Education at UBE

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The Unit for Bioentrepreneurship (UBE) develops and provides educational activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship within life science. The education offered is ranging from single lectures to courses, project works and a two year master programme.

The education is aiming at different target groups, from undergraduate students, to PhD candidates, researchers, clinicians and teachers. The pedagogic model at UBE is student-centred and based on "entrepreneurial learning" to create conditions for creativity, reflection and initiative in teaching. Lectures are often held by external experts with diverse backgrounds and serve as inspiration and a source to discussion. Theoretical knowledge is obtained through literature studies and applied through practical work such as workshops, case exercises and projects, often in groups.

Master's programme in bioentrepreneurship

The Master's programme in bioentrepreneurship (MBE) is a 120 higher education credits programme that provide the foundation needed for future leaders in industry, investment companies or other organisations in the biomedical field. In the rapidly developing life science industry, there is an urgent need for people who combine business knowledge with the understanding of science and technology. Focus on real life issues, cases and internships gives you experience and networks that will enhance your future career. As a bioentrepreneur you will help bridge the gap between research and the public and private sectors.

Programme presentation and application

Information about project placements for students

Freestanding and programme elective courses

UBE is the KI competence centre within SSES (Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship). Today three of UBE:s courses are given in collaboration with SSES. We are also very happy to be able to offer KI undergraduate and postgraduate students different interesting courses in collaboration with the other SSES schools. All of the courses are open to students from Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm University and Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design). The following courses are offered within the framework of the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

Core courses - The venture creation process

Cross-disciplinary projects are a major part of the courses.

Context courses

Offers the opportunity to explore venture creation in specific areas.

Skills courses

Practical techniques covering a variety of skill sets.

Co-up lab incubation programme

Start: August 19, 2019
End: December 16, 2019

Duration: 6 months and a minimum of 10 hours peer week, corresponding to approximately 7.5 credits
Available spots: 15
Certificate: Provided by EIT Health
Entry requirements: Students (bachelors, masters, PhDs) with a background related to healthcare and/or life science

The Co-up lab is a novel approach for early incubation of ideas designed as a semester-long educational experience focusing on healthcare. Students will develop ideas in co-creation with stakeholders, professionals and end users, at mobile innovation spaces in the interface between the classroom and the public, bringing the innovation process to the user.

Programme introduction

Do you envision yourself as contributing to a better society? Do you want to develop new skills and competences, to create value also on a personal level? The Co-up lab incubation programme is tailored for students with a background related to healthcare and/or life science. The content is set to train future “change agents” with an entrepreneurial mindset to prepare them for taking entrepreneurial action to address key healthcare priorities.

For the period of one semester students will be supported in their entrepreneurial journeys. The programme will provide them with support in form of educational activities and coaching. The students will be encouraged to work using design methodologies and business tools to advance their projects.

Key concepts: co-creation, user-focus, experimentation, interdisciplinarity, improve health

Content and structure

The Co-up lab incubation programme relies on hands-on training, acknowledging the importance of student experience and follows the design thinking process, embracing its key characteristics. Learning will happen through hands-on work, peer to peer learning, stakeholder interaction and “real life setting implementation” of new knowledge. Teachers and experts will hold seminars, coach and facilitate the incubation.

The incubation programme will focus on two key concepts: 1) User-focus, including contextual user research to understand latent needs, user testing and co-creation, facilitating patient-driven medicine and healthcare. 2) Experimentation, including prototyping, iteration, involving the creation of physical space for experimentation. The Co-up lab incubation process will guide students in interdisciplinary teams to develop their own ideas through scheduled seminars and own work.

Co-up lab events

The majority of work and the important integration with users and testing of ideas will happen at so called Co-up lab “events”. At the Co-up lab events a physical creative space for co-creation of innovation in remote locations will “occupy" various relevant arenas (e.g. entrance of a hospital) for 2-3 days, bringing the innovation process to the user. Themes for the events will be aligned with phases of the design development process (user focus, prototyping and communication) and the host’s core competence (figure 1). The teacher led part of the incubation programme is running in parallel, preparing and guiding the participants to co-create the co-up lab events together with the local host, to collect data to develop and test their ideas in in the real setting.

Figure 1. Schematic picture of the Co-up lab approach, from recruitment of participants at the first Co-up lab event to the exhibition of tested prototypes at the final event. The picture also illustrate the link between the incubation process and the Co-up lab events, where the incubation process participants co-create the content of the specific event at the same time as data is collected to develop and test ideas.

Study pace, learning activities and assignments

The Co-up lab incubation programme runs over one semester and you are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week on the programme, corresponding to approximately 7.5 credits.

The learning activities will be divided on three levels; 1) basic online learning modules, 2) introductory plenary sessions (series of lectures and seminars) and 3) practical sessions of coaching, peer-to-peer reflection and hands-on work in teams. The educational programme will follow three phases (influenced by design thinking):

  • Ideation
  • Empathy and user interaction
  • Prototyping and testing
  • Communication and implementation strategy

The hands-on work will focus on the practical incubation of ideas through co-development (co-development of co-up labs events and ideas through integration with “users”). As a driver for learning, a bi-weekly challenge will also be handed out, linked to where the students and ideas are in the development journey. A reflective journal as well as photos illustrating the result to the weekly challenge will be captured using social media.

Assessment and certificate

The learning outcomes will be captured and evaluated at the end of the Co-up lab incubation programme. Since this activity is not a credit-giving course, the students will not be graded. But evaluation is not least important, as this will form the basis for decision of future action and possible further development. Sources for this evaluation will be all material gathered throughout the programme such as value propositions, prototypes, pitches, visuals etc.

Assessment criteria are set up to support the learning process:

  • Successful completion and active participation
  • Conscientisation in entrepreneurship, according to reflexivity grid

Co-up lab is a project funded by EIT Health, an EU-financed programme involving top European universities, leading caregivers and companies. Together with Karolinska Institutet and EIT Health the project involves a wide range of partners such as Tekniska Muséet, The Region Stockholm Innovation Hub at SÖS, MSD, GE health care and Barcelona Medical University. As part of an educational offer sponsored by EIT Health, on completion of the Co-up lab incubation programme the students receive a certificate of participation.

Formal learning objectives and outcomes

On completion of the Co-up lab, the students of the incubation programme will be able to;

Knowledge and understanding

  • User-focus and health innovation
  • Product and service development within healthcare and life science
  • Healthcare market, stakeholders and complexity of the healthcare system
  • Basics related to regulatory, IP and and IPR

Competence and skills

  • Design thinking and specific user-centred tools (eg empathy maps, customer-journeys, storytelling and communication)
  • Develop and test prototypes (MVPs), analyse feedback from users and other stakeholders
  • Basic business tools, e.g. SWOT, NABC and BMC

Judgment and approach

  • Critical understanding of entrepreneurship
  • Identify how and when to apply methods taught
  • Reflect on entrepreneurial opportunities and see these as relevant for one’s future career

Get in touch

You apply either by signing up while visiting the Co-up lab event at may the 9th or by emailing Anna.Birgersdotter. See Application at the bottom of this page.

More information will also be posted.

Doctoral education 

We have one PhD course and School of  health innovation together with the University of Oslo.

School of health innovation

The aim of this course is to equip the healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create new companies with their research ideas, or bring their research ideas and talent into existing companies. 

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Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research 4,5 credits

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research is a course divided into three modules. The first module begins with an introduction to entrepreneurship, what it is and how it can be used in the doctoral education. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical tools to identify intellectual assets within daily work to use in a minor innovation projects based on their own research. The second module begins with an introduction to prototyping using the design thinking approach. The doctoral students are then given a number of business tools to develop a business opportunity, stemming from their research, into a business model. The last module begins with an introduction to product road map followed by a comprehensive business plan. The doctoral students are then given a number of practical business tools to write and test a complete business plan of the developed idea.

Course syllabus


Applications for undergraduate students 

As an undergraduate student you apply for elective courses through your study program. "From idea to service business" and "From Science to Business" are single subject courses and you apply at

NB. Important information regarding applicants from the EU/EEA area can also contact KI:s Admissions Office for further information on how to apply.

Requirements, fees, selection, FAQ

Applications for doctoral students and postdocs 

As a doctoral student you apply for courses online using the course catalogue for doctoral studies. If the course catalogue is closed for application, please contact Liisa Olsson to know if there are any vacancies.

Application process Co-up lab incubation programme

Students, undergraduate students and doctoral student are welcome to apply to the Co-up lab incubation programme. The Co-up lab events will also be open to researchers, healthcare professionals and general public. Since the focus for the incubation programme is development of ideas, testing of prototypes and packaging of concept, the selection of participants is crucial.

Student requirements

Selection criteria are set up to enroll students who are interested, have ideas, interdisciplinary and international backgrounds:

  1. Well formulated interest and ambition
  2. Well formulated idea and/or challenge area
  3. Documented experience from previous education (e.g. Innovation days or Summer schools)
  4. Educational background
  5. Country
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