Frequently Asked Questions
About the program
What are the requirements to get accepted in the program?
Moebio seeks diversity. Instead of looking for an “ideal candidate”, we invite applicants with different sets of skills, accomplishments and aspirations to take part in our community. To create a dynamic environment where everyone can learn from each other, we seek participants coming from different backgrounds and meeting the following requirements
- An undergraduate degree in Medicine/Life Sciences, Business/Economics, Engineering/IT or Design, or a postgraduate degree such as a Masters degree in Science, a PhD or a post-doctoral training.
- Proficiency in English.
- The will to make a turn in their professional careers and pursue innovation in healthcare.
How many seats are available?
d·Health Barcelona recruits up to 16 fellows per edition. Following a hands-on methodology, the small group of participants benefit from a personalized training approach, that enables a learning environment where sharing and co-creation are essential.
Will I get a certificate after completing the program?
All the participants who successfully complete d·HEALTH Barcelona will receive a personal certificate from Moebio attesting their participation and completion of the program.
How are teams created? Do they remain the same during the program?
Teams are created at the beginning of the program, during the bootcamp, where participants take part in different workshops, helping them to get to know each other. Then, the Moebio management team create the teams based on the dynamics created in those workshops and making sure that each team is composed of members coming from different backgrounds, making it multidisciplinary. Teams remain the same for the entire program, as every team will be working on developing their product and later establishing a new venture.
Is there a final exam at the end of the program?
d·HEALTH Barcelona is a practical and ongoing learning experience thus its participants are not required to sit any exams. Rather, the participants’ efforts and projects will be constantly evaluated during the entire program.
Can I work during the program?
d·HEALTH Barcelona is a full-time program and requires a high level of commitment from its participants during the nine months of its duration. It is therefore very unlikely that the participants will be able to keep a job aside while completing the program.
Benefits and career opportunities
What will I be able to do after I graduate?
d·HEALTH Barcelona has two main objectives is for its participants:
- Create new ventures together with their respective teams. Upon the completion of the program, the fellows acquire the skills to work as entrepreneurs and run their own businesses. 30% of d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows run their own business project after competing the program. See here the startups founded by our alumni.
- Train talented innovators able to get access to fascinating careers in related fields such as intrapreneurship, innovation management and entrepreneurial finance. 95% of d·HEALTH Barcelona fellows find a job in the healthcare sector after the program. See here the most popular career opportunities and some companies already recruiting our alumni.
d·HEALTH Barcelona can connect you to the most influent players of the biomedical sector, giving you access to a pool of interesting entrepreneurship and employment opportunities!
Is it a good fit for me?
I already run my own company/startup, is this program for me?
This is a program designed for people who wish to become entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector. Applicants who created their own startups in the past, but who are free now and fulfill the admission criteria are more than welcome to apply to Design Health Barcelona. This being said, entrepreneurs, just like other program applicants, should be ready to work and get involved in the creation of a new venture, from scratch, during the program. The goal is to identify the need during the program. If you are willing to accelerare your own project, check CRAASH Barcelona.
What if I already have an idea on which I would like to build on?
If you already have an idea that you are currently working on, we strongly suggest finding other venues, such as joining a health incubator. d·HEALTH Barcelona is a program for those with an interest in starting a venture in the healthcare industry, but that do not have a concrete business idea to pursue.
I don't know anything about Medicine, does that matter? I don't know anything about Business, does that matter? I don't know anything about Design, does that matter? I don't know anything about Engineering, does that matter?
The program is open to applicants coming from any of the four specific backgrounds (Medical, Business, Engineering and Design) becauseknowledge from these fields are all equally important in order to create and run a successful startup in healthcare. It is assumed that candidates do not have expertise in more than one or two of these fields, and this will be compensated by creating multidisciplinary teams during the program, ideally with one member from each background, so that everyone can contribute and learn from each other. While knowledge across these fields is a plus, what does matter is that applying candidates can demonstrate strong knowledge in their primary field, and an interest in learning about other academic disciplines. During the program, specific knowledge in the four disciplines is provided.
Is this program open to international students?
d·HEALTH Barcelona fully welcomes international students to apply for its program. Note that in addition to speaking fluent English, international students should be able to understand basic level of Spanish or Catalan, as they will be in contact with these languages while in clinical immersion.
I am working and older than 35. Can I apply?
Anybody who fulfills the admission criteria, regardless of age or any other personal characteristic is more than welcome to apply. However, applicants who are already employed, just like other program applicants, should note that Design Health Barcelona is a full time program, thus they are very unlikely to be able to keep assuming responsibilities for their current employers. Also, they should be ready to work and get involved in the creation of a new venture, from scratch, without the support or interest of their current employer.
About creating a new venture
What if I can't agree with my teammates on the direction to take? Can I go on my own?
One of the main program goals is to create multidisciplinary teams with expertise in different fields needed to create and run successful startups in healthcare, and allow everyone to learn from each other. This is not always easy, and disagreements will be part of everybody’s learning experience. Design Health Barcelona thus gives support to its participants to learn how to build strong teams and manage their internal conflicts during the full program duration.
To what extent will participating in the program help me to finance the startup created?
Design Health Barcelona trains its participants to develop products that are highly needed in today’s healthcare systems, create sustainable business models around them, and work out catchy presentations to pitch in front of investors during the demo day. While nothing can fully guarantee that entrepreneurs will receive funding, all d·HEALTH participants will be provided with the best opportunities to seek external financing.
Who should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status or if I haven’t found the information I was looking for?
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
About the application process
How will my application be evaluated?
d·HEALTH Barcelona is looking for ambitious candidates who have appetite for risk and like to face new challenges, on top of showing strong personal and ethical values.
Through the entire admission process, applications will be evaluated by weighting three main criteria:
- Applicant’s ability to demonstrate strong knowledge in their primary field, including proving relevant education and/or experience
- Applicant’s ability to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills (during interviews)
- Applicant’s ability to demonstrate creativity skills (during interviews)