EIT Digital Academy Summer Schools 2018

Business relevant summer school in Digital Transformation

EIT Digital Academy Summer Schools 2018

Get insights in the latest digital technology innovation and business development this summer!

Learn more about innovations and business cases relating to EIT Digital Action Lines Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure, and Digital Finance.

Get inspired by the lectures, visits to companies, scale-ups, innovation labs and/or incubators. You will get insights through discussions and team activities with students as well as participants from the business community. Ten Summer Schools will be held at locations throughout Europe, where inspiration and real-world challenges will be presented by innovation- and business leaders from our accelerator, start-ups and network of industrial partners.

The first week of the Summer School you will be introduced to the theory of the action lines by teachers from the academic and business world. It will be network activities and introduction to the cases for the business development assignment. You will be divided into teams and start to work on the ideation phase and will by the end of the week present a value proposition and a revenue model.

The second week you will continue with team work turning the business idea into a viable business plan with start-up strategy, marketing and financial planning. You and your team will present a business plan at the end of the week in a final pitch in front of a business panel.

To bring the Summer School participants up to the same level of the basic understanding of Innovation and Entrepreneurship topics, an online starter-kit will be sent out before entering the following Summer School 2018.

If you are from the business community or the EIT Digital Alumni network, you have the possibility to choose to participate only the first week or complete the full two-week course.

Learning by doing and grow your network
As a participant in the summer school you will work in teams and apply “learning by doing” to develop a mindset and skills for innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope you will take this great opportunity to learn and network with students and professional intrapreneurs from the business and innovation community.

Get the competence
Learn how disruptive technologies have an impact on markets and businesses, and how business models are changing.

Get the confidence
Learn the different stages of the business development process and how to turn a business idea into a viable go-to-market proposal.

Get the soft skills
Teamwork with peers and multidisciplinary professionals, tools and real business challenges will help you implement your learnings and bring them home to your own business.

2018 Summer Schools programme

Digital CitiesDigital Cities

By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Our summer schools respond to the challenge of maintaining attractive, inclusive and safe urban environments by using the new digital tools and their transformative power.

Digital Industry Digital Industry

New digital technology and the associated digital transformation change the way we manufacture. Earlier business models based on cheap labour and outsourcing is no longer valid. Our summer schools focus on digitised factories, blended retail, personalised products and data-driven processes.

Digital Wellbeing Digital Wellbeing

Digital technology deliver solutions to lower healthcare costs and raise the quality of life at home and at work. Digital technology shapes healthier lifestyles, allows for increased active longevity and for easy accessible care.

Digital Infrastructure Digital Infrastructure

Digital Infrastucture is the generic enabler of digital transformation through providing secure, robust, responsive and intelligent communications, data handling and access to software applications. Our summer schools target the generic technologies that drive the digital economy.

Digital FinanceDigital Finance

Digital Finance delivers innovative financial products and services using digital technology. The objective is to make financial systems safer, simpler and increase customer value.

Why should you participate?

Take the opportunity to stay competitive and differentiate your skills in the digital journey!

"At the EIT Digital Academy Summer School, I learned the skills to evolve my business using digital transformation. I required a new set of skills that enable me to move from advocacy to implementation. That will help me create the future that I want."...continue reading.

Dr Roland Clarke

After completion of the 2 weeks summer school, you will be able to:

  • Design a digital innovation business model for increased customer value and Return of Investment.
  • Identify and assess the impact of digital technologies and their transformative powers.
  • Understand user value, business life cycles, global market trends, industry value chains, market segments, IPR issues as well as financial and risk-related issues.
  • Apply acquired presentation and communications skills.
  • Apply decision-making and leadership competencies.
  • Reflect on ethical, societal, scientific and sustainability views as a developer of new products, technologies and business models.

Who can participate?

Summer school’s welcome external applicants such as professional intrapreneurs from the business community, participants from our industrial partners as well as third year Bachelor students, Master students and PhD students. The Summer School is a mandatory module for EIT Digital Master School students.

Admission is subject to the approval of each local Summer School organiser.

How to apply?

The summer school programme is open to external participants until May 31.

If you are an EIT Digital Doctoral student - for more information, contact your EIT Digital Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) tutor and register using the application form below.

If you are a student from one of the ARISE countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) or an EIT Digital Doctoral student you have the opportunity to apply for a stipend. For more information about stipends go to the "Stipends" section.
Note, the last application date is May 15.

Application procedure:

  • Click on the "Apply Now" button below and follow the registration steps. If you apply for a stipend, go to the next section "Stipends".
  • When accepted, you will be invoiced according to your category. This will cover all expenses for the summer school except for accommodation and travel to and from the summer school. If you wish, you can choose to have the same hotel accommodation as the EIT Digital master students at a price of €250 (shared room for 12 nights).
  • If you need a visa, you must personally arrange for this in time.
  • Prior to attending the summer school, you will have to complete an online assignment (estimated time 8 hours) on business modelling methods and tools to align your knowledge with that of the EIT Digital master students.

For additional information, please contact us at: masterschool@eitdigital.eu

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Stipends (scholarships) are available for students coming from the following European countries (ARISE): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia. Stipends (scholarships for Summer School students from these countries include all costs (fee, travel, lodging and catering). Please indicate your citizenship.

Note, if you apply for a stipend the last application date is May 15 and we only have the stipends announced here. A stipend is given for one occasion only.

Registration form for Stipends application

Summer School Fee

Category Fee 1 week Fee 2 weeks Accommodation Travel
EIT Digital Doctoral students n/a Stipend Incl Incl
Students, ARISE countries n/a Stipend Incl Incl
Students, other universities (incl. partner universities) n/a €750 €250 Excl
Business community        
Alumni €1.4001 €1.9601 Excl2 Excl
Professionals, partner companies3 €1.4001 €1.9601 Excl2 Excl
Professionals, external companies €1.750 €2.450 Excl2 Excl
  1. Discount 20%
  2. Offer to join EIT Digital master student's hotel EIT at a price of €250 (shared room for 12 nights)
  3. EIT Digital member companies

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Schools.

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