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Period

July, 15th to July, 25th 2018

Contents

TOPSTARS 2018 offers to PhD students a unique hands-in opportunity to address a societal challenge in the Raw Materials framework by combining the technical expertise with innovation and entrepreneurship experience.
The summer school will introduce students to entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour, business and innovation processes, high-tech ventures marketing and business model generation techniques.. 
At the beginning of the school the students are introduced to challenges proposed by partner companies. An introduction to the underlying technical issues is provided together with information about innovation and business.
Teams are formed around the best ideas presented in a fast pitching session. The teams consolidate those ideas and start to explore not just the technical feasibility but also the potential and practical issues in terms of market, business, technology.
The initial idea is then gradually developed into a business concept that can either be entrepreneurial (e.g. creation of a new startup) or might expand the business of the proposing company. Mentoring by the companies (to eliminate the technical flaw) and by entrepreneurs/experts in business and innovation (to ensure feasibility from a business point of view) will be constant and will be necessary to prepare the teams for a final 7-minute pitch of their idea in front of the companies and of a panel including technical, innovation and entrepreneurial experts.
To strengthen the teams, complementary cultural and aggregation activities (outdoor) are presented during the week. An overview of the non-conventional, highly stimulating atmosphere and of the activities and outcomes that are expected also for TOP STARS 2018 is provided by the video of the latest edition of the school proposed in the school's website (see Box Useful Links).
Extra activities: Visits to companies, team building activity, day off

Participants’ background

Up to 60 students, both EU and extra-EUGraduate students, young researchers. Mainly materials-related, but we leverage on diversity.
A good level of English is needed (B2). Selection criteria: English test, CV, motivation letter, optional GRE.

Workload and credits

The Summer school lasts 10 days, is in English language, foresees 6 frontal lectures (2 hours each), 6 mentoring sessions (2 hours each), 4 tutoring sessions (2 hours each) and 26 hours of team working.
 At the end of the summer school participants will receive an official UniTrento transcript of records certifying 4 ECTS
Teaching methodology: Frontal lectures on the domain and I&E, followed by team-work to finalize the proposed solution, harmonizing technical soundness and business feasibility. Mentoring sessions to drive and prepare for the final pitching

Location

The Summer School will take place in UniTrento permises.

Accommodation

All participants will be accommodated in double room in 4-star-hotel in Trento.

Participation costs

750 € for partner universities
1.000 € for non-partner universities

Deadlines

Application by students by May 15th 2018

Contacts

Prof. Matteo Leoni, UniTrento: matteo.leoni [at] unitn.it