26th June 2019
E-Boat Programme has kicked off. 12 selected start-ups from all over Europe were selected for this unique accelerator programme coordinated by EIT Health Partner in cooperation with EIT Health.
E-Boat is the very first bootcamp programme for start-ups with innovative mobile health solutions that partially takes place during the sea-trip.
The programme is coordinated by Medical University of Łódź, a Core Partner of EIT Health in cooperation with EIT Health. The programme contains of 6 weeks of distance learning and 2 weeks of sailing on the Baltic Sea. Kick-off meeting, that took place on 12-15 June in Łódź, opened the first phase of the programme – a distance learning module with online training on the principles of universal design, lean methodology and customer development tools. 12 teams coming from Germany, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Sweden and Latvia were introduced to the Distance Learning concept. Moreover, start-ups took part in pitching session and in pitching training. The first phase is ongoing from now till the middle of July. Then, in September we are expecting the second part which is Cruise Hackathon Formula on Baltic Sea.
The start-ups will be validating and pitching their concepts in five Baltic Sea destinations. They are as follow: Stockholm (Sweden), Gdańsk (Poland), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) and Tallinn (Estonia). During this cruise participants will learn, develop their products, identify customers, and what is the most interesting and the most important, they will meet potential clients and local investors. All will be conducted under the supervision of IT specialists and universal design mentors.
The EIT Health Partners in this project are the Medical University of Łódź, the RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden and the University of Tartu. Moreover, the external partners in this programme are EIT Health Hubs (Regional Innovation Scheme Programme) as follow: Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Riga Stradins University (Latvia) and Gdansk Medical University (Poland).