Explore Program

Participate in the Explore Program and experience all the challenging aspects of starting a company! Learn how to launch your own venture by joining interactive lectures, taking part in workshops and listening to real-life stories of startup founders.

  Upcoming program – Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences

The course provides an overview of the essential elements of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as a practical guidance for starting an innovative company in the field of Health and Life Sciences. Using an interactive approach, the course offers tools and an opportunity to develop and pitch a business case aiming to raise your interest in becoming a (life science) entrepreneur yourself.

The course runs once a year and consists of two one-day sessions (09.30 – 17.00 hrs), with an interval of 6 weeks between the first and second day.

Scheduled dates:
Wednesday May 17, 2017 and Friday June 30, 2017

On the first day, the participants will get a general introduction to entrepreneurship. They will learn about the processes involved in the recognition and exploitation of opportunities and about creating economic and social value with their company.
After that, the participants will share their initial business ideas and will be invited to form teams to work on these business cases. In the period between the two days of the course an afternoon will be planned to discuss the cases together with business coaches. Day 1 will end with an interactive workshop on designing a business model for your innovation using the tool Business Model Canvas.

The second day will start with a lecture on how to attract capital and fund a life science startup. It will be followed by a talk on the intellectual property aspects in the Health and Life Sciences businesses. After lunch a pitch training will be held during which the participants will learn tips and tricks of a successful pitch and practice their pitching skills.
In the afternoon all participants will work on their business cases and the 3-minute pitches will be prepared. Business coaches will support the preparation process. The day ends with a “Dragon’s Den”-like pitch competition in front of a jury panel.

On both days participants will meet entrepreneurs who will talk about the ups and downs of their business journey in the field of Health and Life Sciences.

Day 1
Lecture: Guest company (1), the transition from academia to entrepreneurship
Workshop: Entrepreneurship in health and life sciences
Workshop: Business model canvas – theory and practice
Lecture: Guest company (2), an interactive business case
Teaming up for the assignment

Day 2
Lecture: Guest company (3), an interactive business case
Lecture: Funding your life science startup
Lecture: Commercializing emerging life science technologies
Workshop: Pitch training
Workshop: Improving the business cases (coaching sessions)
Pitch competition

Participants are encouraged to come up with a business idea before the course starts. Possible idea sources: your own research (product, service, process, etc.), a need/gap spotted on the market, etc.

During the pitch competition on Day 2 the jury panel will select the winner (a team or an individual) who will receive a EUR 500 prize for the best pitch.

Target audience:
AMC PhD candidates.

The course is given in English.

To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and workshops on, both course days. Attendance is registered.

Study load:
42 hours, which is comparable to 1.5 ECTS points.

Number of participants:
Maximum 30 per course.

Application and costs:
No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. Employees of the AMC, AMC Medical Research BV or VUmv can participate provided slots are available. See the application form. 

Course coordinator:
Yulia Bodnar / ACE Venture Lab / yulia@ace-vlab.eu / tel. +31 (0)617835493

More information:
From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / graduateschool@amc.uva.nl / room J1A-112 / tel. +31 (0)20 566 4618

Next program –

Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences

May 17th and June 30th