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School of health innovation

School of Health Innovation aims to provide healthcare and life science researchers with tools and insight into how innovation can be put to work for the benefit of patients, the healthcare system and our society.

The School of health innovation provides the two courses “Health innovation and entrepreneurship” and “Entrepreneurship in health care”. The programme is an initiative from the University of Oslo, in partnership with NTNU and Karolinska Institutet and in collaboration with the University of Bergen and the University of Tromsø. The School of Health Innovation is a Scandinavian programme open to PhD candidates and postdoctors from medical faculties at the collaborating institutions. After completing the first course “Health innovation and entrepreneurship”, eligible and qualified applicants may apply for the next level course “Entrepreneurship in healthcare.”

94% of students say the course has been relevant for their future career options. A few quotes from our students:

"We learned a lot about teamwork, developing products, developing ideas and how to protect your ideas. That’s biggest “take home”, how to work outside the scientific mindset", says Joao Pedro Mauricio Rosa from Karolinska Institutet.

"I think the most important thing is activities that challenge you to think differently. Even though you start off with some knowledge, you’ll be forced to use it in new ways and under time pressure." PhD from NTNU.

"Highly valuable course for every scientist! Even for people who plan to stay in academia this course provides a perspective one can otherwise not learn in regular university courses."

Course 2: Entrepreneurship in healthcare

Learn how to develop a research idea into a new company from experienced entrepreneurs, life science executives and academics
As a student at "Entrepreneurship in healthcare" you will experience Scandinavia´s most advanced support systems for healthcare entrepreneurs. Furthermore you will receive training in entrepreneurship and how to build a business from BI - Norwegian Business School. 
The overall aim of this course is that you as a researcher or clinician will learn from experienced life science entrepreneurs or business development executives, how to develop a research idea into business and to develop a business.
"Entrepreneurship in healthcare" is a part of The School of Health Innovation (HIS). HIS is a collaborative initiative from University of Oslo, NTNU, and Karolinska Institutet. The school is developed in collaboration with Nansen Neuroscience Network.

Description of course:

Mentorship in companies in collaboration with BI  (General entrepreneurship)
You can either bring your own project idea that you believe may be commercialized, or you will be given a project idea from the mentor organization.  You will use this project idea as the basis for developing a business plan. 
This track requires 4 days of participation in classes in Oslo and mentorship follow up from your business mentor.  You and your mentor will decide when and where to meet for the mentorship. You will have to set aside approximately 1-2 weeks to develop your business plan during the course. 


The exam will have two parts: 

  • Development of a written business plan for a research idea that may be commercialized. This idea may be generated from your own research, or given to you from your mentor organization or work group. The business plan should be minimum 10 pages. 
  • An investor presentation, that will be held at the final meeting in Stockholm in December.

The course gives 5 ECTS.

Practical issues and expenses:

There is no course fee, and accommodation is booked and covered by HIS for the duration of the course (not the night before or after). Participants who want to stay longer have to book and cover this themselves.
Participants have to book journeys and cover traveling expenses, or apply to own employer or other funder for covering. Participants from KI should discuss logistics for travel with Samer Yammine.
HIS covers lunch and dinner. Dinner includes up to 2 glasses wine/beer/mineral water. Additional beverage must be covered by participants due to Norwegian regulations.

Prerequisite for entry:

Successful participation in School of Health Innovation course 1 or acceptance by admittance committee. Phd programme in life science, phd graduate life science, post-doc programme in life science or clinician.

Time, place and programme:

Time period:
3rd of September - 6th of December 2019
The programme will start with a physical kick-off meeting in Oslo and finish with a wrap-up session in Stockholm.

  • September 3-4 in Oslo in collaboration with BI
    Day 1: From Product Development to Value Creation
    Day 2: Risk and Financing 
  • October 24-25 in Oslo in collaboration with BI 
    Day 1 - Strategy and business modelling
    Day 2 - Customer development and scaling
  • December 6 in Stockholm (exam)
    Pitching your business idea - investor presentation 


Last day to apply is Wednesday 28 June 2019 at 23:59.

By sending this application, you commit to attend all classes and engage in all preparatory activities, and Mentorship sessions during the course.

Applicants for the programme will be notified by email approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Course 1: Health innovation and entrepreneurship

Learn how to commercialize research or ideas into business ventures and how to innovate services in a clinical setting.

The course is organized in three modules with separate dates and venues.

Learn how to turn research results and ideas into business ventures and how to create innovative services in a clinical setting. The course will equip medical, healthcare and life science researchers with tools and knowledge to innovate services for patients, create companies based on their research ideas, or bring their research ideas into existing companies. You will meet with and learn from leaders in academia, hospitals and healthcare companies.

A core part of the course is case-based work where the cases are developed in collaboration between the universities and companies. In addition, the participants will identify and develop potentially commercializable ideas from their own research environment.

The teaching language throughout the course is English. 

Course syllabus

Mentor companies

Some of the mentor companies and incubators supporting the programme:


The course is a Norwegian/Swedish enterprise developed in partnership between:

The University of Oslo (UiO)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm
The healthcare business clusters Nansen Neuroscience Network

It is developed in collaboration with:

The University of Bergen (UiB)
The University of Tromsø (UiT)
Oslo Cancer Cluster and Norway healthtech
UiO:Life Science
The Research Council of Norway
South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority

Other courses in entrepreneurship and innovation

If you do not want to leave Stockholm, a variety of courses in entrepreneurship and innovation are offered by the Unit for bioentrepreneurship at KI.

This spring three new, only one week long, courses in entrepreneurship will be offered. "Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in research" begins with the discovery and identification of intellectual assets in the daily work. Then introduce relevant business tools in order to develop a business idea related to one's own research. Finally, package an already developed business idea for introduction into the start-up world.

Courses at the Unit for bioentrepreneurship