Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Health Innovation – WE Health
WE Health works to enhance women's participation in health innovation and entrepreneurship by: providing capacity building tailored to women’s needs, exposing women to new opportunities, and inspiring and supporting women to advance in their professional growth.
A strategic EIT Health Campus initiative, WE Health also aims at raising awareness of women's under-representation among entrepreneurs and generating innovative ideas and evaluations that encourage a more balanced EIT Health Community.
WE Health started in 2017, when a design-thinking workshop helped identify educational needs of women health innovators, in order to identify the best educational and supporting activities. The Women Health Innovators Network (WE Health Network) is the WE Health Mentoring programme.
WE Health 2018 aims at capitalising on these first-year activities by consolidating them, in particular the capacity building elements, and building on the experience and results obtained in 2017. Care will be taken in 2018 to ensure that the WE Health Network covers all of EIT Health regions and links to other women's networks. The goal is to provide a capacity building, mentoring programme that responds to the identified needs and provides real opportunities. Based on 2017 activities, partnerships with respective external institutions and networks will be reinforced and extended, in particular across different KICs.
All this is meant to lead to establishing WE Health as a long-term, sustainable initiative and community benefiting all women entrepreneurs and innovators in EIT Health, and thus contributing to the consortium's overall goals.
WE Health targets the overall EIT Health community, in particular women entrepreneurs and innovators, including researchers, (potential) entrepreneurs, women in industry/healthcare services, etc. Women in other communities will also directly or indirectly benefit from the WE Health activities (capacity building, mentorship activities and networking), while enhanced networking and knowledge exchange with external, general women initiatives will be mutually benefitting.