Interested in Health and Life Sciences? Have an idea that could potentially change the world? Health Bootcamp is a dive into lean entrepreneurial tools, thinking and action, hands-on, full-on. For students, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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[wyde_info_box title=”FOR WHOM” icon_set=”typicons” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-group-outline” icon_position=”left” animation=”fadeInRight”]Health Bootcamp is for eager and curious teams of students, researchers and entrepreneurs, who want to put their ideas into action. You can be from any background as long as you have an interest in health and life science. Your team can be any size between two and six people. Whether your idea still needs a lot of polishing or  is almost ready for business, apply to be part of Bootcamp! [/wyde_info_box]
[wyde_info_box title=”WHY” icon_set=”typicons” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-thumbs-ok” icon_position=”left” animation=”fadeInLeft”]Work and academic careers are under tremendous change. The importance of new ideas and the activity of young professionals is now more important than ever before. We at Helsinki Think Company want to help the future entrepreneurs to stand the test of time.[/wyde_info_box]
[wyde_info_box title=”AIM” icon_set=”typicons” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-tick-outline” icon_position=”left” animation=”fadeInRight”]During Health Bootcamp, your team takes concrete steps towards piloting and establishing a company. You will network with leading professionals in the field and enhance your skills in business development, problem-solving and team work. [/wyde_info_box]
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Application for Health Bootcamp is open 27.1-22.2.2017. Chosen teams are interviewed on 24.2.2017, at 15-18:00 (save the date!) and selected on 27.2. The intense program runs 4.-31.3.2017, including a Bootcamp trip to Berlin (16.-19.3.2017).


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BOOTCAMP PART 1, 4.-14.3.2017

Crystallizing concept, 4.3.2017 @ 10-18
Helsinki Think Company

Finding early adopters, 7.3.2017 @ 16-20
Oki Tåg, Spinno

Marketing & Sales, 9.3.2017 @ 16-20
Petri Parvinen, Professor of Strategic Marketing and Management, University of Helsinki
Pitch training by Helsinki Think Company

Economics of entrepreneurship, 14.3.2017 @ 16-20
Tekes, NewCo Helsinki, Finnish Business Angels Network and Tilitoimisto EMU, our official partner for Health Bootcamp

Bootcamp trip to Berlin, 16.-19.3.2017

SPARK–Berlin | Part of Berlin Health Innovations, the joint Technology transfer office of BIH and Charité

SPARK–Berlin is a Mentoring Program founded in 2015 by Prof. Craig C. Garner and Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl at the Charité University Hospital of Berlin. It is designed to de-risk academic projects with high potential impact, addressing critical unmet medical needs and to accelerate the translation of university-based inventions into clinically relevant drugs, diagnostics and devices. SPARK-Berlin is modeled after the highly successful program developed at Stanford that achieved a translational success rate of >50%, through EDUCATION, MENTORING & FUNDING.
SPARK is a global program currently established at 24 universities in 8 countries.

BOOTCAMP PART 2, 23.3-31.3.2017

Pitching to the Giants, 23.3.2017 @ 16-20

Mentor meet + Next steps -plan, 27.3.2017 @ 16-20

Showcase and wrap up party, 31.3.2017

Post-Bootcamp cool-down: Health & Entrepreneurship Dinner with Vertical and HealthSPA, 12.4.2017

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We have the pleasure to have a core team of experts from various fields to mentor our Bootcamp teams throughout the program.

Kenneth Salonius is a co-founder and Head of Operations and Partnerships at Vertical accelerator, the first health startup accelerator in the Nordics. He previously co-founded HealthSPA, the largest health & wellness ecosystem in Finland, through which he has helped over 300 health startups grow. Kenneth has a passion for exploring the unknown and building new and is inventor of several granted patents. He is actively involved in shaping the digitalization of healthcare.

Dr. Merja Hiltunen works as Chief Adviser with Finnish and international startups at Tekes. The core focus of her present work and effort at Tekes is in future healthcare, services and wellbeing innovations. Bringing on high quality innovation projects for this special startup sector in Finland is part of her working agenda. Merja Hiltunen has worked as Director (Head of Unit) for many years in both bio- and health technologies and foresight, strategy work and international networks and in Brussels as Counselor for Innovation. She joined the Tekes team in 2003.

Peter Hänninen is a lawyer who advises clients on technology-, intellectual property-, data protection-, and general corporate law related questions, with a special interest in the life science sector, as well as ambitious technology companies in general. He frequently represents both investors and growth companies and has particular experience with spinouts from academia. Peter also serves as a member or secretary to the board of directors of several smaller technology companies and is a frequent lecturer on matters related to intellectual property, data protection, as well as corporate- and contract law.

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Auri Evokari
+358 50 5553606

Taneli Elomaa
+358 50 5632564
Applications and schedules

+358 29 414 0883
Biomedicum 1, Haartmaninkatu 8, Meilahti Campus

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  • Application period ends 22.2.2017. 
  • Chosen teams are interviewed on 24.2. and selected teams are informed on 27.2. Health Bootcamp starts on 4.3. and ends with a Showcase on 31.3, with a cool-down event on 12.4. 
  • The program is open for all students, researchers and budding entrepreneurs with cross-disciplinary backgrounds 
  • In order to apply, you need to have at least a two-member team and a tentative business idea
  • Selection criteria are: the motivation and commitment of a team, the potential of the business idea and the ability to commit to the workshop schedule 
  • As a participant you commit to attend the workshops on 4.3., 7.3., 9.3., 23.3., 27.3., as well as the trip to Berlin 16.-19.3., the showcase on 31.3. and the dinner on 12.4. Due to the costs of the trip, we expect all selected teams to pay a 50 € commitment fee in order to guarantee a place in the program.
  • The language of the program is English, unless the entire group is Finnish-speaking. 
  • Other than the commitment fee, the program is free for all participants. Possible student credits can be negotiated with your faculty. 
  • The ideas born and developed throughout the program are entirely owned by the teams themselves. 
  • Helsinki Think Company reserves the right to showcase teams and projects at their events. Photographs and video material might be taken during the program and Think Company reserves the right to publish them in its channels. 


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