• European Summer School for Innovation in Chronic Disease Intervention

    July 21st to August 2nd 2019

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 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 an EIT Health Summer School


international & interdisciplinary


real world


mentors, coaches &



“Empathy drives Innovation”


“euVENTION – where you learn by doing…now.”


“An intense, all inclusive start up crash course, with interesting participants and passionate teachers/ mentors.”


“A great collective of motivated people and real world health challenges.”


Join euVENTION for your next innovation

Become a sponsor for the 2019 event!

The corporate sponsorship package provides the opportunity to:

  • Propose a challenge

    Let the brightest young minds work on your ideas and find innovative solutions with tangible business models

  • Train your employees

    We teach your employee state-of-the-art innovation methods Design Thinking and Business Model Innovation

  • Recruitment

    Get to know the best talents, working on your problems

  • Professional exchange

    Meet and exchange with innovation leaders from other companies, academia and the public sector

  • Visibility

    Get the chance to present your company as a promoter of innovation and entrepreneurship


The euVENTION participants have worked on the following challenges:

Digitized walking aid

Elderly people with impaired mobility often need support by products like walkers. However, the walker has not been evolved further for the last decades. This might result in a severe accident risk.


How might a digitized walking aid support elderly people with impaired mobility and reduce the risk of severe accidents?

Operating room of the 21st century

Patients security is depended on sterile goods in the operating room. The processes to handle the sterile products are analog and therefore very inefficient and error-prone. This poses problems with regulatory requirements as well as a potential electronic health record.


How might we digitize the operating room?

Detection of thyroid gland malfunction

Thyroid disease has many different symptoms, which are often not related to the disease. Therefore thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed or people simply accept the symptoms, because they relate them to becoming older.


How might we increase awareness for thyroid disease?

Emergency call for elderly persons

Elderly people often live alone without direct access to an internet connection. In case of emergency there is no option to call for help. This poses a threat to the elderly people. For relatives and people near to the elderly person, often situations of insecurity arise, if the elderly people is not contactable.


How might a device support elderly people to call help in case of emergency?

Prevention by Perception

People often misjudge their abilities. This applies for physical abilities, as well as the life style. Misperception might lead to a chronical disease. However, treatment is usually only given after diseases have developed, instead of sensitizing for the prevention.


How might we improve self judgement of physical abilities?

Regional Health Management

The environment of humans has changed dramatically in the past centuries. However, the genetics hasn’t had any time to adapt to this new framework. This could be a cause for modern diseases, like diabetes, coronary artery disease, dementia or cancer.


How might help people to use their self-regulating and self-regenerating abilities?


The syllabus of the Summer School euVENTION 2017


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

Foundation and baseline

Create your first business model and iterate it already focusing on your value proposition and key customer segment.

Challenge and change

Use different methods to challenge your business model, get new insights and create a new version.

The financial side

Have a closer look at the revenues and costs of 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


euVENTION is supported by


Lead Coaches

For the three key sections, Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping and Business Model Innovation, experienced coaches will take the lead.

Ciaran Behan

Ciaran Behan

CEO - Course Resource UG

Ciaran 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

CEO - 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.

Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer

Vice President Global Customer Engagement and Open-Innovation - SAP SE

Georg is a passionate business professional with a proven track record in the successful delivery of global projects and programs, being responsible for all phases from inspiration to market delivery.

He has an open mind and great passion for change and new opportunities. Georg is a coach, trainer, speaker and project manager for Innovation Management leveraging Business Modell Innovation and Development as well as Design Thinking. As a business coach and mentor, he is globally supporting Start-ups and Enterprises who have a strong social and environmental focus.


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.

Pitch Doctor

Colin Bennett improves the teams presentation skills and pitch performances at euVENTION

For the last 25 years, Colin Bennett has been training business people in communication.
He has degrees in Economics and Business Administration, and the training qualification Cambridge University / RSA DTEFLA. In 1992 he began working for schools and educational trusts, where he trained groups and individuals, directed courses, developed learning materials, and carried out action research into memory and learning.  Colin became self-employed in 2000.

He has since trained people in industries ranging from advertising to academia, e-commerce to engineering, and finance to pharmaceuticals. He has also done consultancy work with advertising and PR agencies for new business pitches: writing the tender documents, designing the presentation, and developing the delivery.  For six years he spent the summer teaching written and spoken rhetoric at Durham University (UK). This experience encouraged him to branch out into speech writing, where he has advised top management, CEOs and government ministers.  For one of his clients, Colin wrote a speech for the Heiligendamm G8 Summit.

Since 2000, he has been running a range of seminars for presentations skills.  Based on the principles of audience psychology, these seminars combine theory and practice to help presenters engage their audience: to connect, to be credible and to convince.

Organising Team

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.


We are intending to cover your costs for travel and accommodation.


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?

The IP regulations will be published here soon.

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.

Why did we 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.

Due to many spam emails we have deactivated the Contact form. If you want to contact us, please send an e-mail to Raoul(dot)Haschke (at) zuv(dot)uni-heidelberg(dot)de.


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