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Partnership between WHU Entrepreneurship Center and intervivos

WHU students working on real challenges that the company faces

The Entrepreneurship Center at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management has always sought to create a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem in which students, investors, startups, and corporations can interact with each other. To help realize this goal, the Center has recently established a strategic partnership with intervivos, an association of medical experts and business professionals aiming to redesign the field of healthcare. The company will now bring its industry expertise, as well as financial support for research programs, to the Center’s already powerful entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As a starting point for this partnership, intervivos is supporting the first Digital Innovation Challenge as part of the “Leveraging Collaboration for Innovation” course run by the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program. For this challenge, different student teams will explore novel, data-driven business models that could help intervivos, which is currently an important provider of COVID-19 test centers, fully reap the benefits of its current expansion plans.  The company, co-founded by WHU alumnus Erik Schäfer, will provide proprietary information that will enable students to develop creative business models in a real environment. To exchange and ultimately fine-tune their ideas, students will have the opportunity to engage in rounds of “speed-dating” with several senior intervivos managers.

The WHU Entrepreneurship Center

The WHU Entrepreneurship Center is on a mission to educate the WHU community through committed, purposeful, ethical, and sustainable entrepreneurship. As an intellectual, virtual, and physical hub where people connect, ideas become reality, and resources are shared equally, the Center seeks to inspire and offer its support in the hopes of building a vibrant entrepreneurial future for students, alumni, and all ecosystem partners.


intervivos wants to help reshape the healthcare industry, create transparency in all areas, and set new standards in digital healthcare. intervivos enhances already innovative medical technologies through digital processes in order to offer everyone access to preventive diagnostics—before treatment is necessary.