Health Innovators

Health innovators is for students with ideas to create better health. The program gives you the tools to make your idea for happen.

Your idea can be in public health, digital health, biotech, pharma, healthcare training & education, communication or something completely different in healthcare. The program support ideas in every aspect of health and students and entrepreneurs from all areas of study can apply.

You get unique access to experts in health care. You gain insights on how to developed your solutions in health. You build a strong network to students and entrepreneurs across disciplines who all aim to make a difference for better health and become part of a community. The program supports you in making your idea reality either as a startup or in collaboration with partners the healthcare ecosystem.

Health Innovators run in a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Københavns Professionshøjskole, DTU, The Royal Danish Academy and The Capital Region.

The Health Innovators programme is open for students from all Danish universities, but applicants from the Health Innovators partner organisations will be prioritized in the application process. Deadline for the application is February 15th 2024 (23:59).

We learned valuable skills to help propel our start-up from just 3 students with an idea to now a team of 7 working on the startup. We learned to pitch our company, tell our story, and work as a team! Most importantly, I think, by being part of Health Innovators you get access to business development to connect you with the right people at the right time

Mikkel, former participant and co-founder of Alcolase

The program

Health Innovators begins with a boot camp to kick-start the development of your idea. You meet the other teams, learn about the entrepreneurial journey, and formulate your goals for the program.

During the program, you take part in a series of mandatory workshops and status meetings to take you through the steps needed to translate ideas into action in the health sector. The workshops give you insights on patient and stakeholder engagement, co-creation and need driven innovation in health. You learn how to navigate in the sector as a market and include regulatory issues regarding healthcare innovations in your development. You get in contact with our many experts from the startup ecosystem, hospitals, clinics, and much more.

Deadline: February 15th 2024 (applicants are invited to a short interview after the deadline) 
Programme runs March-June 2024 with these workshops & 1-1 business development. Dates will be updated December 15. 

Feb. 27thBootcamp (12:30 – 17:30)

Mar 12thPatient & human-centered development, design thinking and prototyping (15:30-18)

Mar. 19thFeedback from the health care sector (15-18)

Mar. 22th – [Optional]: Visiting, The House of Practice and Innovation (15–17)

Apr. 9thExplore the potentials in the future health care sector (15-18)

Apr. 16thBusiness Development in the health care sector (15-18)

Apr. 23rd[optional]: Prototyping at DTU Skylab<span data-ccp-props="{" 335559739="" :0=""> (15-18)

Apr. 30thPitch & Storytelling for creating impact in health (15-18)

May 14thFinal event & Celebration (15-19)

Your team take part in 1-1 status meetings throughout the program. The meetings are personalized to your current challenges and focus on business development, team & project management, access to stakeholders in healthcare, feedback on fundraising and other themes relevant for your idea.

How to apply?

  • At least one member of your team must be an active student or associated with the partner institutions.
  • Teams with active students from the University of Copenhagen, DTU, KP, or The Royal Academy have priority. Applicants from other institutions may also apply.
  • You can participate alone or with a team, but we recommend teams.
  • If you have just come up with your idea, we recommend you to join our LEAD IN program before applying for Health Innovators. LEAD IN is our introduction course to entrepreneurship. Health Innovators is the next step to engage even further with experts in the health care sector. 
  • Applicants are assessed with the evaluation criteria.

The program gave us the opportunity to merge our studies with the health business area. We learned how to shape and communicate our health start-up sharply and comprehensively with pitch training, business development and a lot of personalized mentoring”

Isabella and Selma, former participants and founders of Status Works

Copenhagen Health Innovation

Health Innovators is a specialized program for students and entrepreneurs developing new solutions for the health care sector.

It is a joint program in Copenhagen Health Innovation – a partnership with University of Copenhagen The Pipeline & KU Lighthouse, DTU Skylab, University College Copenhagen, the Royal Academy and the Capital Region.