Maastricht E-Lab

The entrepreneurial health sciences professional provides an additional perspective on how to operate as a professional within the field of health. Introduction to the processes through which entrepreneurial behaviour can result in meaningful innovations.

The E-lab in Maastricht consists of two parts:

–          Part I: organizational and managerial perspectives related to healthcare services (April-May ’18).

–          Part II: entrepreneurial perspectives related to healthcare services (May-June ‘18).

–          Part III: a business development (pre-incubation) trajectory (july-Nov. ’18).

 The aim of the e-lab is to stimulate the development of entrepreneurial competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes) and to let learners experience the importance of enterpreneurial competencies in healthcare setting of the 21st century.

Throughout the E-lab learners work in study teams on potential healthcare services. They start by exploring basic concepts of organization and management to understand how healthcare organizations operate (part I). Building on this knowledge, learners are invited to think and act differently by persueing an entrepreneurial approach (part II). Learners look for real-life challenges related to healthy living and aging to maximize motivation for developing (disruptive) solutions. At the end of part II each study team is to pitch their developed service value proposition to a panel of external professionals in a Dragons’ Den format. As an experiment, the winning team is coached to take their design to a next step: a business development (pre-incubation) trajectory (part III)

The entrepreneurial health sciences professional: Healthy living & active aging venture lab (2018)

The entrepreneurial health sciences professional:
Healthy living & active aging venture lab (2018)

Starting Date02-2018
Duration8 weeks
# Participants50
# Projects/teams12
IntensityPart-time (50% of their time on the E-Lab, the erst on
other course commitments or internships)

This E-Lab provides master’s students in the Health Sciences programme with knowledge and skills to promote the development of innovative services (or products) in healthcare. It provides an additional perspective on how to operate as a professional within the field of health. Students that participate in the Maastricht E-Lab are enrolled in a 6 ECTS course that they can take as their final elective in a 2 year MSc degree programma (Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management; Human Movement Sciences, or Health Education and Promotion). It is the only course at Maastricht University’s Maastricht Campus that empowers students to develop a plan for new business. The E-Lab offers a theoretical and practical introduction to the processes through which entrepreneurial behaviour can result in meaningful innovations. We do that by focussing in healthy living and active aging.

Balancing stability and renewal is a well- documented paradoxical requirement to any organisation that operates in an environment where societal and client expectations evolve, and where you are faced by service innovations introduced by peers and rivals. Public healthcare increasingly has to respond to these developments. They may not be able to compete on price, but they usually compete for clients.

Healthcare providers acknowledge that they will only be able to succeed in the future if their professionals are able and willing to make valuable innovation happen. That not only requires taking initiative and showing persistence and stamina. Effectively coping with challenges and opportunities requires an entrepreneurial mind-set in which opportunities to create value are seized without being limited by the resources currently controlled.

In the E-Lab you will no longer be a student; instead you will act as [1] a business developer or as a [2] nascent entrepreneur. This means that we expect you be a young professional and not a senior student.