düsseldorf (Germany):

Leading international trade fair and world forum for medicine in this city along the Rhine. Next to the trade fair, you can join at least 5 conferences and forums. Medica has a startup park and a wearable technologies show.

Subscribe to the Medica newsletter or follow Medica on social media to be informed on the 2019 program.

11. The extra: Braintech: 4-5 March in Tel Aviv (Israel)

It brings you the newest insights in brain research and brain technology, one of the most challenging fields in healthTech. It has speakers and posters (+ poster prices) on neuro wellness, digital brain health and therapeutics, brain stimulation and neuromodulation, to name some. It has a startup competition and startup pavilion. And every two years it gathers the top of the brain innovation community in one of the major HealthTech scale-up countries: Israel.

So, although strictly speaking, Braintech is not a European conference, it’s definitely worth joining or at least following the conference (use #braintech).

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