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
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Katarzyna took part in the WE Health Module 1 in Stockholm and shares her story as the founder of Minnity and her learning from the workshop.

What motivated and inspired you to start your business?

My first experience of dementia was when my grandma developed Alzheimer’s disease. To see her gradually lose the ability to remember things, orientate herself or recognize her family was very difficult for me. A couple of years later, I’ve decided to focus my PhD research on the experience of family caregiver’s of people with Alzheimer’s. Since then, I have been working with people with dementia and their caregivers and my focus has been on training in communication skills. I have realized that professionals need smart tools which can facilitate good communication with those they care for. Also, I’ve understood that the way we teach about dementia has to change to adapt to the real needs of those who will most benefit from it. Somebody had to do it, so I’ve set up Minnity.

Tell us about your business…

Minnity creates intuitive digital tools for professional dementia carers to support them in delivering person-centered care. We combine my expertise in dementia care with my partner’s experience in IT development and work closely with our end users - home care assistants to begin with - to build solutions fitting their needs. In collaboration with two crafty developers/designers we’re working on an intuitive and flexible tool. 

We are looking into expanding our team with people passionate about business development and marketing to make our offer even better adapted to the European long-term-care markets.

What have been your biggest challenges so far with running your business? And how did you overcome these challenges?

Until recently, I haven’t even imagined myself as a startup founder. There are so many things I don’t know about business management and development! My way to deal with it is to take one thing at a time, keep on learning and ask for help or advice when possible. 

What was your biggest success as an entrepreneur so far?

Minnity won the regional competition round in the European Health Catapult (EHC) competition and will be representing Digital Health startups from Scandinavia in the semifinals. I am happy my pitch convinced the jury, although I am fully aware there is much to improve. Looking forward to the training and networking opportunities in Erlangen!

Last year you took part in the WE Health programme. Do you recall of any change you have made in your personal/professional life? / What impact did the workshop have on you?

The WE Health intense workshop I participated in April gave me a huge load of energy and ideas. The different role models presented, the variety of backgrounds and experiences of the participants and the load of advice heard made me realize that the most important thing is to choose what works best for me. And that there is no perfect entrepreneur, just people finding ways to make their ideas real. I came out of the workshop with a strong conviction that I can be an entrepreneur, too.

What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?

There is so much advice out there that navigating it is quite a challenge. I would dare to add one tip to it: know what you are good at and have the courage to use it. Building on your strengths makes you effective and authentic.