European health and innovation

Paul Coyle, Director, Entrepreneurial Mindset Network, France

This article was first published in 2018 in the Entrepreneurial Mindset Network eZINE Volume 1 no 2

EIT Health is one of six Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It was launched in 2015. 

EIT Health’s mission is to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources. 

It aims to enable citizens to lead healthier and more productive lives by delivering products, services and concepts that will improve quality of life and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare across Europe.  

As with all KICs, EIT Health seeks to integrate the knowledge triangle (business, research and education) in all activities. However, a critical fourth element is the European citizen.

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EIT Health aims to have a strong impact in a number of key areas including: increased citizen empowerment and improved quality of life, development of a better-skilled and entrepreneurial workforce, economic growth and the creation of high quality jobs and increased sustainability of healthcare systems. 

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Network has supported the EIT Health CAMPUS in 2017 and 2018 by contributing to the group evaluation of proposals for training of students, entrepreneurs and innovators, health professionals & executives, and citizens.

An example of a successful EIT Health CAMPUS programme is the Advanced Management Programme on Health Innovation (AMP-HI), designed and delivered through a collaboration between IESE Business School, Imperial College Business School and Copenhagen Business School Executive.  The programme prepares top executives to face the demands of evolving healthcare challenges in Europe and beyond. ◼️

Applying the Mindset

EIT Health is interesting in many ways, not least because it places citizen empowerment at the heart of its activities.  M from the Mindset mnemonic stands for “Meet a real need” and one of the associated actions is “be ultra responsive to feedback.”  How should you improve the ways you take into account the views of your customers, clients, patients, students and citizens?