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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"As a female co-founder of a tech healthcare company, I hope that my personal story can encourage other women to start shaping their own professional and personal career and foster innovation in this field"

How did you come up with your business idea/research field?

During my doctoral research, I realized about the many gaps in healthcare delivery and the huge potential of wearable technologies to improve patient’s health. I decided that I wanted to take part in this digital transformation and together with other female entrepreneurs, we founded Qolware. At Qolware, we focus on the analysis of wearable data and the use of AI-based technology to determine a person’s “health fingerprint”. This fingerprint takes into account internal and external health risk factors characteristic of every patient, like vitals signals and medication history, to achieve a more personalized treatment, health monitoring and reliable prediction and detection of medical emergencies.

 

Why did you become an entrepreneur/researcher in the heathcare industry?

Everyone has his or her own reason to start an entrepreneurial journey. For me, one of the main motivations was to have the possibility to decide and shape the way in which I can have a positive impact in the world that surrounds me. Probably my risk-taking attitude and desire of continuous learning was also determinant to start this journey.

 

How was the process of deciding that you really wanted to do it, what pushed you?

Somehow for me this was a natural step to take. I had seen first-hand many of the shortages that clinicians and patients have to face in a daily basis and I had the tools and know-how to change things for the better. So, why not try? I was already convinced that I needed to do something; I just could not see myself ending up as another number working for a big enterprise. But probably the last push was finding a great co-founder as well as a skilled team, as passionate and equally motivated to build something amazing together. Without a strong team behind you, it is very difficult (and boring) to start a business.

 

What have been the main challenges you have encountered?

The first big challenge is to get the funding to start building a company. And probably the second big challenge is how to attract talent and retain it. Being a young small company, the resources are usually very limited and one must find ways to compensate this deficit.

 

There is quite a high proportion of women working in the healthcare system. Why do you think there are so few female founders?

I guess it may be a mix of a higher risk aversion compared to men, and a lack of external encouragement, sometimes driven by traditional social perceptions that promote the figure of the man as the one who is expected to achieve leadership and make a successful career.

 

What traits do you think you have, that made you became a successful entrepreneur?

I cannot call myself a successful entrepreneur, at least not yet. But one of my big strengths, that I consider is very important for any successful entrepreneur, is having a good dose of resilience. That would definitely help to push through the difficult moments, because sometimes the journey is hard and the capacity to recover quickly is determinant to help you maintain your focus and look for a solution.

 

Did you have a mentor or supporter that helped you pursue your idea?

Yes! The most determined adventurers also need someone to pat them on the back. In my case, this is my doctoral advisor, Professor Diepold. I have to thank him for providing me with indispensable resources to ensure the best environment for the Qolware team as well as for his unstinting support and strategic advice.

 

If you were about to pursue a new idea or venture right now - which field/trend/technology would you look into?

I would stay in the connected health field. It is still full of possibilities. In particular, the growing use of wearable and mobile gadget, like fitness trackers and wristbands, on a daily basis is generating a lot of precious information that if used in a smart way could improve significantly the diagnosis and treatment of many chronic diseases as well as the way we deliver care, making it more personalized, accessible and affordable.

 

What do you think needs to change in our societies for more women to pursue an entrepreneurial career?

I think creating awareness would help to encourage other women to start pursuing their own ideas. But probably the key is to fight against the stereotypes about women being the ones staying at home and also about men having to achieve leadership positions. Both are equally wrong.
 

Do you have any message you would like to share with other women that are thinking about pursuing an innovative idea in the field of healthcare?

I would give a woman the same message I would share with a man: be passionate about what you do. Believe in yourself. Do not be afraid of trying! Whatever the result of your adventure is, you will learn very valuable lessons during this exciting journey.

 

 

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