Biomedical business school

Coming soon


Are you ready to change your life?

PhD’s, post-docs – are you going to be an academic all your life?

Or are you ready to change the world using your science and passion?

The healthcare sector is in the process of being massively disrupted as we start to deliver exponentially improved healthcare tapping into the existing and emerging technologies.

The biomedical device sector is a critical part of this and the world needs engineers and scientists with the initiative, creativity and expertise to drive the change. But, the journey from lab to market is challenging and few scientists have been equipped with the skills and knowledge to embark on this.

Mashauri, in conjunction with Stellenbosch University, have developed an intense entrepreneurial bootcamp aimed at closing this gap

Supported and certified by Stellenbosch University

Who is this program for?

Summer fun

Anyone interested in scientific entrepreneurship, but it will be particular relevant for:

  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Bioinformaticians
  • PhD’s / post docs


Especially those who wish to make an impact outside of the laboratory

Master the skills
Learn through doing
Practical exercises
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Entrepreneurial journey

  • The lean entrepreneurial journey
  • Design thinking
  • Ideation and problem definition
  • The golden circle – it’s all about the “why”
  • Team creation and development
  • Social impact and financial impact
  • Customer discovery and definition
  • Market segmentation and developing your beachhead
  • Competitive dynamics and positioning
  • Crafting your value proposition
  • Business models and business plans
  • Market testing and validation
  • Forecasting and funding
  • Pitching your ideas

Entrepreneurial immersion

Working in groups you develop your own venture from design through to testing.

Interspersed are

  • Presentations and interactions with entrepreneurs who have already been on the journey
  • Guidance by experienced mentors
  • Team building activities
  • More fun online than you can imagine!
  • Networking with fellow participants, mentors, entrepreneurs and investors
  • Cases of successful ventures (and a few failures)
  • Time for reflection

The circRTrain PhD training network aims at educating young researchers on all aspects of their career. With this BioBusiness course offered by Mashauri our students learnt to think out of the box regarding scientific problems and their solutions, to work in a team effectively and about potential career paths. Mashauri offered a perfectly tailored work plan including innovative solutions to make this virtual course a successful experience.

Grietje K.

Program Manager at Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology

Learn the right way to design, launch and grow a biomedical device product and increase your chances of success.

  • Find and build the right team
  • Understand funding and financing
  • De-risking your ventre through experimentation
  • Design thinking
  • Navigating legal and regulatory challenges
  • Finance and forecasting
  • Pitching to investors


Dr. Martin Nieuwoudt

Dr. Nieuwoudt is a both an entrepreneur and an educator and is perfectly placed to co-design and act as a mentor to this exciting program. His qualifications include aPhD in bioengineering and a diploma in nuclear medicine technology. He is a faculty member at Stellenbosch University.

Perfectly structured information! I learned a lot in a very short time. Suitable for those who are already interested in entrepreneurship and for those who are not yet passionate about it. 

Anna D

This program showed me the depth of the bio-entrepreneurship from above perspective. When I start my business, I will have a much better idea of what to dig deeper into. Good intense course, an excellent package for a beginner!

Artem K

Places are limited so sign up early to guarantee your attendance

(and earn a 25% early bird discount at the same time)

Apply now

Places are limited to 40 students.

Register before 30 November and you will obtain a 25% discount).

Additional discounts for 3 or more students applying together from one institution


Fee for one applicant

Pay per e-factor
  • Certificate

Fee for 3 or more

Per applicant
  • Certificate