Course 2: Entrepreneurship in healthcare

Learn how to develop a research idea into a new company from experienced entrepreneurs, life science executives and academics.

Three people leaning on a banister
Starting a company together after meeting at School of Health innovation. Photo: Øystein Horgmo/UiO

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 plan.

"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 the 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. Accommodation is booked by HIS, but you are expected to pay yourself upon check out after each module. You should seek reimbursement from your department/lab for these costs. 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, email:  

HIS covers lunch and dinner. Dinner includes up to two 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 commitee.
  • Phd-program in life science, phd graduate life science, post-doc program in life science or clinician.

Time, place and programme

Time period: 3rd of September - 6th of December 2019.

The program will start with a physical kick off meeting in Oslo and finish with a wrap up session in Stockholm.


3rd-4th September in Oslo in collaboration with BI

Venue: Clarion Hotel The Hub

Programme for the assembly


24th-25th of October in Oslo in collaboration with BI 

Venue: Hotel Bristol

  • Day 1 - Strategy and business modelling
  • Day 2 - Customer development and scaling 

Programme for the assembly (pdf)

Programme starts day 1 at 10:30, ends at 18:00

Programme day 2 from 8:00 until 15:00


6th December in Stockholm (exam)

Pitching your business idea - investor presentation

Venue: LIME Building, 4th Floor, Room 04231 INSIKTEN (THE INSIGHT), Tomtebodavägen 18A, 171 65 Solna

Programme for the assembly (pdf)


Applicants should calculate using between six and eight days in total on course 2, including the gatherings in Oslo and Stockholm (the "kick off" and "wrap up").


Application deadline: June 26th.

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.

Do you have any questions? Please contact Bjarte Reve:

Read about School of Health innovation in DN (Norwegian):
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Published May 31, 2017 1:53 PM - Last modified Nov. 13, 2019 10:10 AM