heiINNOVATIONStartup School: Healthcare in a Digital World

Would you like to get out of the lab and solve real-world challenges? Stop imagining – START UP and realise your ideas! Join our STARTUP SCHOOL by heiINNOVATION. Join us on a six-week innovation journey and develop innovative, actionable solutions for meaningful challenges on the issue of „Healthcare in a Digital World“. Our STARTUP SCHOOL leads you through the whole cycle of innovation from the idea to a viable business product. Guided by professional coaches and mentors, interdisciplinary teams will qualify themselves using state of the art innovation methods and will get the chance to deep dive in digital technologies that will shape the future.


  • 5 October – 12 November 2020 (part-time)
  • Live online workshop sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Online talks by innovators
  • Online self-learning sessions
  • Hackathon-Weekend
  • Topics: Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping, Business Model Innovation, Story Telling, Pitching, Networking, Digital Transformation in Healthcare.

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About the Startup School

The STARTUP SCHOOL is conceptualised to motivate young researchers to develop new skills and methods, to think outside the box, and to solve challenges with innovative ideas. You will work in interdisciplinary teams on real-world challenges from different stakeholders in healthcare. While qualifying yourselves using state-of-the-art innovation methods like Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping, Business Model Innovation, you will also gain hands on experience in digital technologies that will shape our future.

Professional coaches and mentors will guide you through the full cycle of innovation in six weeks: The first week will be all about onboarding and understanding the challenges, choosing the one you will work on for the duration of this programme and getting to know your new team. In the second week, we will introduce you to Design Thinking methods and how to use them to test human desirability and understanding the user’s needs. The third week will be about exploring solutions and creating low-fidelity prototypes to test your ideas. 

In week four we will deep dive into digital technologies and you will get the chance to earn hands-on experience in coding and hacking. At the end of week four we are planning a Hackathon, so you can use your new skills and concepts to wrap a prototype with the help of IT experts. In week five we want to generate a business product out of your solutions, test the financial viability and create a viable business model. In the final week you will learn how to pitch the solutions you developed and to present your ideas at the final pitch night in front of a jury and the other teams.During the programme you will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a series of exciting talks from healthcare professionals and innovators.

Frequent Questions

Who can apply? 

The STARTUP SCHOOL is designed for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. But all dedicated and motivated individuals are invited to apply. We aim for participants from the region to mix online with on-site formats. 

Which language will be spoken? 

The whole programme will be in English. So you have to speak and understand English at least at B2 level. 

What technical requirements do you need?  

You need a stable internet connection, a laptop or computer, which can be used for video calls. We will provide you with accesses to the platforms that will be used for the online sessions.

How much time do you need?  

You should be available between 5 October – 13 November in part-time.  During the week we will have mandatory workshops on Thursdays (afternoon) and Fridays (all day). The rest of the programme will be organised in self-learning sessions and online talks in the evening.

Is It Possible To Get Etcs Credits For Participation In The Programme?

After successfully participating in the STARTUP SCHOOL you will get a certificate with ECTS credits. It depends on your faculty and study course, however, if they accept this certificate. Please check with your department or faculty to make sure of that in advance. To receive a certificate an active participation during the live workshop sessions and during the group work is obligatory. 

Supported by

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH