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Online training: Entrepreneurial PhD Academy

Event information

Date & location

Virtual event on Lounjee

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Entrepreneurship training coordinating team

Università di Bologna


Submit your application via the online form by Monday 13 June.

Apply now to attend the first Una Europa online training for PhD students: Entrepreneurial PhD Academy!

The training will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Strengthen your transversal skills such as entrepreneurship, market analysis, business modeling, and apply them to your research project.
  • Develop your international and multicultural network by cooperating in an interactive programme with peers, mentors and academics.
  • Acquire specific skills and useful tools for the development and success of your business idea.

This initiative is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program. The activities are completely free for selected participants.

What is the training programme?

By participating in the Una Europa Entrepreneurial PhD Academy you will:

  • engage in the path from technology to innovation
  • experiment with how to identify – with a designed process – business opportunities starting from a given technology
  • will work in teams of multidisciplinary PhD student peers

Day 1:

You will learn how to activate different mindsets (design for desirability, feasibility, and viability) and leverage your creative process. You will identify possible fields of application through a structured cognitive process (from technology to values).

Day 2:

You will validate the identified values and identify your design opportunities. You will select and interview experts from your network and open your design process to external actors. In a synthesis effort, you will converge around the best opportunities that you identified.

Day 3:

You will start from the identified opportunity area and develop a final solution, presented at the end of the day. The training approach will follow basic principles of stakeholders’ centred design and integrate MVP techniques to design for viability. The training will close with teams’ pitches.

Indicative timetable (Central European Summer Time):

Day 1 and day 2 - from 11:00 to 17:00, with lunch break of around one and a half hours.

Day 3 - from 11:00 to 18:30, with lunch break of around one and a half hours.

Other useful information

The language of the training will be English.

Online activities will be hosted on Lounjee, the platform supporting Una Europa networking opportunities for early career researchers.

Participants who attend all of the three days and complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Who can apply? Am I eligible?

The PhD online training welcomes applications from PhD students currently enrolled in one of the eight universities participating in 1Europe:

  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Helsingin yliopisto/ Helsingfors universitet
  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • KU Leuven
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

You are not requested to provide any language certificate. However, please bear in mind that fluency in English language is required for effective participation and communication during the training.

How do I apply?

Deadline: If you would like to apply, please fill in the online form by Monday 13 June.

In the form you must describe your motivation to attend the training (max. 500 words). You will also have to upload a short resume of your current research activities (max. 1 page).

In your motivation letter, we recommend you focus on answering the following questions:

  • Why do you want to participate in the PhD online training and learn about topics related to entrepreneurship applied to your research activity?
  • How would participating in the PhD online training benefit you and your future goals? For example, how does your educational background relate to the PhD online training related topics and what skills are you expecting to enhance via attending this online training?
  • Why would you be a good ambassador from your university for the Una Europa training activities for PhD students?

You can write your motivation and your resume in English language or in the working language of your home university. Una Europa supports multilingualism!

Five PhD students per university will be selected. Acceptance notification will be received by mid-June.

For assessment purposes, received applications will be shared with the partner university the PhD candidate is enrolled at.

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The PhD online training is organized within the European university alliance Una Europa as part of the 1Europe project.