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LISEAD - Life Science Entrepreneurship Academy

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LISEAD has put together a team of thought and academic leaders to provide an invaluable learning and development program. 

  lisead logoEmpowering the Next Generation of Life Science Entrepreneurs




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Scientists hold the key to breakthrough life-science innovations. Translating innovation into benefits for society requires entrepreneurial spirit and expertise. By combining our scientific, entrepreneurial and educational excellence, we as founding partners started the Life Science Entrepreneurship Academy, LISEAD, to bridge that gap and empower more scientists to become successful entrepreneurs.

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    You're cordially invited

    ESMT President Jörg Rocholl invites you to join a special cohort of future leading "scientrepreneurs".

    Let's go deeper

    Seasoned entrepreneur and founder of Blue Ribbon Partners, Marco Janezic, breaks down the LISEAD program for you.

    Why we need LISEAD in Germany

    Prof. Matthias Tschöp, CEO of Helmholtz Munich, portrays the observations in the German Science Innovation ecosystem that calls for the formation of an academy to bring forward scientific “Hybrid-talents” skilled in science, entrepreneurship & management.

    What you'll learn

    Daniela Sommer, CTO of Helmholtz Munich, describes the unique content of the bootcamp and why we believe that a human-centric design is the key to success for entrepreneurial executive education.

    How it works: our unique compilation for scientists

    LISEAD is designed for aspiring life science entrepreneurs and prepares you for a different world. For us, success means helping you thrive in your transition from a research-focused scientist to a business-minded, entrepreneurial scientist. Hence, we spared no effort to design an entrepreneurial schedule tailored to scientists and dipped into the expertise of all our founding and supporting partners. The result is a unique combination of three key ingredients reflected in our three pillars of success:

    Three pillars of success

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    (1) Unlock your potential:

    With our tailor-made psychometric assessment before and during the program, we help you to discover your entrepreneurial potential as well as clusters of traits and motivational drivers which promote your development journey: Who is your entrepreneurial "you"? What complementary characters would help you thrive in a team? How can you get comfortable feeling uncomfortable?

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    (2) Try before you fly:

    How can you know if it works without having tried it? Live your first startup experience and experience the irreplaceable value of living through the challenges of a startup leader in our tailor-made company-building simulation.

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    (3) Execute with experts:

    We have recruited practiced entrepreneurial veterans, business experts and leadership coaches from the life sciences to share their experience with you, guide you and answer all your questions. Combined with the most recent entrepreneurship education approaches, this will enable you to uncover the secrets of successful “scientrepreneurs”.

    Your learning journey in a nutshell

    Want to join?

    The LISEAD admissions team is looking for a diverse group of professionals who are excited to succeed as life science entrepreneurial leaders. Tell us who you are and we will consider each aspect of your application to ensure LISEAD is right for you and you are for LISEAD.

    Before starting the program application, ensure you meet one of the following criteria:

    • Graduate level in the natural sciences
    • An interest in entrepreneurship, first entrepreneurial experiences, e.g. university courses, are welcome

    All applicants will participate in a selection process where we evaluate your entrepreneurial motivation and uncover your entrepreneurial potential.

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    Additional information

    Our founding partners

    Blue Ribbon Partners: Entrepreneurship excellence – Partner of choice for research organizations and corporates to bring entrepreneurial visions to life, from conception to spin-off and successful company scaling.

    ESMT Berlin: Executive education excellence – Germany’s #1 business school offering a unique blend of academic excellence with extensive expertise in designing and delivering customized programs.

    Helmholtz Munich: Life science excellence – The second-largest health center within the Helmholtz Association with access to 2000+ scientists.

    Your program advisors

    Simona Schindler
    Paulin Conrad

    Faculty overview

    Meet the multidisciplinary team of leaders and professors. 

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    Your data will be used exclusively for processing your application and for registering in the program. Please note that the LISEAD program is a joint initiative of three partners: ESMT Berlin, Blue Ribbon Partners and Helmholtz Munich. For the program, both ESMT Berlin and Blue Ribbon Partners are responsible for the processing of your personal data. If you want to exercise your data subjects’ rights, please contact ESMT. You can find more information about how we process your personal data in the downloads section below. Please also read our privacy policy here. We process your personal data also in connection with any online meetings. Recordings, if any, will be announced. We have carefully selected our service providers and concluded data protection-compliant contracts with them. You can find detailed information here.

    General Terms and Conditions of Open Programs apply as relevant.