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:


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

Initiated in 2016 by the different partners of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Imperial College London, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Technische Universität München and P.A.U. Education in Barcelona the WE Health project got started in 2017 in order to enhance the participation of women in health innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

A design thinking workshop in Barcelona in March laid the basis for further activities. 30 women from all over Europe from different ages and with a variety of professional backgrounds in the healthcare sector got together to develop ideas on how to best address the underrepresentation of female innovators. Numerous ideas were created that finally led to activities realized in the following months:

  • Three different Capacity Building Modules including training, networking and mentoring tailored to the specific needs of women
  • Design and setting up of a Network of Women Health Innovators aimed at creating a space for all interested actors involved in women entrepreneurship and gender issues


Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation – 2017 Activities

The Capacity-Building programme was composed of three modules, complementary to each other, but self-standing. Participants were able to select the module that best met their needs. The 2,5 daylong modules were all packed with practical tools and real life experiences. Networking sessions and inspirational speakers allowed participants to exchange their views and make contact with other women driving innovation in healthcare.

In mid-June, the first participants got together to explore their entrepreneurial ambitions. It was the first module celebrated by the WE Health Network, under the name “Unlock your innovative potential”, and took place at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. To guide the participants in taking their first step towards leadership and entrepreneurship in health innovation, the first module saw the participants work with inspirational speakers and through interactive learning techniques and coached reflections. They also engaged with the methodology used in the “business model canvas” but applied to explore the entrepreneurial possibilities of the individual.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation – 2017 Activities

In the beginning of September, the second module of the WE Health programme brought together women around the topic of “Enabling Change”. At the Technical University in Munich the participants learned about their own decision-making behavior and how to make use of it to drive their own ideas and ambitions. The 2,5 days were complemented with a communication training on how to communicate with self-confidence and several inspirational elements ranging from female speakers to a company visit and a panel discussion.

Lastly, the third module at IESE Business School in Barcelona completed the Capacity Building Programme with a module on “Transforming and Innovating in Health Care”. By building on active learning methodologies, the participants engaged in intense debates on the key issues affecting entrepreneurship and leadership in healthcare. By challenging each other, and sharing knowledge and experiences, the module provided insights to shape the professional future and grow as women innovators and entrepreneurs. A female investor panel and various networking possibilities accompanied the programme. As the last module in 2017 luckily this was not the end.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurship in Health Innovation – 2017 Activities

The WE Health project will continue in 2018 with several capacity-building workshops and networking possibilities. Stay up to date via the WE Health website or follow WE Health on twitter.