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About SUL
The Start-Up Lab (SUL) is a hands-on interdepartmental Lab on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) an counts as one of the main pillars of the CLab of the University of Trento.
SUL is an innovative learning experience focused on customer centric creativity, idea generation, business idea optimization and pitching. It is finalized to develop innovative products/services which can, eventually, turn into a start-up. Students are constantly mentored by professionals and entrepreneurs. They pitch before an international jury during the SUL Demoday
The syllabus is in the Download box.

Apply here by 30 January 2018!

SUL Objectives
The objective of the Lab is to stimulate students to develop an entrepreneurial approach to problems and the ability to search creatively and effectively for innovative solutions that suit customer needs. SUL can be the first step to become a successful startupper, or alternatively provide crucial soft skills to become a brilliant manager of well-established SMEs or multinationals: in both cases, problem solving through creativity and innovation are the way to success.

SUL Activities
Students who apply for SUL are selected basing on the online application submitted by the deadline. Skills as well as enthusiasm are crucial to be selected. A 30'' video is to be uploaded in the online application form and the best ones 
Students can access with or without a business idea. After the session of “idea trading” students form group that work around the selected business ideas for the entire duration of the SUL. Students are free to group together according to the "diversity criterion", i.e. they should have different backgrounds and nationality. Gender diversity is much appreciated, too. They elaborate their business plan together and present it in the final plenary session (See the Demoday). The jury is composed of managers with solid international experience, as well as entrepreneurs, investors and academics from different areas (e.g. management, economics, engineering). 

The final prize: VT Challenge in Virginia, USA
The winning group will be supported by the University of Trento (or the Departments where winning students are affiliated) to participate in the Virginia Tech Business Challenge in Virginia, USA. This is a great opportunity to compete with business students from all over the world, meet international companies and get a feedback from experienced business men about the business proposals.
Past teams from Trento won the first prize of $25,000 cash in 2014 (the FeelSpace team with their navigation belt for blind people) and the third prize of $5,000 cash in 2013 with the team GraphInsight (see "The SUL Winners" for details).

Learning Method
SUL learning is partially delivered with the blended MOOC method. I.e.: students see a 15min video before class introducing one concept. Participants will discuss such concept during the interactive lesson and will immediately apply it on their own project. 24 hours of teamwork and dedicated mentoring will complement the learning experience.

SUL selection
Students interested in the SUL apply online here. Deadline is January 30, 2018.
Selection bases on skills, creativity and enthusiasm: the 30’’ video applicants should upload will be crucial in the evaluation.


Lead Coaches Alessandro Rossi, alessandro.rossi [at];
Vittorino Filippas, vittorino.filippas [at]
When Next edition starts on 20 February 2018. Classes are usually every Tuesday evening, from 18.00 to 21.00 until the end of May
Where CLab Trento - P.zza Fiera 4, 38122 - Trento c/o Istituto Artigianelli
SUL Application Deadline 30 January 2018 (feedback by February 16)
Apply for SUL Apply here . You should upload a 30'' video to explain your motivation for SUL
Teaching language English

Open to

Bachelor and Master Students, PhDs, Post-Doc, Researchers. Applications from non-students (workers) can be considered.
Class size 120 students (selection of applicants may apply)
Duration 48 hours interactive lessons
ECTS (credits) 8 ECTS for DEM students, upon agreement for other Departments. (Admitted bachelor students will not get any ECTS)

The SUL Winners

Apply online for the SUL 2018 edition. Mind the deadline!

Further information: roberto.napoli [at] or gloria.cannone [at] ( )