• European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention

    September 11th to September 22nd 2017
    EIT Health Summer School
    Marsilius-Academy 2017

What is euVENTION about?

euVENTION’s overall goal is to provide graduates, PhD students and young professional the opportunity to improve prevention and treatment options for middle-aged people, who are at risk or suffer from chronic diseases. euVENTION guides you through the whole process of product or service development: from the theoretical challenges to business development and creating the prototype. With challenges stemming direct from health care practice and the work floor, our experts will ensure you will create a viable and desired product or service.
euVENTION generates actionable results, while challenging participants to use state of the art innovation methods for future healthcare related endeavours.

Whom is it designed for?

euVENTION is made for all open-minded people, who want to change something (in the health sector)!
No matter what your background is, everyone can contribute their expertise and all disciplines are welcomed. Ranging from medicine and life science to social sciences and humanities, from IT to business, from science to communication and design.
The summer school is designed for PhD students. But all dedicated master students, young professionals, or motivated individuals are welcome to apply.

euVENTION has English as working language. You need to have skills at least at level B2.

Why should I participate?

euVENTION is a two-week program, which uniquely covers all the necessary steps and tools to create your own startup.
You learn to develop meaningful solutions, using Design Thinking, by creating prototypes and developing state-of-the-art business models while receiving feedback from diverse stakeholders, e.g. patients, companies and insurers. You will apply these methods directly to a real-life challenge. In every step, you are supported by experienced mentors and experts. euVENTION gives you the unique opportunity to experience the full cycle of innovation while having expert support and exceptional, tested, means of innovation at your disposal.
These knowledge and skills are indispensable for any kind of career.


euVENTION is a Summer School of


internationally selected


real world


mentors, coaches &




Helping you develop solutions for problems in the prevention, early detection and management of chronic diseases – this is the aim of euVENTION.
The scope of euVENTION is broad. All varieties of preventing and dealing with chronic diseases are addressed, reaching from biomarkers to social services, from genetic tests to apps.
Challenges can be submitted till June 1st. The selected challenges will be presented here by mid of June.


Is your organisation facing challenges to prevent or deal with persons with chronic diseases and would you like a team to develop a solution?


Are you suffering from a chronic disease and do you encounter specific challenges? Please submit your challenge.


Do you have a challenge and would you like to work on this? or would you like to become a team member in one of the challenges? Become a participant!


The syllabus of the Summer School euVENTION.


The challenges are presented and you choose yours. You get to know your team.

The Challenge

Design Thinking is introduced. Your team will follow this method to understand the intrincacies of your challenge.

Talk to experts

To find solutions that matter, you need to understand why and for whom you make it. Stakeholders will visit our site and give you insights.


To further refine or pivot your solution, you will test it together with mentors and coaches.

Deep Dive

Build a 3D-printer, program a micro-controller or get additional leadership and management skills.


Prepare a high-fidelity prototype, which has fundamental characteristics of your solution.

Enjoy Heidelberg

Test your prototype

Your team will create a first business model for your solution and test your prototype.

Business model

Evaluate and improve your business model with mentors and coaches.

Finance model

Determine a market, a price and a budget for your product or service.

Preparation of Pitch

Develop your final pitch. A pitch doctor will give you feedback.


A prestigious jury joins us and you and your team present the results of the two weeks.

euVENTION is organized by


Mentors & Experts

We are recruiting additional mentors and experts from academia, industry and persons concerned with our challenges. Stay tuned, we add to this section within a short time.
If you know experts for the challenges proposed, please get in touch with us.

Ciaran Behan

Ciaran Behan

Course Resource UG

Ciaran Behan has a broad technology development and innovation background and continuously seeks ways to apply his energy, experience and agile approach to new and exciting challenges. Whether, mentoring individual life science professionals or developing novel training approaches for life science organisations, Ciaran leverages the many aspects of his broad technology and management background and experiences.

Ciaran has a degree in Controls and Robotics from the University of Hull, along with almost twenty five years of technology devleopment experience. His early career developed rapidly inside some of the largest multinational software corporations (Lotus (IBM), Microsoft and Oracle - where he became Director of Internationalisation for the CRM division). Later he reignited his passion for robotics, through life science technology development at his successful biotech startup, Biobotica LLC and later at EMBL Heidelberg. Most recently Ciaran has moved into a mentoring, coaching and consulting role at his Course Resource startup as well as being heavily involved in the Heidelberg Makerspace movement.

Frank Rust

Frank Rust

SommerRust GmbH

As an Innovation Consultant, Frank always aims for the sweet spot at which viability, technological possibilities and customer needs meet. He is the co-founder of SOMMERRUST, a new consultancy that focuses on business model innovation and transformation for established companies.

Together with his co-founder, Frank has developed a user-centric methodology that uses both classic strategic management and Start-Up tools as well as Design Thinking in order to create innovations that deliver real value to the customer. Previously, Frank worked several years as a Design Thinking Coach and Solution Architect for SAP.

Advisory board

Annelies Boonen

Annelies Boonen

Maastricht Universiteit

Annelies Boonens ambition is to contribute to healthcare that has (evidence based, personalised and sustainable) attention for social role participation of patients with rheumatic diseases. Enhance equal access of patients with rheumatological disease to healthcare in Europe. Enlarge research networks on economic determinants and consequences of rheumatologic diseases in Europe and stimulate young researchers to join in this ambition. Performing and teaching research according to principles of integrity.

Joachim Szecsenyi

Joachim Szecsenyi

Heidelberg University Hospital

Joachim Szecsenyi has a degree in medicine and social sciences. He has a track record of more than 25 years in Primary Care and Health Services Research. Currently he is medical director and leader of a department at Heidelberg University Hospital. He is also founder and CEO of the AQUA Institute for Applied Quality Improvement and Research in Health Care.

Katrin Redmann

Katrin Redmann


After activities in marketing and sales in different sectors, Katrin Redmann changed to SAP 18 years ago. She worked as chief of marketing banks and insurances, Senior Alliance Managerin, Solution Expert, Design Strategist in the AppHaus in Heidelberg, before she became country manager DACH of University Alliances, innovation lead, Design Thinking coach and Business Modell Innovation coach responsible for innovation, entrepreneurship and design, as well as strategic digital transformation projects with customers, students, startups and universities.

Michel Wensing

Michel Wensing

Heidelberg University Hospital

Michel Wensing is professor of health services research and implementation science in healthcare at Heidelberg University since 2015. He is also head of the newly established 2-year M.Sc. program of Health Services Research and Implementation Science and adjunct-head of the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research in Heidelberg University Hospital. Previously, he was full professor at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands), where he still holds an honorary appointment. He has been trained as sociologist, medical care researcher, health economist, and medical care researcher. His research has focused on general practice primary and care, performance of health professionals, organisation of healthcare practice, patient behaviours and experiences, and concepts and methods of implementation science.

Silvia Evers

Silvia Evers

Maastricht Universiteit

Silvia Evers ambition is, that her research line should be incubator for high-quality multidisciplinary research and teaching focusing on innovations in (public) health, in the field of health economics, policy and management both nationally, as well as internationally. It should be a stimulating environment for all researchers to exchange ideas, to adapt new methods and concepts and to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Organising Team

Jolanda Lindenberg

Jolanda Lindenberg

Leyden Academy

Jolanda Lindenberg is a scientific staff member at Leyden Academy and is researching social networks, group and personal identity within the nursing home setting and in neighbourhood projects. Her contribution to the research programme focuses on social science issues and research methodology in the study of ageing and vitality.

In addition, Jolanda assists various research projects, including elder abuse, the quality of life of the elderly, the perception of the elderly and the measuring instrument ‘Life and Vitality Assessment’. Jolanda is a social-cultural anthropologist and received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany.

Raoul Haschke

Raoul Haschke

Heidelberg University

Raoul Haschke has a doctorate in astrophysics. He received all his degrees from Heidelberg University and understands from first-hand experience how educational and research outfits function. After receiving his doctorate, he decided to pursue his interest in the links between science and the economy and to work as a startup manager. Since then, Heidelberg Startup Partners has been benefiting from his organizational talent and his enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

Raoul Haschke works not only for the startup management of Heidelberg University but also for the Startup Office of Heidelberg Startup Partners. In addition, he is responsible for coordination at Heidelberg Startup Partners. He advises entrepreneurs who are applying for funding and helps establish contact with partners of Heidelberg Startup Partners.

Thomas Prexl

Thomas Prexl

Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.

Thomas Prexl is the businessman in the office of Heidelberg Startup Partners. After studying at Mannheim University, he worked initially for several years at a marketing joint venture in the electronics industry, where he held various positions. At the same time, Thomas Prexl was active as an entrepreneur. Whether as freelancer during the dotcom bubble, as self-employed on a research project or as managing partner of a limited liability company (GmbH), he has never shied away from any form of entrepreneurship.

Thomas Prexl works for the Heidelberg Technology Park and is responsible for the management of the Startup Office of Heidelberg Startup Partners. In particular, he advises entrepreneurs on the development of a business plan as well as in the areas of marketing, organization and corporate management.

Preparing the Summer School: Healthy Ageing in six steps

  • You have to participate in the MOOC “Healthy Ageing in 6 steps” to prepare you for the euVENTION Summer School.

  • We will inform you well ahead of time when the MOOC starts.


For travel and accommodation costs you can apply for scholarships.
The final amount will be determined after the selection process has finished.

For participants from

  • Germany

  • up to 250€

  • Europe

  • up to 500€

  • Non-Europe

  • up to 750€


Accommodation (as in hotel or hostel rooms) is not included.

Here you find special offers for hotels and hostels in Heidelberg.


Who is the target group?

We are looking for persons with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds interested in participating. We aim to have multidisciplinary teams as we believe these will be the most powerful to come to solutions.
It is beneficial if you have a finished master degree. euVENTION is also open to young professionals, who have already left academia. If you are still doing your masters in the field of euVENTION, please send us your application with your motivation.

If you aren’t sure if euVENTION is for you, don’t hesitate to send us a message.

Which language will be spoken?

The euVENTION Summer School is an international event. All communication will be in English. Participants are expected to be proficient in English. It is not necessary to know any German. If needed, we will be happy to support you with your travel arrangements,.

Which kind of food will be available?

The summer school includes free breakfast and lunch. We will always provide a vegetarian option. We cannot guarantee the accommodation of other dietary needs.

Who will own the IP?

Should the teams create new IP during the weekend, the IP belongs to the team as a whole.

Can I propose my own challenge/business idea?

Although we have collected some real world challenges from our partners in industry and academia, we invite you to bring your own challenge. Please propose it together with your application. A prestigous jury will decide on the challenges choosen.

How to get to the venue?

The event will be held at the Marsilius Arkaden North Tower located at “Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1” at the university campus in Heidelberg.

The nearest airports are Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart. From Heidelberg train station, take bus no. 32 for 10 minutes to “Uni-Campus, Heidelberg-Neuenheim” or the tram to “Jahnstrasse, Heidelberg-Neuenheim” for 5 minutes. Time tables are available here.

Parking is available outside the building. You need to take a ticket from the machine once you enter the campus.

We are happy to help you with your travel arrangements and hotel reservation, please let us know.

Can I lead a team?

Definitely. If you feel qualified to lead a team, please let us know in your application.

Why did you collect real world challenges?

We believe that our teams will be able to develop solutions in less than two weeks. The challenge owner (i.e. our business partners from industry and academia) might be interested to be your first costumer right after the event, or buy your solution or the team as a whole.

Please contact us


About us

euVENTION is an EIT Health Summer School at the Marsilius Academy 2017.
It is organized by Heidelberg UniversityHeidelberg University HospitalHeidelberg Startup Partners e.V.Leyden Academy on Vitality and AgeingMaastricht University and SAP SE. Together these partners provide the essential expertise; on chronic disease; on IT development; on product development. The EIT Health leverages the expertise of over a 130 leading organisations in healthcare to sustainably advance the foundations of healthcare and thus promote the future conditions for healthier living and wellbeing of people across Europe.

Responsible for this Website (Verantwortlich für diese Website):

Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.
Im Neuenheimer Feld 582
69120 Heidelberg

Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V. is represented by Chairman Dr. André H.R. Domin and Deputy Chairman Dr. Sigurd Weinreich.

Der Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V. wird vertreten durch den ersten Vorsitzenden Dr. André H.R. Domin und den zweiten Vorsitzenden Dr. Sigurd Weinreich.


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Contact for this Website (Ansprechpartner für die Inhalte dieser Website):

Dr. Thomas Prexl, Dr. Raoul Haschke.

Phone: +49 6221 71411 160
E-Mail: info@heidelberg-startup-partners.de

Legal Registration (Vereinsregister):

Amtsgericht Mannheim
VR 700836

Tax Registration (Steuernummer):

Finanzamt Heidelberg

This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This body of the European Union receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.