EIT Health StarShip programme: new opportunities for students and graduates in health sector

The EIT Health StarShip Programme will provide a unique opportunity for participants to engage in innovation in the health sector, learn about the requirements of the health industry and collaborate with innovative companies

For the third consecutive year, the programme of the European Innovation and Technology Institute (EIT) is aimed at students and graduates of the health sector and is open for submissions until January 31 2020. The StarShip programme is an educational initiative of EIT Health in co-operation with leading European industrial partners in the health sector, led by the University of Coimbra, the IESE Business School, the RISE (Swedish Research Institute), the Instituto Pedro Nunes and 7 partner companies.

Using a combination of different educational approaches, StarShip is a unique opportunity for participants to engage in innovation in the health sector, to gain access to a global industrial and research environment and collaborate with innovative companies within interdisciplinary working groups actively contributing to solving real industrial challenges.

In these multidisciplinary teams, candidates will develop solutions to challenges, which will be verified in real health care settings, under the guidance of StarShip’s academic team. StarShip's outcome will be a crucial contribution to relevant market opportunities in collaboration with the industrial partners.

For more information, contact the National Documentation Centre (EKT) the EIT-Health Hub in Greece or visit https://www.starship.eithealth.eu/.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), with funding of 2.35 billion euro from Horizon 2020, is the leading European initiative in the ‘Knowledge Triangle’ (education, research, entrepreneurship) through ‘Knowledge Innovation Clusters’- KICs). EIT actions include: training of researchers in entrepreneurship (postgraduate, doctoral studies and business training programmes), development of innovative products, services and business models, creation and enterprise development (start-up incubation, technology transfer, links between research and production, awards, accelerators).

About EIT Health

EIT Health is a non-profit organisation and one of Europe's largest public-private partnerships for innovation in the health sector. With more than 150 partners, EIT Health is a unique European network of leading companies, universities, research and development centres, institutes and health units. With a budget of 2 billion euro, EIT Health is upgrading the skills of health professionals across Europe by investing in the best talents and facilitating the production of innovative medical products in the EU. It is one of the largest health initiatives funded and supported by the European Commission and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The National Documentation Centre (EKT) is the EIT Health Hub in Greece. In 2019 EKT supported more than 20 startups in their participation in the EIT Health competitions. More than 60 students in the Health sector were informed about the EIT Health programmes and 12 of them were selected to participate in summer schools and educational programmes.

www.ekt.gr, with information from EIT Health, EKT