EIT Manufacturing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programmes
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School allows Manufacturing PhD students to gain and develop the skills and capabilities needed to valorize their expertise and research into the market.
The version of the I&E Program that is called “Awareness and orientation track” is meant for PhD students that haven’t yet the intention to start an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial project in the short term, but want to learn what steps should be taken, in order to be able to use that knowledge in future. The track consists of two one-year programs: In year 1 the participant starts with learning “How to develop a business idea”, and in year 2 the participant continues exploring “How to validate a business idea and how to prepare for a launch”.
The version of the I&E Program that is called “Business Creation track” is meant for PhD students that have the intention to develop their own entrepreneurial business idea. The track consists of two one-year programs: In year 1 the participant starts with learning “How to develop a business idea”, and in year 2 the participant continues exploring “How to validate a business idea and how to prepare for a launch”.
Application are made through our platform.
The methodology of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, in both tracks and in both year programs, is based on Design Thinking principles. The typical 5 phases from empathizing to testing, according to the Stanford d.School methodology, are reflected in our program. Besides, we have added two more phases to our roadmap: self-discovery and pre-launch. Along those phases the business creation methodologies are complemented through manufacturing scientific and technological knowledge and practice. Manufacturing mentors are also assigned to the students/teams to support them along the innovation process. This makes our program unique, all-embracing and specifically manufacturing focused.
The I&E programmes are organized each year from April to December.
They are delivered in *blended mode*: with on line activities along the year and *3 on site events*:
* Welcome Ceremony: 23rd to 29th March 2023
* Participation to the final part of the Summer School: July 2023
* Participation to the final part of the Winter School: November – December 2023
On line sessions are taught in a 2-hours format and are always be preceded by some resources that have to be studied before. Then, after ‘class’, the instructor give students an action plan in which they apply the learning objectives on their entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial manufacturing project and reflecting how they could valorize in one way their research project in the future.