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On 7 March Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), in cooperation with the EIT Health Network of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, hosted an informative seminar on business creation programmes offered by the institute. Latvian healthcare students, start-ups and non-governmental institutions had the opportunity to learn about the programmes offered by EIT Health that support entrepreneurs during the incubation, validation and scale-up phases.

‘At the EIT Health everything we do aims to improve the health and well-being of European citizens. We believe that innovation is the key to this goal and that is why EIT Health is a non-profit network of the best health innovators backed by the EU. We provide support based on mentoring and coaching, investor relations, smart funding and money prizes for start-ups from ideation to their scale-up phase to get them to enter and operate successfully in the European and overseas markets. If you have an idea for an innovative healthcare solution created by you or your team, come to us and we can help you to move forward!’ says EIT Health Business Creation Project Manager Tamás Békási.

EIT Health offers over 90 business creation programmes according to the development phase of each start-up.

Programme

At the end of last year RSU won the contest to become the EIT Health RIS Hub in Latvia. A series of events supported by EIT Health were held in December – an information day, a seminar on design thinking methodology and a student hackathon during which students from various Latvian universities teamed up to solve healthcare problems put forward by the Ministry of Health.

‘Participation in this programme opens up great opportunities for RSU. Firstly it strengthens the role of the university in the Latvian healthcare ecosystem. Secondly we get access to various EIT Health resources – experience and knowledge, contacts and funding programmes. And finally, the university has become a part of the European network thus enhancing its international recognisability in the field of healthcare innovations,’ said the director of the International Department Baiba Pētersone.

For more information about RSU’s participation in the EIT Health network, contact the RSU International Department via e-mail: internationalatrsu[pnkts]lv

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