The Patient Innovation Bootcamp supports patients and informal caregivers in developing innovative solutions that they create to address the healthcare challenges that they are facing.


The Patient Innovation (PI) Bootcamp helps teams of patients and informal caregivers to implement and scale up their device, diagnostic and digital health innovations. Project teams go through three weeks of on-site training in Lisbon, Barcelona and Copenhagen, supplemented with e-learning materials. Participants move from solutions and prototypes to market, through mentoring with experts in the three cities involved.

Is it for me?

The PI Bootcamp accepts teams that include at least one patient and/or informal caregiver who have developed an innovative solution to deal with a personal health condition. Innovations can include diagnostics, wearable devices, telehealth, telemedicine, big data, apps, electronic health records, health information technology, personalised medicine, etc.

The PI Bootcamp supports innovations that are at a minimum development stage and have a proof of concept or proof of feasibility. If applicant teams are already incorporated into start-ups, the start-ups must:

  • be looking for an application in healthcare for their technology;
  • and/or be researching/validating their business model.

The journey

The eight-month blended-learning training programme will include three-week on-site sessions in Lisbon, Barcelona and Copenhagen.

Phase I – Virtual Kick-Off Meeting: A one-day virtual meeting to launch the programme, introduce participants and provide a presentation of webinars held every three weeks and learning objectives.

Phase II – Medical and Technological Validation (Lisbon): Teams validate their problem-solution and solution-market fit, specifically for the healthtech market. They will learn about medical, regulatory and technological aspects with the support of Patient Innovation, NOVA Medical School, NOVA School of Business and Economics, Glintt and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Coaches will support teams during this week.

Phase III – Business Model Validation (Barcelona): With the support of IESE and Biocat, teams will develop their business model and investigate the market potential of their product.

Phase IV – Market Validation and Copenhagen Close Out: With the support of Copenhagen Business School, University of Copenhagen, Smile Incubator (Lund) and Walk to Path experts, the teams will pitch their innovation in an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Important dates

  • Application period: 16 December 2019-mid-June 2020
  • Virtual kickoff: 2 July 2020
  • Week in Lisbon: 31 August-4 September 2020
  • Week in Barcelona (moved online): 14-18 September 2020
  • Final week in Copenhagen: 26-30 October 2020 in Copenhagen (followed by EIT Health Bootcamp tour in November)

The application process

Applications are closed for 2020. PI Bootcamp teams consist of three members, an Entrepreneurial Lead who is a patient or informal caregiver, a Clinical Lead and a Technical Lead.

External Partners

Patient Innovation

Smile Incubator

Pedro Oliveira
| | Copenhagen Business School
Helena Canhao
| | Nova Medical School