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Accelerating Your Healthcare Start-Up


Are you ready to take your healthcare start-up to the next level? This programme will help you get there. In this intensive, hands-on boot camp, you’ll explore business model design methodologies. You’ll have your ideas and business plan challenged by world-class industry, health and finance professionals. And you’ll develop the skills and confidence you need to pitch your idea to potential investors.

Why this programme?

You’ve been actively working on an idea that could change the future of the health industry. Now it’s time to incubate it. It’s time to test critical assumptions, get expert feedback – and create an investor-ready plan.

In an intensive, action learning, team-based boot camp, you’ll design your business model, challenge your thinking – and identify the best sources of funding for your venture.

Throughout your journey you’ll get expert support and insight both from faculty and our industry partners –Johnson & Johnson and UCB – who co-fund and support this programme.

When you successfully complete the programme, you’ll gain a certificate.

This programme is a partnership between the Health Sciences & Business Institute of KU Leuven and Vlerick Business School – and Imperial College London. It’s sponsored by EIT Health – an organisation that aims to stimulate and professionalise entrepreneurship in European health and innovation ecosystems.

Who should attend?

This programme is designed for entrepreneurs, start-ups or individuals who are ready to turn their health ideas into a business.

We welcome:

  • Health and life sciences students and professionals
  • Professionals from the health industry
  • Health start-up entrepreneurs (who are in their first year)
  • Life-science based ventures and intrapreneurs

We’re looking for ideas with potential – and people with the ability to take them to the next level.

Remember, if you’re selected for this programme, you’ll need to sign an NDA agreement.

Programme content

The boot camp consists of two stages and takes place in two locations – London and Brussels. Throughout the boot camp, you’ll explore frameworks and concepts and apply them to your idea.  As you build your business plan, world-class industry experts and academics will challenge it – helping you turn it into a robust, commercial offer.

The boot camp includes three content blocks:

  • One: Value Creation in Health Markets
  • Two: Value Capture
  • Three: Value Delivery

After each block, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your idea with the help of coaches and experts. You’ll also present your idea to your fellow participants and get valuable feedback.

In this first week you’ll focus on problem solving. You’ll assess the full potential impact of your technology or idea and how it creates better and healthier lives. And you’ll carry out field research to assess the value of your idea – how it could benefit patients and improve process.  You’ll work on your communication skills by testing yourself in the Imperial Impact LabTM.

The second week of the boot camp takes place in Brussels. You’ll focus on designing your business plan and learning how to secure the best sources of funding for your venture.

At the end of the boot camp, you’ll pitch your final idea in front of a Dragon’s Den style jury of venture capitalists, business school professors and health sector experts

Programme key info

8 days
From £1120

Getting Started

Practical info

Length: 2 modules of 4 days each

Date and Location:
Week 1: 17-20 September (Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, UK) ;
Week 2: 5-8 November (Vlerick Business School Brussels Campus, Belgium)

What alumni say

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EIT members

£3200 for teams of 2

£3840 for teams of 3

£4480 for teams of 4

Non-EIT members

£4280 for teams of 2

£4920 for teams of 3

£5560 for teams of 4


As an experienced research scientist I was well aware that I was ill-equipped to set up and form a company. The boot camp gave us the fundamentals of formulating a business plan. It also helped us to develop a focused investor pitch. The individual, direct feedback from professors and coaches was invaluable. In addition, it was very useful to learn from the evolving ideas of the other teams – and to critique each other’s presentations in a friendly, supportive environment. What we learned during the boot camp has given us a solid foundation to build our company into the success it is today. The opportunity to pitch to investors was particularly useful – and we made contacts that eventually led to us raising the funding we needed.

Timothy PereraCEO Octimet

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