Education at UBE
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.
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.
- Business Model Innovation
- Execution - Running Your Own Company
- Growth - Managing Your Firm
- Ideation - Creating a Business Idea
Offers the opportunity to explore venture creation in specific areas.
- Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
- From Idea to Service Business
- From Science to Business
- Social Entrepreneurship
Practical techniques covering a variety of skill sets.
Co-up lab incubation programme
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
Content and structure
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):
- 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.
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.
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.
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 antagning.se.
NB. Important information regarding antagning.se: applicants from the EU/EEA area can also contact KI:s Admissions Office for further information on how to apply.
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.
Selection criteria are set up to enroll students who are interested, have ideas, interdisciplinary and international backgrounds:
- Well formulated interest and ambition
- Well formulated idea and/or challenge area
- Documented experience from previous education (e.g. Innovation days or Summer schools)
- Educational background