On September 7th, SmiLe launches ‘SmiLe e-Campus’, a digital education program for aspiring Life Science entrepreneurs run in collaboration with industry experts GE Healthcare and Philips Electronics. Out of 120 applications from all over the world some 60 participants have been chosen to enter the program – three times more than planned.
The participants will receive entrepreneurial training from SmiLe’s experts in a number of different areas such as business models, corporate governance, funding, IP and regulatory strategy. The program also includes lectures by industry experts from GE Healthcare and Philips Electronics, offering participants valuable insight into the needs and requirements of the Life Science industry as well as a unique access to major industry players from the start.
Out of the 60 participants to the e-campus program 17 are from Sweden, 14 from EU and the rest from other parts of the world, representing both entrepreneurs, academia and business life.
“We are overwhelmed with the attention the SmiLe e-Campus program has attracted from all over the world. We have had so many applications that we had to increase the number of seats a number of times during the process. This program offers a unique insight into the Life Science industry – on-line – and we’re thrilled to have participants representing such a wide variety of different occupations and countries”, says Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO of SmiLe.
SmiLe e-Campus is a free, on-line program aimed at very early stage start-ups, higher education graduates and new entrepreneurs looking to start a business or career in the life science sector. Starting September 7th, the program runs part-time for eight weeks. The program is run through EIT Health.
For more information: Ebba Fåhraeus, CEO at SmiLe Incubator, +46 (0)734000433, email@example.com
About EIT Health Campus: EIT Health Campus provides educational programs as part of EIT Health. These programs provide the brightest participants with the most current knowledge, skills and strategies to turn them into healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs who will shape the future of health in Europe. Campus programs are intended to enhance industry knowledge and provide novel skills.
EIT Health supports the Campus to inspire increased entrepreneurship and to spread knowledge to more countries. Campus applicants should have a desire to engage in life science innovations, but do not need to have fully developed business concepts. It is also open to recent graduates and to people with no experience of entrepreneurship. Region Skåne is one of EIT Health’s Swedish partners.
About GE Healthcare: GE Healthcare, a company in the General Electric Group, manufactures laboratory instruments and medical diagnostics equipment. Its headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois, USA
About Philips Electronics: Philips Electronics, Koninklijke Philips N.V. with headquarters in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, was previously one of the largest electronics companies in the world, but now focuses on health tech.
SmiLe Incubator is a life science business incubator based in Medicon Village in Lund. SmiLe helps entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas. There are currently more than 20 companies in SmiLe, which together with alumni companies, have attracted more than EUR 280 million in venture capital to date since 2014. SmiLe offers business coaching, a large network of contacts and a dynamic community, as well as well-equipped laboratories which is unique of its kind in Sweden. SmiLe is a non-profit organization and receives basic funding from Region Skåne, Lund Municipality, Lund University and Medicon Village. SmiLe´s sponsors are Agilent, Sparbanken Skåne, Awa, Høiberg, Prevas, Setterwalls, Zacco. SmiLe’s listed alumni companies have a market capitalization of almost EUR 750 million (Q4 2019). www.smileincubator.life