Programme Structure

Our synthesising approach to applied learning is part of what makes us stand out. Each Summer School programme consists of a pre-arrival online assignment (starter kit), two weeks of lectures, project work, customer interviews, site visits to companies, socializing events and a pitch competition.

Starter Kit

You will receive a starter kit about a month prior to the Summer School. 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 prior to the start of the Summer School. The starter kit contains online lessons in innovation and entrepreneurship. The starter kit is meant to level of knowledge of all participants. So when the Summer School starts, you can speed up starting from a similar level as all other participants.  

Two-Week Summer School

In the two-week Summer School programmes, you will be introduced to the state-of-the-art technologies, you will meet other professionals and be amongst technology-savvy master students. The programme consists of focused lectures and keynotes by academics and practitioners, project work, company visits, customer interviews, and social events. Some of the lectures are oriented to developing your soft skills as well. You will have pitching classes and experienced coaches help you to get out of your comfort zone. An 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 making the new business. Alongside the hard work, each summer school is hosting social activities to enable you to build a firm international network.  

For online programme structure, click here.

Business Case

During the two-week Summer School, 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.


An individual final Report will be completed within 2 weeks after summer school. This is a requirement for gaining the 4 ECTS credits.

After Summer School: Pitch Competition

For Summer School winning teams willing to scale their proposal and bring it to the next level, a startup pitch competition will be organized around October. Selected teams will deliver a project/execution plan on how to continue with their initiative in front of a business panel. The winning team will receive a cash prize up to € 5000 to scale the startup and will be considered to join the EIT Digital Innovation Factory.

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.

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