Jumpstart 1-Day Bootcamp: Health and Wellness Innovation

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Health and Wellness Bootcamp

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with Ycenter presents the Jumpstart Bootcamp: Health and Wellness Innovation an experiential and interactive bootcamp focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages across the globe as aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 (UN SDG #3): Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. More information about UN SDG #3 can be found here, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3. No previous knowledge about UN SDG’s in necessary to attend.

Over the course of one full day, students will discover and break down complex health and wellness problems spanning the globe, innovate new solutions, and design solutions.


This experiential and interactive bootcamp exposes students to the tools, tactics, and frameworks used by innovators and entrepreneurs to create new startups, businesses, and social enterprises in the health and wellness fields using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The bootcamp will dive into design thinking as a way to help students frame problems and create solutions to problems focused on health and wellness in the US and internationally.

Through the course of one day, students will learn, ideate, build and explore new ways to solve real problems using the power of business methods. The modules include principles of Complex Problem Solving, Human-Centered Design, Creativity and Innovation exercises, Empathy Building for Customers and Business Model Canvas for very early-stage ideas and startups. You do not need to have a team to participate in this event or have an idea, just a problem you would like to solve. Individuals and teams are both welcome to attend.


Lunch will be provided both days for all participants (vegetarian options will be available).

Why participate

This bootcamp is for students that either have an idea for a start-up, social enterprise, of business in the health and wellness space, are in the early stages of exploring their own innovations, ideas, and social enterprises surrounding health and wellness, or are passionate about working in the health and wellness industry and/or are interested in promoting well-being via the goals of the UN SDG Goal #3. No prior experience is necessary to attend.

If you’re interested in getting constructive feedback on your ideas, gain practical problem solving skills, and an opportunity to learn from the best innovators and entrepreneurs working in the US and internationally, this is for you. International students interested in health and wellness are encouraged to attend.

Plus, learn human centered design thinking to launch your new enterprise. Human Centered design takes you through the journey of understanding problems, Empathy building for your customers, Analogous Thinking for Creativity and finally Business Model for your best idea.

Learning outcomes

  • Learning how to use human-centered design methodology for complex problem solving
  • Generating empathy for your user/potential customer
  • Building a business model for your solution or startup
  • Learn more about the UN SDG #3 goals and what is being done to improve health and wellness in the US and globally.

Ycenter Human-Centered Design: Health and Wellness Skill Certificate

Ycenter is offering a Human-Centered Design: Health and Wellness Skill Certificate upon completion of the full day bootcamp. Those interested in receiving the skill based certificate must be present all day, 9am-5:30pm and complete the assigned tasks from the facilitator.

About Ycenter

Ycenter is a Global Experiential Education enterprise. They have created and delivered hands-on workshops for entrepreneurs in seven countries across four continents. From working on social ventures in Africa to developing technology driven apps in USA and India.

About the Facilitator

Dhairya Pujara is the Founder, CEO at Ycenter, he is responsible for building a global ecosystem bringing in corporates, universities, NGOs for creating experiential educational programs. Dhairya is the curator for "Global Shaper Hub Philadelphia" by World Economic Forum. He has been a global TEDx organizer and a sought-after public speaker on entrepreneurship and international development. He delivers keynote and guest lectures in some of the top business schools and conferences around the globe. Dhairya sits on the advisory board for European Commission program LASIN - Latin American Social Innovation network. In 2015, American Immigration granted him an approval for special category work visa reserved for "an individual of extraordinary abilities”. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.

Limited Availability

This workshop is limited to 30 GW student participants only. We will create a wait list after 30 people RSVP.


If you are a recent GW Alumni or a non-student looking to attend this workshop, please contact Jasmine Bautista at [email protected] for further details.

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