A patient-centred, challenge-driven and solution-oriented ELab

Healthcare innovations that target specific needs can be expected to be more effective. StartUB! sees students tackle real healthcare challenges in a solution-oriented programme.


StartUB! aims to encourage an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset among students through a challenge-driven education programme. University students from Spain, Ireland and Luxembourg work with entrepreneurs to find solutions for patient-centred challenges set by a hospital and a pharmaceutical company. The course features remote and in-person training.

Phase 1: Online training

This programme will present a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “The Entrepreneur’s Guide for beginners”, which is designed as a starting point for all those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in the world of entrepreneurship. Students in this course will be able to identify a business opportunity, develop the business model (and the steps to validate it) and know the main mechanisms to start a business. Created through a collaboration of all Catalan public universities and EIT Health, the course is in English with subtitles in Catalan and Spanish. Find out  more about the online course and register here.

Phase 2: The challenges

The second part of the programme is planned to be run in parallel, at the University of Barcelona and National University of Ireland, and will make participants work on specific patient-centred challenges. Those who produce the best solutions will be invited to join in a “winter academy”, a training programme in which participants are to be immersed in the innovative ecosystems of Barcelona and Galway. This second phase is planned for November, and thus far plans still call for it to be held onsite in Spain and Ireland. Check back on this page for registration details.

Sergio Villanueva Baselga
| Activity Lead | University of Barcelona