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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The program is a pan-European initiative sponsored by EIT Health which aims to give you a solid foundation to start planning an entrepreneurial venture based on a research topic of your interest. As a program participant you receive coaching and training throughout the process and are introduced to the challenges of innovating in health care and ways in which to overcome those challenges. Experienced instructors from some of Europe’s leading institutions on health care innovation will guide you through topics such as market need identification and validation; solution concept generation and validation; how to navigate intellectual property, regulatory, and reimbursement complexities; and business development.


During the Training Camp you will get the opportunity to network with likeminded PhD students from the following partner universities, and more:

• Karolinska Institutet
• Sorbonne Université
• Universidade de Coimbra
• Université Grenoble Alpes
• Universität zu Köln
• Leiden University Medical Center


If selected, you will receive a 5,000 EUR grant towards the commercialization and further development of your idea, as well as a 1,500 EUR travel & accommodation grant to participate in the Training Camp at the University of Oxford on August 5-16 along with other selected participants from across Europe. During the training camp you will engage in lectures, workshops, and networking activities and the camp will conclude with a pitch competition where the winners will receive cash prizes of up to 3,000 € in six separate prize categories.
At the end of the program you will have a clear understanding of the requirements for building and de-risking an entrepreneurial venture within the health sector.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The selection process is in two stages: (1) written application and (2) local pitch competition.

Written application

In order to be eligible to apply you need to:

• …currently be enrolled as a DPhil student at the University of Oxford
• …have finished your 1st year DPhil
• …be researching a topic related to health or health care
• …be able to attend the whole Training Camp in Oxford, UK on August 5-16

The following material is needed for your application:

• Personal CV
• Personal letter of motivation
• Letter of recommendation/supporting letter from PI
• Written pitch of your idea (maximum 1200 characters)
• Description of how you will invest a potential 5,000 EUR prize to further develop your idea

Proposals must be submitted using the online application form (https://eithealth.wufoo.com/forms/mcwt6qy04rk5eq/ and must be received no later than 23:59 CEST on Sunday, 9th June 2019.

Pitch

If your written application is successful you will be invited to the University of Oxford pitch competition on Thursday, June 20th at 9:00-12:00.

In the evenings of June 17th or 18th a pitch training workshop will be organised for all students who have been selected to pitch in the local competition.

Detailed information about the local pitch competition and pitch training workshop will be provided selected candidates upon confirmation.

The jury will evaluate each pitch according to the following criteria:

• Quality of Science
• Idea or Proposition
• Innovation’s fit to market need
• Innovation Plan Roadmap
• Presentation

Only the Local pitch awardees will have the opportunity to attend the two week training camp in Oxford (5th to 16th August). At the final day of the program there will be a final pitch competition, where a EITHealth jury will assess the 10 min pitches according to the same above mentioned criteria to select awards for the best candidates up to six categories up to 3.000€ per category.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a DPhil program and must have completed their first year of doctoral training in a field relevant to EIT Health, i.e, medical, biotech, social, IT or technical research which is applicable in promoting healthy living and active ageing, and want to pursue a solid foundation to start planning an entrepreneurial venture based on a research topic of interest to them.

 

 

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend the two-week summer Training Camp at the University of Oxford and win one of the Gold, Silver or Bronze final pitch awards.

 

Three DPhil students from the University of Oxford will be selected to represent the university at the Training Camp in Oxford, obtaining valuable feedback on their innovative proposition.

 

Participants of the Training Camp will focus on obtaining transferable skills for entrepreneurship training, which includes professional pitch training by a highly-skilled pitch coach. Recipients will be further supported by the technology transfer and intellectual property offices of the universities involved for the duration of their fellowship. This will include help to assess the commercial potential of their results, to protect and manage the associated intellectual property, to identify the optimal route to commercialisation, to define what potential commercial partners expect in terms of proof of concept for a given technology, to secure follow on translational funding where needed to achieve proof of concept, and to identify, attract and secure potential partners/investors to further develop and commercialise new healthcare technologies.

 

 

Any questions or from candidates relating to this call should be directed to phdtf@eng.ox.ac.uk