Empowering Women in Health Innovation

The Project – WE Health

The project "Empowering Women in Health Innovation" (WE Health) is a strategic project of the EIT Health CAMPUS Programme that started in 2017. The project aims to enhance the participation of women in health innovation and entrepreneurial activities, by providing capacity-building specifically tailored to their needs and by inspiring and supporting them to advance in their professional careers.

The WE Health project seeks to fulfill the following objectives:

Developing new activities and services  (training and mentoring) tailored to the specific needs of women, taking into account the findings from our assessment study and literature review on gender-specific topics.

Creating a space for all interested actors involved in women entrepreneurship and gender issues, through the design and setting up of a Network of Women Health Innovators.

Raising awareness of the need for more women-led startups and women health leaders, by means of new communications, tools, and content.

The project partners are IESE Business School (Spain), Karolinska Institutet Sweden, Technische Universität München (Germany), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), Medical University of Lodz (Poland), University of Barcelona (Spain), La Caixa Foundation (Spain), and Glintt S.A (Portugal).

Capacity Building Modules

The WE Health Capacity Building program 2019 is composed of three modules with a different thematic focus area addressing the needs of diverse target groups of women in the healthcare domain. Participants can select the module that best fits their needs, and are free to attend several modules and learn about the different perspectives. The three-day-long modules will be packed with practical tools and real life experiences. Networking sessions will allow participants to favor interaction and exchange of vision and views with other women driving innovation in healthcare. The program includes elements that specifically address women and are provided by women – through panel discussions and inspirational speakers, and complemented by personalised mentoring and coaching opportunities.

Module 1: Unlocking your Innovative Potential

10, 11, and 12 April 2019, Stockholm (Sweden)

Karolinska Institutet

Women, reach your full potential and create a vision that excites you! Training Module 1 of the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation (WE Health) programme helps in mapping out your individual needs and assets by applying creative tools and business methodologies.

Do you use the full potential of your capabilities? Or are you lacking a vision that excites you? The aim of this training module is to put women’s entrepreneurial journeys in focus. They will learn an approach that is entrepreneurial creative, action oriented, independent and value-creating. The module will take students through a series of interactive workshops, with the objective to map your individual needs and assets, apply creative tools and business methodology. After this module, participants will have designed solutions to their challenges and have made a plan of action – the first steps towards leadership in innovation.

  • Needs Assessment, Challenges and Expectations
  • Identify Points of Action
  • Design your Plan of Action

The module is designed for women in science, research and bio-entrepreneurship with at least three years of work experience; women that are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial ambitions and inner/outer leadership in health innovation.

Module 2: Starting your Entrepreneurship Journey

03, 04 and 05 June 2019, Munich (Germany)

Technische Universität München

Do you have a business idea in mind but are unsure how to put it into practice? Or are you just missing the space to discuss your idea and the challenges that come along with it? This training is part of the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation (WE Health) programme. This module of the programme is designed for women scientists or entrepreneurs who have a business idea in mind or are already working on their own business idea in the field of healthcare. The event will take place at the Technical University of Munich.

The aim of this module is to address the entrepreneurial challenges of women striving to found their own healthcare venture. We will give you the chance to discuss your idea with like-minded female founders and coaches. While creating your own network and learning about young businesses in the healthcare domain, we will guide you through some key aspects of founding a venture – from validating your business idea, to pitching it to investors. This module will help you create a network of female founders to reach out to and provide you with the skills you need in order to convince others of your business idea, be it investors or future employees. It will train you in:

  • Validation of your business concept
  • The VC world and how to pitch
  • Leadership and team development in a startup

Module 3: Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation

16, 17 and 18 September 2019, Barcelona (Spain)

IESE Business School

This unique programme supports female leaders and innovators in identifying opportunities and in developing and realising them, thus generating new sources of value. This training is the third module for 2019 offered by the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation (WE Health) programme.The module is designed for female senior executives and innovators in the healthcare sector: the industry, health care providers, and related governmental research and academic institutions. It is aimed at those who are leading and driving innovation in different settings and functions, thus enhancing cross-learning and networking. The event will take place at IESE Busines School.

The programme will enable you to drive innovation inside the organisation, to seize on and develop talents and to deal with practical challenges, in order to realise the full potential of innovation. You will learn how to communicate effectively and persuasively, and to capture and hold the attention of your audience in a variety of contexts.

Over the three days, you will be engaged in a rigorous and intense debate on the key issues affecting healthcare innovation. The case method will take your thinking to the next level, and interaction with faculty members and peer-to-peer synergies will give you a broader perspective and insights with which to shape your professional future and growth as a female leader in healthcare.

Module 1: Unlocking your Innovative Potential
Module 1: Unlocking your Innovative Potential
Module 2: Starting your Entrepreneurship Journey
Module 2: Starting your Entrepreneurship Journey
Module 3: Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation
Module 3: Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation

The Capsules

A new training concept to deliver quality training

In 2019, WE Health has created a new concept: The Capsules.


They will help to scale the WE Health activities while reaching out to new regions thanks to the collaboration with new partners: Medical University of Lodz (Poland), University of Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), La Caixa Foundation (Spain) and Glintt company (Portugal).

A WE Health Capsule is a one-day workshop on a particular topic, providing women the opportunity to be involved in a day full of inspirational talks, case discussions, idea generation and exchange of experience in health innovation focusing on the role women are playing and how their value creation can be enhanced.  


Past events:

  • 8th May - Women Empowerment Day (Medical University of Lodz)
  • 19th June-WeNURSE: Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health (University of Barcelona)

Future events:

  • 18th September-Women investors day (La Caixa Foundation)
  • October 2019-Women barriers in the business world (Glintt-Global Intelligent Technologies S.A)
  • 5th November-Women entrepreneurs in the Health sector (Grenoble Ecole de Management) More info: https://bit.ly/2K7QfwO


Past events

8 th May - Women Empowerment Day

On May 8th, the Medical University of Lodz hosted the first capsule of WE Health aimed at young women, students in different health professions

The Women Empowerment Day gathered a large group of enthusiastic young women, future health professionals, exposing them to new ideas and insights in terms of knowledge and skills development meeting with inspirational female speakers from different health-related fields.

At the onset, Lucyna Woźniak MUL’s Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations shared her personal experience in becoming a leader in research and education, followed by Dorota Kilanska inspiring all the participants by relating her success story of implementing the international regulation for nursing in Poland. Magda Rosenmöller from IESE took them on a journey into the world of dancing, for lessons on co-creative leadership. Finally, participants learned to about Design Thinking Methodology in a workshop led by Magdalena Wrzesińska from MUL.


19th June- WeNURSE: Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health

In this one-day workshop undergraduate, postgraduate, master and doctoral women students in nursing were invited to create innovative solutions for challenges related to ICTUS. In a day full of inspirational talks, participants were introduced to several methodologies to co-create solutions together with citizens and different stakeholders. Two ICTUS associations (Child Hemiparesis Association and Barcelona ICTUS Foundation) interacted with participants to identify better solutions.


Why is it important to empower women to innovate in nursing?

Focusing on empowering women in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship within healthcare, nursing is a profession dominated by women. The innovative and entrepreneurial potential of nursing needs to be highlighted: nurses have broad knowledge and holistic vision of care provision while working on the frontline with patients, families, and communities. In their interdisciplinary work, they interact with all different actors. Being present in all moments of a patient's life, they are the best to identify and understand patients’ needs and look for solutions.

Workshop in Lodz
Lodz 2

Registration Process

The online registration for Module 3: Empowering Women Leadership in Health Innovation is now available!

This module of the programme is designed for female senior executive and innovators in the health sector, leading and driving innovation in different settings and functions.

It will take place the 16, 17 and 18 of September 2019 at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Who we are

EIT Health is a European healthcare initiative – and one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. The EIT Health consortium consists of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities from 14 EU countries. It serves as a network for the development of health-related innovations and business ideas.

EIT Health aims to contribute to the increasing competitiveness of Europe’s health industry, improve the quality of life for Europe’s citizens and increase the sustainability of its healthcare system. The partnership will promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources. This will be achieved through delivering products, concepts and services, including educational programmes that will nurture talents and train the workforce of tomorrow. Adopting an investor approach, EIT Health will drive the integration of business, research and higher education, boost innovation, and is a catalyst for new solutions for Europe.


For all your queries:


IESE CRHIM – Center for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management

IESE Business School, Avda Pearson, 21, 08034 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 253 6569


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