Each summer school programme consists of a pre-arrival online assignment (starter kit), lectures, project work, customer interviews, socialising events and a pitch competition.
You will receive a starter kit prior to the beggining of the programme. It contains an assignment on business modelling methods and tools. The assignment will take you about eight hours to complete and it should be completed one week before the start of the summer school. The starter kit contains online lessons in innovation and entrepreneurship and it is meant to level up the knowledge of all participants. This way, when the programme starts, all participants are at a similar level of knowledge.
All programmes consist of focused lectures and keynotes by academics and practitioners, project work, and social events. You will be introduced to the state-of-the-art technologies and you will meet other professionals and tech-savvy master students. Some of the lectures are also oriented towards developing your soft skills. You will have pitching classes and experienced coaches helping you step out of your comfort zone.
Another important aspect of the summer school is the interaction with companies and entrepreneurs. You get insights into how the local industry is working on digital transformation or how a new business is developed. Alongside the hard work, each programme is hosting social activities helping you build an international network.
During the summer school programme, participants from different backgrounds immerse themselves in real business case studies originating from accelerators, startups and our network of 200+ industrial partners. You will work in heterogenous teams and will be supported by coaches to crack these business cases. Eventually, you and your team will be able to incubate an innovative product or startup. Each team will present their solution on the final day of the Summer School and the jury will appoint one winning team.
A pitch competition is organised at the end of the programme.
An individual final Report will be completed within 2 weeks after the end of the programme. This is a requirement for gaining the ECTS credits.
Take the opportunity to stay competitive and grow your skills in this digital age
After completion of the Summer School programme, you will be able to:
Perform a business planning process in the context of a relevant thematic area
Identify and assess the impact of digital technologies and their transformative power
Understand user value, business life cycles, global market trends, industry value chains, market segments
Understand IPR issues as well as financial and risk-related issues
Apply new acquired presentation and communications skills, decision-making and leadership competencies
Reflect on ethical, societal, scientific and sustainability views as a developer of new products, technologies and business models