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Starting your Entrepreneurial Journey: WE Health Module 2 supports female founders

9th July 2019

Three-day workshop in Munich helps women innovators expand entrepreneurial skills


At the start of June, female founders from all over Europe came together in Munich to participate in Module 2 of EIT Health’s Empowering Women in Health Innovation (WE Health) initiative, which aims at helping women healthcare innovators advance their entrepreneurial journeys.

During a three-day workshop, participants were given the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills, expand their network and receive support from experts.

Organised by the Technical University Munich and the WE Health partners from IESE Business School, Imperial College and Karolinska Institutet, the second module of WE Health initiative helped equip these women with the skills, the support and the courage to address their entrepreneurial challenges. The participants were guided through some key aspects of founding a venture – from validating their business idea, to pitching it to investors.

During the three days in Munich, participants developed different entrepreneurial skills and received valuable insights relating to areas such as, how to work out the value proposition of their idea or how to lead a team and co-create with other people. They also learned how to enhance their networking skills, how to best present their business idea to a potential customer, partner or investor and how to raise money from a venture capitalist.

While learning tips and tricks for new ventures in the healthcare domain, the participants had the chance to expand their own network and discuss common topics with other founders. Besides receiving inspiration and input from founders who are already ahead in their entrepreneurial journey, they also benefitted from exchanging their ideas within the group of like-minded female entrepreneurs.

The training which was provided was given by a number of experts from different fields, such as Design Thinking and Business Modelling experts, but also founders sharing their advice on networking tactics and other topics. They also had the chance to directly talk to a potential investor and learn about the opportunities the EIT Health Accelerator is offering.

The Munich Module was the second of three WE Health Modules (planned) in 2018 addressing the challenges of female entrepreneurs, researchers and executives. Besides the valuable training content, each module aims to encourage women to advance their careers in health innovation and provide them the space to discuss their personal challenges in a safe environment with like-minded people.

The next workshop with the topic “Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation” will take place from 17-19 September at IESE Business School in Barcelona. It is designed for women executives and senior innovators, supporting them to drive innovation inside organisations, to seize on and develop talents and to deal with practical challenges, in order to realise the full potential of innovation.

Watch the video below for a summary of the three-day workshop in Munich

You can apply to join the workshop by clicking here, with the deadline for applications being 31 July.

For more information about the WE Health project click here.

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