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Institute for Regenerative Medicine • IREM

BEI program structure 2016 - 2023

The BEI program is a modular course system consisting of three modules, A, B, and C. 

  • Module A, Kickoff: General introduction to BioEntrepreneurship.
  • Module B: Fundamentals: Essential entrepreneurial knowledge and skills with topics such as intellectual property, regulatory affairs, clinical development, basics of law and finance, product development, marketing, and soft skills.
  • Module C, Best Practice: Explore selected topics in workshop-style sessions and benefit from personalized one-to-one coaching opportunities.

Modular course system

BEI Modules

Module A: Kick-Off

The main learning objectives of Module A are to get a taste of BioEntrepreneurship, building a team, developing a business idea as well as preparing and presenting a first company pitch.

Participants can either bring their own business idea or jump on another project. Teams are built according to the 3H principle. This means setting up a diverse team consisting of a Hipster, a Hacker and a Hustler.

As a special extra, we have a line-up of successful start-up founders who share their experiences and knowledge on how to become a start-up entrepreneur in the fields of BioTech, MedTech and Pharma. These speakers also coach how to avoid the most common beginner's mistakes when developing products from ideas to launching them on the market.

The general business idea that has been created in Module A can be further refined in Modules B and C. However, there is also the option to pursue a different idea by joining a new team.

Info sheet Module A 2023 (PDF, 103 KB) 

Module B: Fundamentals

The learning objective of Module B is to deepen understanding of the professional requirements for a start-up venture and to translate this knowledge into a specific business case.

Module B covers essential topics such as intellectual property (IP), regulatory affairs, hard and soft facts, networks, financial and legal aspects of founding a company. Each topic will be presented by an expert with extensive knowledge in the specific field. This enables professional networks to be built and facilitates contact with professionals who might otherwise be difficult to meet.

While acquiring knowledge on how to setup a start-up company, participants continuously develop and refine their founding idea and product development and refine their pitches.

Ideally, projects launched in Module A would be continued in Module B, but there is also the possibility to come up with a new idea and form or join another team.

Info sheet Module B 2023 (PDF, 117 KB)

Module C: Best Practices

[Due to restructuring of the BEI program, 2023 is the last time we offer Module C in this format]

The aim of Module C is to provide in-depth knowledge on areas that are critical in building and structuring a life science company. Workshop-like sessions provide the opportunity to delve deeper into selected topics and gain practical knowledge and skills.

As in Modules A and B, experienced entrepreneurs and experts in residence will share their knowledge and will provide invaluable insight and input. Company pitches are improved further and the business plan will begin to take shape. The smaller group size provides an ideal environment for close exchanges and lively discussions as well as the possibility for one-to-one coaching.

The target groups are researchers who have a concrete business idea, are eager to become entrepreneurs and envision kicking-off their start-up company in the near future. A prerequisite for participation in Module C is the successful completion of at least Module A. 

Weiterführende Informationen

Course Series 2024

BEI program 2024

Module A: Kickoff (info)

[fully booked] Spring dates : 21.02 & 06.03. 2024 

Fall dates: 29.10 & 12.11. 2024

Each course day from 13:00 - 17:00


Module B: Fundamentals (info

[fully booked] Course dates: weekly from 21.08 until 23.10.2024 (mix of on-site and online sessions)

Each course day from 13:00 - 17:00