Join the StarShip initiative and create lifesaving innovations in 9 months

University | 2020-01-15

European Institute of Innovation and Technology Health Community (EIT Health), a close partner of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is encouraging you to take part in a StarShip initiative. If you are passionate about innovative solutions, love working with a multicultural multidisciplinary team and would like to make a real impact on the society, join the StartShip today.

StarShip is an EIT Health educational initiative in collaboration with leading European academic and health industry partners.

Using a blend of different educational approaches – including elements from the Stanford Biodesign methodology – StarShip is a unique opportunity for participants to be involved in needs-driven life science innovation, working together with other innovators in highly skilled multidisciplinary teams, in close collaboration with Europe’s leading health care industry actors and EIT Health partners.

During the part-time, nine-month program, fellows learn to apply a proven and action-based approach to find solutions to challenges, verifying user requirements, and identifying unmet health care needs. In the multidisciplinary teams, fellows will develop responses to critical real-time problems, validate them in real health care settings, and produce a solution that will have an impact. Throughout the program, the teams are coached and mentored by the StarShip academic team and designated industry mentors.

StarShip’s outcome will be a crucial contribution to relevant market opportunities in collaboration with the industrial partners.


  • The StarShip program is for you if you want to:
  • Start an entrepreneurial venture in the health technology space
  • Solve real, concrete, health care market challenges
  • Learn about needs-driven innovation methodologies and solution design
  • Travel Europe with your team and your class
  • Learn about the keys to successful innovation and entrepreneurship from Europe’s leading academic institutions
  • Establish business connections and networking with key healthcare companies looking for talent
  • Develop new solutions in a multidisciplinary group environment


A StarShip future participant must:

  • have a strong interest in the health sector with a background in one or more of the following areas:
  • Medicine
  • Life science
  • Engineering (biomedical, mechanical, or other)
  • Economics or business management
  • Public policy
  • Design
  • hold a Bachelor’s Masters or PhD degree in one of the above mentioned fields.
  • be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
  • be able to dedicate the equivalent of 9 weeks of full-time work, including some fixed one-week education modules, one or two days’ visits to companies (potentially), and some dedicated time for on-line teleconferences and teamwork – during the course of the program;
  • have a strong desire to be a change-maker in the healthcare innovation space;

Participants are eligible from the following countries: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


  • Send your CV and a letter of motivation to by 31st January 2020, 23h59min CET. A reference letter is not required in the first application phase but it will be requested if the applicant is shortlisted in this selection phase.
  • Participants will be assessed according to their CV, motivation letter, area of expertise and English fluency in the first selection phase.
  • In the final selection phase, candidates will be assessed based on the letter of recommendation and an individual online interview with a Starship alum.
  • Final selection of participants is expected to be announced by March 2nd.

More information here.

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