euVENTION 2019 – 35 Participants, 20 Nationalities, 12 Countries and 300 Helping Hands

“How do I offer new prevention and treatment options for people with chronic diseases or the risk of a disease with an own company?” The third edition of the “European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention” (euVENTION) was dedicated to this challenge and took place from July 21st to August 2nd 2019 at Marsilius-Arkaden in Heidelberg, Germany.

Participants of the euVENTION Programme 2019 at Heidelberg University

During the two-week programme, multidisciplinary teams of students and graduates developed ideas into business models that address challenges given by industry partners, academia, non-profit organizations such as Amgen, Barmer and SAP and Heidelberg University or the participants themselves.

The aim of the event is to support university graduates with an interest in starting a business in the development of idea s and business models. This year the participants worked on six different challenges:

  1. Assistance for independent elderly – presented by Marsilius Kolleg
  2. Electronic patient record – presented by Barmer
  3. Improve patient experience – presented by SAP
  4. IOT and Digitization for persons with disabilities – presented by Fingfang
  5. Osteoporosis as chronic disease – presented by Amgen
  6. Virtual assistance for patients with addiction – present by participants

This year’s 35 participants from 12 countries were prepared for these challenges by a MOOC about the basic background of innovation to address chronic diseases.

Using co-creation, design thinking, rapid prototyping and business modelling the students and graduates were expected to come up then with healthcare solutions that address the given challenges. Inspirational lectures by thought leaders of the students. Supported by around 100 coaches and, mentors and experts that guided the working groups, helped the students to develop their innovation skills and their solutions.

They co-designed, validated and tested ideas at each stage. By the end of euVENTION, all participants had gone through all phases of a real-world innovation trajectory, and acquired the necessary set of skills and knowledge to start entrepreneurial activities.

To learn more about the programme please read here

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