During the minor Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences and Health you will study how scientific findings in the field of life sciences and health get translated into social and economic applications that benefit society and/or the economy. The translation step from knowledge to innovative products or services often proves to be difficult. Many good ideas perish in the proverbial "valley of death". The question you ask yourself during this minor is how successful entrepreneurs and innovation managers succeed in introducing a new product or a new service. Naturally, you explicitly look at innovations in life sciences and health care, such as pharmaceutical products, medical devices, digital health applications (eHealth, mHealth), etc.

You will learn about the principles of business administration and entrepreneurship and how to write a business plan in the context of an internship. You study how large and small companies, universities, governments, financiers and social parties deal with innovation processes. You follow courses at Natural Sciences & Innovation Management and at the Utrecht University School of Economics.


The minor in Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences and Health presents you with a general understanding of the field innovation management and entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences sector.

There are no specific entry requirements for the minor Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences and Health. Please check the entry requirements and registration period of each individual course.

You can plan the order of the courses you follow yourself. There is one exception: the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Internship should be followed as the final part of the minor.

The minor is taught in English. For some courses it is possible to write assignments in Dutch.

The minor Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences and Health consists of 4 compulsory courses (30 EC; each course is 7.5 EC).

The minor consists of the following

Compulsory courses

  1. EC2EBE Essentials of Entrepreneurship (periode 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)
  2. GEO3-2220 Management Life Sciences innovaties (periode 2C)
  3. ECB2IEI Entrepreneurship and Innovation Internship (periode 1 / 2 / 3 / 4)

Keuze 1 uit 2:

  1. GEO3-2266 Sustainability, Health and Innovation (periode 1C) 
  2. ECB3CEI Corporate Entrepeneurship & Innovation (periode 3D)


Application and registration

At the moment this minor is only open for Utrecht University students. Utrecht University students can register for the minor and the individual courses online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Geosciences registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course individually.

Enrollment periods

If you enroll during these periods you are almost always guaranteed to be accepted in the course of your first choice.

  • Period 1 (Start courses: Monday 6 September 2021)
    Registration: Monday 31 May - Sunday 27 June 2021 (inclusive)
  • Period 2 (​Start courses: Monday 15 November 2021)
    Registration: Monday 20 September -  Sunday 3 October 2021 (inclusive)
  • Period 3 (Start courses: Monday 7 February 2022)
    Registration: Monday 1 November - Sunday 28 November 2021 (inclusive)
  • Period 4 (Start courses: Monday 25 April 2022)
    Registration: Monday 31 January - Sunday 27 February 2022 (inclusive)

Late-registration days

If you change your mind later on and want to take another course, or if you forgot to enroll, you have a second chance on the late enrolment days. The choice at that time will however usually be more limited

  • Period 1 Late registration: Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 August 2021
  • Period 2 Late registration: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October 2021
  • Period 3 Late registration: Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 January 2022
  • Period 4 Late registration: Mondag 4 and Tuesday 5 April 2022

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the study advisor of Science and Innovation management (Natuurwetenschap & Innovatiemanagement), Pieter Louwman (P.A.Louwman@uu.nl). Content-related questions can be asked to the coordinator of the minor, Wouter Boon (W.P.C.Boon@uu.nl). For questions specific on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Internship, please contact the course coordinator. Do you have practical questions, for example about registration? Then email studadm.geo@uu.nl.